The Dr. Carreon Foundation is dedicated to helping Mexican-American students in the Coachella Valley and Blythe, California accomplish their dreams of a higher education through scholarships and leadership opportunities. The late valley pioneer and philanthropist Reynaldo J. Carreon M.D. founded the organization in 1991. Dr. Carreon Boulevard, Dr. Carreon Park and the Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Jr. Academy in Indio are named in his honor.
The Reynaldo J. Carreon M.D. Foundation was founded in 1990 by the late valley philanthropist and pioneer, Dr. Carreon, to provide underprivileged students of Mexican descent a chance to pursue a higher education. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $1 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. Carreon 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. Carreon Boulevard, the Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Junior Academy and Dr. Carreon 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. Carreon and his family for establishing the Dr. Carreon Scholarship Endowment at the College of the Desert Foundation. Dr. Carreon 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. Carreon.

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

About the Dr. Carreon Foundation

The late Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon established the Reynaldo J. Carreon 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. Carreon Foundation Board of Directors has dedicated its efforts and resources to carry out Dr. Carreon’s vision. Dr. Carreon’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.

Carreon Scholars have attended some 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States. The total investment by the Dr. Carreon Foundation in direct student financial support is more than $1 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.

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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 ancestry.

Upcoming Events

October 11 - Regional College Fair

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Agua Caliente Resort & Spa

October 24 - Dr. Carreon Foundation Scholarship Workshop

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Cal State Univ - Palm Desert
37500 Cook St, Palm Desert, CA

October 29 - Dia de los Muertos

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cathedral City - Desert Memorial Park
31-705 Da Vall, Cathedral City, CA

November 5 - Dia de los Muertos

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Coachella Valley History Museum
82616 Miles Ave., Indio, CA

January 19 - Coachella Valley Elected Leaders Mixer 
Invitation Only

Meet Your Fellow Community Leaders

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Fantasy Springs Resort Penthouse Lounge


Contact Us

By Email:

By Phone: 858-344-4812

Mailing Address:
Reynaldo J. Carreon M.D. Foundation
40101 Monterey Ave, Ste B1 - #215
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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