Desert Hot Springs City Council Member Local Scholarship Success - Palm Springs News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs City Council Member Local Scholarship Success

Posted: Updated:
Desert Hot Springs, CA -

Elected at just 26-years-old, Anayeli Zavala is the youngest city council member ever to serve her native Desert Hot Springs. 

"It's a labor of love, it's, I feel passionate about my community and i just want to make it better for the next generation of students growing up in Desert Hot Springs," says Zavala.

Not long ago she too was a high school student with a dream for higher education.

While her family could not afford to send her to college, she didn't let that stop her, "My family was not in a financial situation to send me to college so I applied to as many scholarships as I could," she says.

She says local scholarships helped her achieve her goals and inspired her to give back, "When I was able to see that local organizations were willing to invest in me and to believe in my capacity to do well and succeed it really motivated me to come back to the Coachella Valley after graduating from college."

The California Desert Association of Realtors, or CDAR, was one of the organizations that believed in her. 

She says it meant the world to her, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart because their belief in me was a key factor in me being able to accomplish my dreams."

But Stephanie Zinn, the co-chair of the association's scholarship committee says her success makes the entire valley shine, "She's just a beacon of light and just is the exact the epitome of what we're looking for when we give these scholarships out."

CDAR has been helping local students achieve their dreams for 20 years. Their fundraisers provide two students from every high school in the Coachella Valley with scholarships. 

"So that we can provide hope to students who might not get it otherwise and are looking to give back to the community," says Zinn adding the scholarship does require students want to come back and use their talents in the valley.

Zavala says she's proof success is possible for all Coachella Valley students, "Follow your dreams, work hard because as long as you put in your part, you'll get there."

CDAR is hosting a golf tournament and dinner on April 24, 2017 to benefit their scholarship fund at The Lakes Country Club.

Click here for more information: CDAR Scholarship Foundation 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coachella Valley

    Man Charged With Solving Missing Couple Case Breaks His Silence

    Man Charged With Solving Missing Couple Case Breaks His Silence

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:16 PM EST2018-01-20 02:16:13 GMT
    Sergeant Walter Mendez and his team of detectives have been working for months trying to find two people: 28-year-old Jonathan Darling Reynoso and 26-year-old Audrey Moran.  "It has been tough for a variety of reasons the specifics as to investigating a missing cases are particularly difficult ... the emotional side is very difficult," says Mendez, who works for Riverside County Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit.  Difficult because behind the two images many of ...
    Sergeant Walter Mendez and his team of detectives have been working for months trying to find two people: 28-year-old Jonathan Darling Reynoso and 26-year-old Audrey Moran.  "It has been tough for a variety of reasons the specifics as to investigating a missing cases are particularly difficult ... the emotional side is very difficult," says Mendez, who works for Riverside County Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit.  Difficult because behind the two images many of ...
  • Whitewater

    Whitewater Preserve Closed After Discovery of Partially Eaten Animal

    Whitewater Preserve Closed After Discovery of Partially Eaten Animal

    Friday, January 19 2018 6:09 PM EST2018-01-19 23:09:25 GMT
    The Whitewater Preserve was closed Friday by the Preserve due to discovery of a partially eaten calf that appears to have been killed by three feral pit bulls in the area. Story: Coachella Residents Concerned About Location Of Marijuana Dispensaries The BLM did receive a report from hikers on the Pacific Coast Trail (runs right through the preserve) having observed three feral pit bulls attacking a full grown steer north of the Preserve several days ago. Story: Singl...
    The Whitewater Preserve was closed Friday by the Preserve due to discovery of a partially eaten calf that appears to have been killed by three feral pit bulls in the area. Story: Coachella Residents Concerned About Location Of Marijuana Dispensaries The BLM did receive a report from hikers on the Pacific Coast Trail (runs right through the preserve) having observed three feral pit bulls attacking a full grown steer north of the Preserve several days ago. Story: Singl...
  • Palm Springs

    Wang's in the Desert Front Door Vandalized Following Campaign Dinner

    Wang's in the Desert Front Door Vandalized Following Campaign Dinner

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:16 AM EST2018-01-21 08:16:08 GMT

    A Palm Springs restaurant is vandalized early this morning and it all stems from a picture of a local politician posing with employees at the restaurant.

    A Palm Springs restaurant is vandalized early this morning and it all stems from a picture of a local politician posing with employees at the restaurant.

Powered by Frankly