The Desert Healthcare District, in collaboration with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, is offering a $5,000 one-year scholarship for junior and senior undergraduate students pursuing a degree during the 2016-2017 academic year, toward a career in the Mental and Behavioral Health sector. 

In order to qualify, students must demonstrate financial need (EFC of $10,000 or less on the FAFSA), be attending an accredited college or university in the United States and must reside within the Desert Healthcare District. Scholarship awards may be used for tuition, books, educational fees, living expenses or other education related expenses. 

 Scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The priority deadlines are:

August 19, 2016 ‚óŹ September 23, 2016

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Recipients of scholarships will be notified by phone or e-mail.  For further information or assistance, please call 1-760-671-2016 or e-mail David Slack at


Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the Desert Healthcare District Mental and Behavioral Health Careers Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:


Scholarship Award Amounts

The Desert Healthcare District and Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) are collaborating to provide significant scholarship awards, so that students may work less and focus more on completing their education.  This Mental and Behavioral Health Career scholarship award is:


Leadership Program

The CVEP 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 Desert Healthcare District Mental and Behavioral Health Career scholarship, you will automatically be accepted into the Pathways to Success Student and Leadership program.  Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in leadership development events, workshops, mentoring and web based interactions.  Additionally, scholars will be required to attend the following event:


Mental Health Majors & Careers

The Desert Healthcare District is investing in developing the Coachella Valley's Mental Health Workforce Pipeline.  In partnership with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, the Desert Healthcare District is accepting scholarship applications from students pursuing majors and career choices in the following mental and behavioral health related fields:


Undergraduate Majors Related to Careers in Mental/Behavioral Health


Careers Related to Mental/Behavioral Health


Desert Healthcare District: Mental & Behavioral Health Careers Scholarship Application

The Desert Healthcare District currently accepting applications only for the 2016-17 academic year (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017).  To complete the application click on the link below. 

NOTE: You must submit your 2016-17 Student Aid Report (SAR) in the financial aid section of the application, instead of your 2017-18 SAR. 

 (Clink on application link below)