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Support LGBTQIA Students

Founder's Message

Donor Spotlight

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Melissa Austin~

As a retired university professor, I have seen first-hand the value of education. Although I initially chose academia primarily to do research, I soon discovered that the most gratifying aspect of my job was mentoring students, and seeing them use their education to begin their own successful careers.

I was fortunate that my own graduate studies were supported by Public Health Service traineeships and Regent’s fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley. Without these resources, it would have been much more difficult to achieve my goal of becoming an epidemiologist, researcher, and professor.

As a lesbian, I also appreciate the unique challenges faced by LBGTQAI+ students in higher education. Thus, it is my great pleasure to contribute to the CV Pride Scholarship Fund at the College of the Desert. I hope the scholarships will encourage students in our community to remain confident and to persevere in realizing their educational goals. 

To provide students tuition and living funds at the College of the Desert who identify as LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, or Asexual).

Be a part of the solution and contribute any amount that makes you feel good.

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Pay It Forward Project

#PayitForward is our campaign to assist those students that are looking for a better way to support their ability to attend higher levels of education.

WHAT RECIPIENTS SAY

"I want to be a teachers assistant for special education.  I really enjoy working with special needs kids and adults.  I love bringing joy to their days.  I like helping kids learn in different ways because I needed to be taught in different ways as well.  Thank you again"