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.
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.
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.
Horatio Alger Technical/Career Scholarship
This is an excellent scholarship of $2,500 for students attending Community College. Each scholarship is approximately $2,500.
Click on: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/ for additional information.
These scholarships do not have restrictions on programs, except that students may not be pursuing AA or AS degrees specifically for transfer. Any degree/certificate is eligible as long as it ends with the student being employable.
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/
- 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 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.
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.