Join the Great Alumni Hunt

This fall, College of the Desert (COD) students have the incredible opportunity to win valuable scholarships during The Great Alumni Hunt as they hunt for COD alumni throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond. Each student will earn points for the greatest number of alumni that they add to their team between September 29th – October 25th, 2023. Throughout the month, these teams will compete in an “Amazing Race-style” competition where they, their team members and notable alumni mentors will sprint to connect with as many COD alumni as possible!

Points will be awarded for each individual who is found. Extra points may be awarded depending upon certain criteria such as profession, location of where the alumni lives now and years attended. The Launch Party will take place on Friday, September 29th, where students and their mentors will be introduced and have an opportunity to start collecting team members.

Throughout the month, several Quick-Fire events will provide the chance for more alumni to be found. Those who cannot attend can register at

The Finale Celebration will take place on Wednesday, October 25th during a Coachella Valley Firebirds game at Acrisure Arena, where final points will be tallied, and valuable scholarships awarded.

“COD is proud to produce a professional workforce to strengthen our Valley’s social and economic infrastructure,” shares Catherine Abbott, Executive Director for COD Foundation. “The Great Alumni Hunt will show the impact of talented COD alumns while supporting students who are putting themselves through school to achieve their educational dreams.”

We are excited to discuss the details of our potential partnership further. To Sponsor the event, click here or contact Catherine Abbott at 760.773.2561 or by email

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