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Understanding the CVAP Scholarship Application Process 

If you have questions or would
like more specific information,
please contact our
Scholarship Committee Chair,  
Linda Simmons at (760) 340-3802 

Each Spring, Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic’s Scholarship Committee presents education scholarships to qualified, selected young women graduating from a CV public high school or completed two years of College of the Desert and planning to attend a four-year university with a National Panhellenic Conference system as a full-time student.

How do I qualify?
  • You are a senior public school female

  • You have attended College of the Desert for two (2) years

  • You have applied to a four-year university with NPC* on campus

  • You are a U.S. citizen or have permanent legal resident status

  • You have been involved in community and school activities

  • You and your family have a financial need


What steps do I need to take?
  • Your Guidance or Senior Counselor should have sent out information about the CVAP Scholarship and directions for completing the CVAP Application. You will utilize a 3-page PDF. When you have completed the application, follow the submission directions: Save and name the PDF with your high school and your last name. Email, along with your recent transcripts, to the committee at

  • Complete the application by March 8, 2024, and send it to and to your Counselor.  Be sure you have attached your letter of recommendation and transcripts. 

  • The applications will be read and evaluated by your school's CVAP committee.  

  • The CVAP Scholarship committee will select five (5) senior women who best qualify to schedule an interview and continue the process. These interviews may be in person or by Zoom. The top five will receive an email giving the time and date of the interview.  


What’s involved with the interview?

It’s a conversation where you have an opportunity to go into more detail about your college goals, as well as talk about your personal interests and service activities. Interviews take place at your high school.


Any other tips?​
  • School and extracurricular activities are also an important part of CVAP scholarship choice. 

  • You will be asked to sign a video release form.

  • Also, if you are selected but then discover you will be receiving a full-ride from the university, your scholarship will be presented to the next selected qualified girl. 


Please note you’ll be required to provide documentation that you're enrolling in a four-year university prior to receiving a scholarship award.

Your award money will be mailed directly to the university you will attend. 

When will I know if I’ve been selected?

You’ll be notified shortly after the interview. It may be the CVAP team member or your counselor that will inform you of your selection.


CVAP will celebrate your achievements!

The first Saturday of May is a very special day for all the members of Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic!  It’s the day we work hard for all year and the presentation of our newest scholars is the highlight of the day.


You’ll be invited, along with a parent or guardian, to a delicious luncheon at a local country club. It’s a chance to get a bit dressed up, meet other college-bound gals from other high schools, and attend a brief meeting to get specific details on obtaining the funds and any reporting expectations. And, you’ll have a Class Photo taken!


What else do I need to know?

What all members of CVAP have in common is that we attended a four-year university and were members of a National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sorority. Our experiences during college within one of the 26 sororities provided us with lifelong friendships (or what we call sisters), leadership skills, career networking, and so much more.  We encourage all of our scholars to give serious consideration to not only applying to a university that has NPC sororities on campus but also to learn about the recruitment process.


We can share so many stories of positive experiences our past scholars have had - simply by the fact that they went through recruitment and selected a sorority that fit their social and educational interests. Many tell us they could not imagine life without their "sisters" and the memories they've created.

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