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
- Work Study opportunities
- Grow Your Own Scholarship Application
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 competitive application you can.
What are Scholar Dollar$?
A single online application, application processing and awarding system. Developed by Student Information Management, Division of Student Success. Designed in collaboration with NMSU Foundation and the office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Learn more and apply.
Print our Scholarship Handout for NMSU Grants‘ primary scholarships
NMSU Grants’ Scholarships
Use the NMSU online portal to apply before March 1 each year. Complete the Scholar Dollar$ 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.
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
- Cobell Scholarship
- NM Gas Company http://www.nmgco.com/nasp/
- 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 the amount funded by the New Mexico Higher Education changes due to the NM Legislature and the State of NM budget.
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.