INDIO, Calif. -

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians has teamed with the East Valley Tourist Development Authority  to offer a scholarship fund for Coachella Valley students.

The scholarship money will help students who plan on attending a two or four-year accredited university or college.  

Candidates must either be immediate family members of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and/or immediate family members of employees of Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

"We are truly excited about this new educational resource that will focus on bringing financial assistance to our Native-American family members and extended family of employees working here at the resort" said Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Chairman Douglas Welmas. "For too long, Native-Americans have lagged behind most other Americans in securing a formal education and I see the EVTDA Scholarship Fund as a fundamental resource that will help in bridging our educational deficiency." 

Students can receive up to $1,000 in scholarship money. Short-term educational loans will also be available. 

The scholarship funds will become effective before the end of the year.