The Dr. Carreón Foundation will honor its Class of 2023 scholarship students at a Gala Banquet at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio on Sunday, June 11, 2023 from 4 pm to 7 pm. The event is open to everyone in the community, with money raised from the event going toward next year’s Class of 2024 scholarships. Reservations are required (see below).

“This annual ceremony is a most rewarding experience for not only the scholarship recipients, but also for their families, our scholarship partners, friends of our Foundation, and those in the community supporting our mission,” stated Dr. Carreón Foundation Executive Director Ricardo Loretta.

Students with minority ethnicity from the Eastern Inland Empire were invited to submit a scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded to students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, are involved in bettering their community, and who demonstrate leadership skills and financial need. This year 462 applications were reviewed, and 89 deserving students will receive awards.

The celebratory affair’s keynote speaker is Dr. Conrado Bárzaga, CEO of Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. Other speakers include Alumnus Jason Davalos, Foundation Board President John Henry Garcia, and Executive Director Ricardo Loretta. Entertainment for the evening will be offered by a popular local band.


Most scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000, with a total of almost $250,000 being awarded, a record for the foundation. This outlay is possible due in part to sponsorships from local organizations and individuals, such as OneFuture CV, and many other gracious partners and individuals. In addition, the Foundation was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from Desert Healthcare District Foundation to support the scholarship program.

To date, the Foundation has now awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 900 students. Recipients have attended schools locally and across the country including College of the Desert, CSUSB Palm Desert, University of Southern California, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University, to name a few.

Tickets are $85 per person and seats can be reserved at For additional information call (858) 344-4812.

About Dr. Carreón Foundation

The late Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreón established the Reynaldo J. Carreón M. D. Foundation prior to his death in 1991, to enable Americans of Mexican ancestry to become the best they can through education. Recently, the board expanded the mission to include assistance to all other minority ethnicities, such as Black, Asian, Indian, Native American, etc. The Dr. Carreón Foundation Board of Directors has dedicated its efforts and resources to carry out Dr. Carreon’s vision, which was to help his people “be the greatest Americans possible.”  Carreón scholars have attended some 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

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