Scholarships and Work Study
There are numerous opportunities for you to pursue if you’re looking for ways to pay for some of your college education.Below are some of the most common and relevant:
- scholarship opportunities;
- tips for applying for scholarships; and
- Work Study opportunities at NMSU Grants.
To the right, you can check out the Scholar Dollar$ program available through NMSU.
Please be aware that in applying for scholarships, you cannot wait until the last minute, fill out a form, and hope to get selected. You need to plan ahead, make sure you understand the requirements of each applicable scholarship, and then make a commitment to submitting the most competetive application you can.
What are Scholar Dollar$?
A single online application, application processing and awarding system. Developed by Student Information Management, Division of Student Success. Designed in collaboration with NMSU Foundation and the office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Learn more and apply.
NMSU Grants’ Scholarships
Use the NMSU online portal to apply before March 1 each year. Complete the Scholar Dollar$ application.
Associated Student Government Scholarship
For part-time students taking between 6-8 credits during the summer session who maintain a 2.5 Cumulative GPA, a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Associated Student Government organization is available. Download full details and apply.
Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (CDEC) Scholarship
If you or a family member have a CDEC, Inc. account, you may be eligible to apply. Awards are $1,500 for fall and spring, fulltime students, minimum GPA 2.5. More information can be found on the CDEC website. Applications are due May 1.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Information about scholarships and internships can be found on the HACU website.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a number of scholarships. Annual submission period is September 1 through December 15.
Native American Scholarships
There are many scholarships for Native American students. We advise you to research the many opportunities and talk with other students who have accessed these. Your investment in time, applications, and good grades can pay for your college. Start early and honor the deadlines. Most require a Tribal Needs Analysis – you must have a current, completed FAFSA on file with our college and provide this form to our Scholarships Coordinator. An advisor in Las Cruces completes all forms and sends them to the grantor. Let Student Services know of other good resources and scholarships; below are only a few of the many scholarships:
- American Indian Services Scholarship http://www.americanindianservices.org
- AISES A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship http://www.aises.org
- AISES Intel Scholarship http://www.aises.org
- NM Gas Company http://www.nmgco.com/nasp/
- Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company http://nnogc.com/scholarship.html
- Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance http://www.onnsfa.org
- Laguna Department of Education http://www.lagunaed.net/
- Acoma Higher Education http://www.puebloofacoma.org
New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship
The New Mexico Lottery Scholarship is automatically awarded to qualified students starting the 2nd semester of their freshman year. Please be advised that there will likely be changes to the amount of tuition that is funded through this scholarship, effective sometime in the Spring 2014 semester, due to Lottery funding shortages.
Before funds are awarded, students must first complete at least 12 graded credit hours earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5 during their first semester. Students must pass 12 credits each semester and progress towards a Bachelor’s degree. Students must be classified as a Bachelor’s seeking student by the start of their 5th semester on Lottery. Students may receive the Lottery for eight semesters.
Many NMSU Grants’ students benefit from the support of their Tribes. Please check with the Tribe you are registered with for specific information. The NMSU website provides general information about Tribal Scholarships.
Tips for Applying for Scholarships
- Make sure you find the scholarship(s) that you are actually qualified for. Most scholarships target particular groups of people: students in a particular field of study; students with a particular ethnic or racial distinction; students with a certain Grade Point Average. Make certain that you find the ones that best fit you.
- Make a point of developing activities and relationships beyond the classroom. Your professors have expertise in their fields of study. Let them get to know you and your interests. These folks can write fine letters of reference for you when you apply for scholarships, but in order to do so, they need to know something about you. This way, they can write an accurate and detailed letter of recommendation.
- Get involved in some kind of organization that reflects your goals and interests. For example, you might belong to a campus club that does community service work or a group that does volunteer work and puts on community events. This kind of involvement shows that you are using your skills to serve your community. Scholarship donors typically want to support not only good students but good citizens as well.
- Finally, before you submit your scholarship application, let someone look it over for clarity, grammar and spelling problems, and completeness. No matter how great a writer you are, you will miss things and another pair of trusted eyes can save your application from automatic rejection because of some overlooked detail.
Work Study at NMSU Grants
Students who complete a FAFSA and indicate an interest in Workstudy may receive Workstudy as part of their financial aid award. “Workstudy” is a job on campus (there may be placements in the community with pre-approved non-profit agencies), beginning at minimum wage, and students may only work during the semester, no more than 20 hours per week. It is a great opportunity for students to develop work skills, be a part of the NMSU community, network, and create future references.
Students must do several things before they may begin working at NMSU Grants – see the NMSU Workstudy link, for how to proceed.
At NMSU Grants, we offer on average 25 student employment positions each Fall and Spring semester, including state workstudy, federal workstudy, and non-need based workstudy. Therefore those students who submit the workstudy application (available in the Front Office) and arrange with an office or program manager to be hired are the students who will fill these limited positions.
Offices and departments that often hire students:
- ABE/GED Office
- Business Office
- Computer Technology/Creative Media Technology
- Humanities Department
- Instructional Technology
- Math Department
- Math Lab – for MATH tudors
- Science Department
- Student Services
- Student Success Center (prefers students who have completed one year of college and higher MATH and ENGLISH)
Students are encouraged to submit the application before the semester begins and to meet with the Department. Each Department may be looking for specific skills and work attributes or have specific requirements. A helpful resources is the NMSU Handbook for Work Study programs.