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New Mexico is widely known for their Southwestern style food, the International Balloon fiesta, and the breathtaking mountain views. New Mexico also has a number of colleges and universities and has dedicated many resources to ensuring that New Mexico’s youth can afford to obtain a higher education. Some of these awards are open solely to residents of NM while other scholarships are open to students from any state who attends a college or university in NM. If you are a college student with NM ties, check out the list below for some NM scholarship ideas:
New Mexico High School Senior Scholarships provide a number of different scholarships that are open to high school seniors. These awards are open only to residents of the Albuquerque area. Some of these awards require students to major in a certain field, such as STEM or automotive engineer. However, other awards are geared towards students from specific high schools or who have specific qualities, such as a disability. A full list of all awards along with the eligibility criteria can be found at this website: http://albuquerquefoundation.org/high-school-scholarships.aspx.
University of New Mexico Regents Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen students at UNM. In order to be eligible for this award, students must submit a completed application for admission to UNM and a scholarship application prior to the December 1st deadline. The award provides $17,803 in funding plus an additional award, called the Amigo Scholarship. This award is renewable up to three additional years. In order to be considered for these scholarships, students must have at least a 3.9 grade point average and have at least a 31 on their ACT. Additional information can be found at this website: https://scholarship.unm.edu/scholarships/non-resident.html.
Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program helps NM residents afford tuition by paying a portion of their tuition. This award is only open to students who have received a NM diploma of excellence and who attend a public university or college in NM. The award begins during the second semester that the student is enrolled in college and the award is renewable up to three times for students who attend community colleges and up to seven times for students who attend a 4-year institution. Students must enroll for 12-15 credit hours of coursework per semester and must begin the semester after they graduate high school. In addition, students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average. Additional information can be found at the following website: http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/lotteryscholarship.aspx.
New Mexico Graduate Scholarship aims to increase the diversity of graduate students who attend NM institutions. As such, awards worth up to $7,200 are given out to students. The highest consideration for these awards is given to NM students from the most underrepresented groups. In exchange for the award, students must agree to serve in an unpaid internship position within the state during the academic year. Students can apply for this award by contacting the financial aid office at their college or university. Additional information about this award can be found at the following website: http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/graduate-scholarship.aspx.
Author: Jeff Gitlen