The Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley  will distribute $100,000 in college scholarships to local students at its  annual Scholarship Luncheon Monday.

      The 11:30 a.m. luncheon will be held at Miramonte Resort & Spa, and the  $100,000 is the most ever raised in the Women Leaders Forum's history. The  group received a $50,000 matching grant from Pathways to Success, a division of  the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, and several thousand in donations  from members of the community.

      At the luncheon, former television station owner Jim Houston will  present the first Jackie Lee Houston Scholarship to a Palm Springs High School  student. Jackie Lee Houston, a longtime member and supporter of the Women  Leaders Forum and a prominent local philanthropist, died in 2011.

      Founded in 2001 by current Indian Wells Mayor Mary T. Roche, the forum  has raised more than $250,000 for college scholarships for members of its Young  Women Leaders Program.

      Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Attendees are asked  bring canned food items for Indio's FIND Food Bank.

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