Pathways to Success Scholarship Criteria

The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program is changing the culture of college going by offering sizeable scholarships to Coachella Valley students (like you) with demonstrated financial need who wish to complete an undergraduate college degree. If awarded a scholarship you will be linked to a wide variety of leadership and student support services designed to help you succeed in college and your professional career.

Our goal at Pathways to Success is to provide the financial resources and student support services to students who have clear career goals, students who have demonstrated leadership or involvement in their community or school, and students who have the desire and motivation to succeed. Our GPA requirements for eligibility are broad. We require a 2.0 GPA or above for first and second year college students, and a 2.5 GPA or above for third and fourth year college students. We fully recognize that your GPA should not be the sole determining factor in your ability to attend and succeed in college. But, we also recognize that you may need additional help, advising and academic assistance once you are in college.

For that reason, if awarded you will be linked to Pathways to Success support services that provide workshops on college readiness and financial management, training in how to navigate your way through college, and one-on-one counseling. In addition, you will be included in the Pathways to Success Leadership Program, which is designed to help you develop your full potential in college and cultivate the skills essential for your success as a professional.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You or your parents must be permanent residents of the Coachella Valley for the past three (3) consecutive years.
  • You must have attended a California high school for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years and graduated or completed a GED in the state of California.
  • You must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 2nd priority deadline: http://www.fafsa.edu.gov. If you are ineligible to complete the FAFSA, you must complete the California Student Aid Commission's (CSAC) financial aid application: www.calgrants.org.
  • You must demonstrate financial need (as identified by academic institutions and FAFSA of CSAC).
  • You must be pursuing your first Bachelor's or Associate's degree at a non-profit accredited college, university, or academic institution in the U.S.
  • You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA or above and maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing throughout the academic year (as defined by academic institutions). Third and fourth year college students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA or above and maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing throughout the academic year (as defined by academic institutions).
  • You will be given preference if you have had previous involvement in college preparation program(s), demonstrate community leadership, have been involved in a career pathway program(s), and are first in family or first generation to attend college.
  • You must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from a professor, counselor or community leader. Letters must have been written within the past two years.
  • You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • You must submit a complete copy of your 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA or the California Aid Report (CAR) from CSAC.
  • You will be expected to sign a contract with the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program involving you in scheduled leadership events, mentoring, workshops, and web based interactions.
  • You must complete the Pathways to Success / College Futures Foundation information release form.

Scholarship Award Amounts

Pathways to Success and its local matching partners have agreed to increase the level of scholarship awards, so that you may work less and focus more on completing your education. Scholarships are available to you in one or two year increments in the following amounts:

  • Up to $2,500 for Community College for one year
  • Up to $5,000 for Community College for two years
  • Up to $5,000 for University for one year
  • Up to $10,000 for University for two years

Scholarship awards may be used to cover your tuition, books, and living expenses while attending college.

Leadership Program

The Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program is not only focused on increasing student success in college, but also in helping students increase their leadership success. Pathways to Success brings together industry leaders to share their expertise and affords our scholars unique networking opportunities. If awarded a Pathways to Success scholarship, you will automatically be accepted into the leadership program and will be required to attend the two (2) following events:

  • Pathways to Success Scholarship Awards Ceremony
    • Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
    • Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
    • Location: To Be Determined
  • Pathways to Success Leadership Conference:
    • Pre-Conference:
      • Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
      • Time: 5:30PM - 8:00PM
      • Location: To Be Announced
    • Conference (Day 1):
      • Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
      • Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
      • Location: To Be Announced
    • Conference (Day 2):
      • Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
      • Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
      • Location: To Be Announced

The above events will be hosted in the Coachella Valley.

Scholarship & Leadership Program Application

The Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program application deadline to apply is Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 11:59PM. This year, Pathways to Success and local partners will award more than $1.3 million in scholarships to valley students.

Scholarship awards will be announced in April 2016 . For more information regarding the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program or for assistance with the application process, please contact us at 760-340-1575 or scholarships@cvep.com..

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