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The Dr. Carreón Foundation is dedicated to helping Mexican-American students in the Coachella Valley and Blythe, California accomplish their dreams of a higher education through scholarship and leadership opportunities. The late valley pioneer and philanthropist Reynaldo J. Carreón M.D. founded the organization in 1991. Dr. Carreón Boulevard, Dr. Carreón Park and the Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreón Jr. Academy in Indio are named in his honor.

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About Dr. Carreón

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About the Dr. Carreón Foundation

The late Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreón established the Reynaldo J. Carreón M. D. Foundation prior to his death in 1991, to enable Americans of Mexican ancestry to become the best they can through education. The Dr. Carreón Foundation Board of Directors has dedicated its efforts and resources to carry out Dr. Carreón’s vision. Dr. Carreón’s wish to help his people “be the greatest Americans possible” is being accomplished.

The mission of the Foundation is to support initiatives that will lead to increased and enhanced educational opportunities for the youth of Mexican-American heritage in our Coachella Valley community as they prepare to become leaders of our future. The Foundation focuses on the following areas: Education, Leadership, Community Involvement and Pride in Mexican-American Cultural Heritage.

Carreón Scholars have attended some 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States. The total investment by the Dr. Carreón Foundation in direct student financial support is more than $1.3 million and more than 400 students from the Coachella Valley have benefitted from these scholarships. The foundation has also awarded more than $300,000 in grants to local organizations.

Ricardo Loretta, Executive Director

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The Reynaldo J. Carreón M.D. Foundation was founded in 1991 by the late valley philanthropist and pioneer, Dr. Carreón, to provide underprivileged students of Mexican descent a chance to pursue a higher education. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships to more than 400 students from local high schools. Recipients have attended schools including College of the Desert, the University of Southern California, UCLA, MIT and Harvard University.

Dr. Carreón was a co-founder of what is now John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio and helped found the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce in 1980. Dr. Carreón Boulevard, the Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreón Junior Academy and Dr. Carreón Park, all in Indio, are named in his honor. In 1984, College of the Desert dedicated the International Fountain of Knowledge in honor of Dr. Carreón and his family for establishing the Dr. Carreón Scholarship Endowment at the College of the Desert Foundation. Dr. Carreón also established three other scholarship endowments at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine; Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton; and Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona.

Scholarships are awarded to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA, are involved in the community, are of Mexican ancestry, and demonstrate leadership skills and financial need. Scholarships range from $1,250 to $5,000. Students must show a commitment to bettering their communities like the organization's founder, Dr. Carreón.

All scholarship applicants must complete and submit this application for the Reynaldo J. Carreón M.D. Foundation online. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Dr. Carreón, A Story of Wonderful People

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Be enrolled as a full-time student in a Coachella Valley or Blythe High school.

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Have earned at least a 3.0 un-weighted grade point average for all four years of high school work completed.

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Be able to demonstrate qualities of good citizenship, leadership and financial need.

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Be of Mexican/Hispanic ancestry.

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Contact Us

By Email: [email protected] 

By Phone: 858-344-4812

Mailing Address:
Reynaldo J. Carreón M.D. Foundation
41550 Eclectic St. 
Palm Desert, CA 92260



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Rabo Bank | One of our many sponsors

Rabo Bank | One of our many sponsors
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Thank you to all of our Sponsors
RAP Foundation
Chandi Group
Fernando Quiñonez-Meza Memorial Fund
El Rancho Meat Market #5
COD Alumni Association
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COD Foundation
CSUSB-Palm Desert
Forest Lawn
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Rabobank
Unicars Honda
Belarde Auto Group
JFK Hospital
Supervisor John Benoit
Sunshine Landscape
FG Creative
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