We are excited to announce that Desert Scholarship Foundation’s applications are now digital, making it even easier to apply.

Congratulations! You are planning to pursue your education further, and we are here to help you. Below are a list of available scholarship applications offered through Desert Scholarship Foundation, made possible by generous donors who want to help you succeed. We HIGHLY recommend quickly reading through the helpful hints below before you get started. If you have questions about your eligibility or need any assistance, please use the contact information above to connect with us anytime!

IMPORTANT: Here are some helpful tips to navigate this new application…

Gather necessary documents.

To apply, the following items will be required. You will not be able to move onto the next step until each step is fully completed.

  • Most Recent Copy of your Unofficial Transcripts
  • Two References from Non-Family Members
  • Essay Prompt: In at least 300 words, tell us how you plan to use your education to financially support yourself in the future.

Begin your application.

Once you begin your application, you will provide your first name, last name, and email address along with other contact information. After you’ve provided your contact information and proceed to the next step, your account will be created.

Welcome to Kaleidoscope.

You will then receive an email welcoming you to Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope is the scholarship platform that is hosting the application this year. By using Kaleidoscope, you will be able to login to your account to work on your application at your convenience.

Saving your application.

To save your work on the application, simply complete a step and click “Next Step” to save the information on the previous step. If at anytime you need help with your application, select the “Need Help?” link located on the left side of the page. If you exit an application in the middle of an incomplete step, the data on that step will not save.

Additional tips when filling out the application.

  • Enter the most accurate information you have. The more details you can provide, the better we are able to review and score your application.
  • Please use an email address you use often. We will be communicating with you throughout the year, providing updates on your application’s progress.
  • When entering your Institution, please type the formal name of the school. Many options are listed, please ensure the option you choose is the correct school.
  • If the employee does not have an email address, please use the applicant’s email address.
  • If at anytime you need help with your application, select the “Need Help?” link located on the left side of the page.

Submitting your application.

Once you have completed all steps, you will submit your general application. This will allow you to view all the other scholarships you qualify for. These are short submissions, typically only requiring your name and email to submit because you provided everything the review board needs on your general application!

Additional resources.

Fast Web’s Quick Reference Guide to Evaluating Financial Aid Award Letters will help you better understand your Financial Aid Award Letter, financial aid terminology, the different costs associated with going to college and provide other resources and questions to help you make informed decisions about your education.