College Corps

College of the Desert is launching its College Corps fellowship program this Fall. College Corps is part of a state grant that is designed to reduce college debt, engage college students in public service and leadership opportunities, and better the community. 

Fellows in College Corps will build their leadership skills and work with community leaders to address critical issues in the Coachella Valley while achieving their college goals.

Students who complete a year of service will be eligible to receive $10,000. Nearly 6,500 college students across the state will participate in service opportunities around critical issue areas. There are 50 spaces available to COD students. 

College of the Desert’s year-long service opportunity will be with our partner Find Food Bank. Fellows will learn about the efforts to address food insecurity in the Coachella Valley as well as take part in direct service activities.

Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Do you need financial assistance to pursue higher education? College Corps offers a way for you to do both! Submit an application today!

We are currently no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. College Corps staff will be sending applicants an email regarding their applications. 

In partnership with Find Food Bank, we are joining a statewide effort to tackle statewide challenges. This initiative has three core goals: 

  • Create a generation of civic-minded leaders with the ability to bridge divides and solve problems. 
  • Help Fellows graduate college on time and with less debt.
  • Address societal challenges and help build more equitable communities across California. 

Students who complete 450 hours of services with College Corps will receive the following benefits: 

  • $7,000 stipend (living allowance paid monthly), plus $3,000 Education Award upon program completion 
  • Real-world job experience and skills to add to their resume 
  • Access to training, networking, and professional development opportunities 
  • A sense of pride and accomplishment in working toward a common purpose alongside young leaders from across the state. 

In order to participate, students must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria: 

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent (i.e. GED)by August 2022
  • Full-time (12 or more credits), enrolled College of the Desert student 
  • No minimum GPA, but students must currently be and remain in good academic standing 
  • Able to commit to the program for the full academic year

Students selected to join the Fellowship should also meet at least (1) of the following criteria: 

  • Qualifies for a Federal Pell Grant 
  • Qualifies for a State Cal Grant or Middle-Class Scholarship 
  • Needs to work part-time to meet their educational costs
  • Is an AB-540 Eligible Dreamer 

The first of its kind initiative launched in partnership with California colleges and universities. Over the next two years these partner campuses will deploy more than 6,000 College Corps Fellows to tackle statewide challenges.

The first of its kind initiative launched in partnership with California colleges and universities. Over the next two years these partner campuses will deploy more than 6,000 College Corps Fellows to tackle statewide challenges. 

Students selected to join the Fellowship should meet at least (1) of the following criteria: 

  • Qualifies for a Federal Pell Grant
  • Needs to work part time to meet their educational costs
  • Is an AB-540 Eligible Dreamer

Students must also meet the following minimum eligibility criteria: 

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent (i.e. GED) by August 2022
  • Full-time, enrolled undergraduate student attending College of the Desert
  • No minimum GPA, but students must currently be and remain in good academic standing
  • Ability to commit to the program for the full academic year

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Please check our website February 2022-2023 for the 2023-2024 school year. 

College of the Desert’s College Corps will be working to increase awareness and address issues around Food insecurity through our partnership with Find Food Bank.

College Corps has three goals: 

  1. Create a generation of civic-minded leaders with the ability to bridge divides and solve problems.
  2. Help low-income students graduate college on time and with less debt.
  3. Address societal challenges and help build more equitable communities across California. 

Fellows will be able to complete their service hours at the College of the Desert Palm Desert campus or Find Food locations. 

Fellows need to complete a total of 450 hours of service with College Corps to be eligible for all benefits. Required hours will include onboarding, leadership development trainings, and other College Corps Fellow activities. 

Students can submit their application and email collegecorps@collegeofthedesert.edu for assistance with meeting enrollment eligibility requirements. 

There are several benefits to participating in College Corps including: 

  • $7,000 stipend (living allowance), plus a $3,000 Education Award;
  • A real-world job experience and skills to add to their resume;
  • Access to training, networking, and professional development opportunities;
  • A sense of pride and accomplishment in working toward a common purpose alongside young leaders from across the state. 

College of the Desert will be hosting 50 Fellows throughout the academic year.