How to Apply for a Scholarship

The Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation encourages all students with a keen interest in advancing their career in tourism or hospitality to apply. The Tourism Foundation works with OneFuture Coachella Valley to oversee its college scholarship application process, including:

  • Providing student support services
    • One-on-one counseling
    • Financial aid package review
    • Student Leadership Conference
    • Mid-Year Conference
    • Personal mission statement
    • Workforce preparation/awareness
    • Disbursement of scholarship awards to schools
    • Student progress reports to the Tourism Foundation
  • Marketing hospitality scholarship opportunities for the Tourism Foundation scholarship program to high school seniors in the Coachella Valley
  • Managing the Tourism Foundation’s online scholarship portal and scholar selection process.
    • Overseeing scholarship application intake
    • Providing student application support and troubleshooting
    • Providing Foundation scholarship reviewer trainings
    • Facilitating application review and scoring
    • Ranking applications and proposing scholar selection
    • Affirming document verification and scholar support
    Providing dollar-for-dollar matching of the Tourism Foundation’s scholarship funds up to a maximum of $13,000

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How to Apply for a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Scholarship
CTA scholarships of $49 will be awarded quarterly on the following schedule.

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2019 CTA Scholarship Application Deadline

Notification of Award

March 31, 2020

by April 15, 2020

June 30, 2020

by July 15, 2020

September 30, 2020

by October 15, 2020

December 31, 2020

by January 15, 2021

For more information on the CTA program and scholarships, contact CTA Program Manager Erica Abarca at or 760-969-1322.