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Fafsa Application

FAFSA Application:

To receive financial aid YOU MUST FILL OUT A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid).  Colleges will not grant financial aid if you do not fill out a FAFSA.  Fill out the FAFSA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  The easiest way to fill out the FAFSA is online.  The website is http://www.fafsa.gov.

Scholarship List

NM Teen Pregnancy Coalition

The NM Teen Pregnancy Coalition offers a $500 scholarship for a senior who is pregnant or parenting.  To apply students must write a 250-word essay, have at least two letters of recommendation, and have filled out a FAFSA.  No application deadline is available.  Go to the NFHS College Corner office for an application. 

Contact: (505) 254-8737 or email nmtpc@nmtpc.org

Sparx Lorenzo Antonio Foundation

The Sparx Lorenzo Antonio Foundation awards three scholarships to seniors.  Applicants must have GPA of 2.5 or higher.  The application includes brief essay and letters of recommendation.

  1. A scholarship to benefit NM public high school students who plan to attend UNM, worth up to $2000
  2. The ITT Technical Institute Scholarship, worth up to $2500
  3. A scholarship to benefit NM public high school students, worth up to $2000
Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Applicants must be Hispanic and intend to enroll full time in a post-secondary school.  Applicants must have 2.5 GPA or higher.  Application includes an essay, two letters of recommendation and FAFSA.  Scholarship applications will be available in January 2014.

La Beca Del Alcalde Scholarship

A scholarship for Hispanic immigrants or children of immigrants.  Must have 2.5 GPA.  This scholarship is especially for students without social security numbers.  The application requires an essay and two recommendations.

Kirtland Spouses' Club Scholarship

The Kirtland Spouses' Club Scholarship is available to students meeting these requirements:

Graduating Seniors (Must meet all of the following requirements):

  1. Dependents of Armed Forces personnel assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base of on remote assignment. (Armed Forces personnel are defined as members currently serving on active duty in any branch of the United States Military.) - OR - Dependents of Armed Forces personnel who were assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base but whose sponsor PCS'd during the current academic school year and dependent remained in New Mexico to complete high school graduation.
  2. This includes members of the National Guard or Reserve Corps assigned to Kirtland AFB - AND - on active duty orders at the time of application.
  3. Dependents of retired military personnel currently residing within a 50-mile radius of Kirtland Air Force Base are eligible. (If military member is deceased, the applicant must provide proof of military benefits based on the family relationship to the deceased family member.)
  4. All applicants must reside within a 50-mile radius of Kirtland AFB.
  5. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Applicants must be accepted at an accredited college, university, or vocational school on a full-time basis in the fall of 2014.

More information is available here.

Friends of Many Cultures Scholarship

The Friends of Many Cultures Scholarship will be awarded to an accredited two- or four-year college/university and be based on submission and evaluation of the following:

  1. 500-word essay entitled "Why I Want to Continue my Education"
  2. Letters of Recommendation from Principal, Guidance Counselor, and one Teacher
  3. Two Character Reference letters from non-family members
  4. Minimum 2.5 official GPA document signed by principal or guidance counselor.

Please advise us of the date of your graduation or school awards ceremony so that we may ensure forwarding the name of the successful applicant prior to that date. The Scholarship Award letter will be presented at the ceremony.

In order to receive the scholarship, a transcript of the scholarship recipient's first semester must be submitted to FOMC. The scholarship award will then be sent to the administration office of the recipient's school.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Visit Hispanic Scholarship Fund site to learn what scholarships are available.

UNCF

Visit UNCF to learn what scholarships are available.

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Albuquerque Community Foundation has 11 separate scholarship and financial aid programs to help NM residents.  Information on eligibility and deadlines are on their website.

For instance, they have a scholarship called the NM Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship. To qualify for this particular scholarship you must live in a mobile/manufactured home and have a 3.0 GPA.  There is another scholarship for students who at some point in their lives have lived in foster care.  Check out the website.  Deadlines are variable beginning in February.

We encourage you to review the James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000, awarded annually to a high school graduate who has pursued a “life dream” or educational goal in spite of facing extraordinary life challenges.

Betty Montoya Gift of Life Scholarship

The Betty Montoya Gift of Life Scholarship, sponsored by the Organ Transplant Awareness Program of NM, offers two $1000 awards and two $500 awards to seniors planning to attend a two or four-year college/university.  Must have a 2.0 GPA and must submit a three-page essay on organ and/or tissue donation.  

NM Coalition of School Administrators

The NM Coalition of School Administrators will offer two $3000 scholarships.  Candidates must be current seniors with GPA of 3.0.  Preference will be given to students entering the field of education (teacher, counselor, school business official).  Application includes an essay and two letters of recommendation and an interview for the top 5 finalists.  Deadline is February 14, 2014 and must be emailed to scholarship@nmcel.org.

Burger King

Burger King offers $1000 scholarships to seniors who:

  1. have a 2.5 GPA
  2. work an average of 10 hours per week
  3. are actively involved in community service
  4. can demonstrate financial need
  5. plan to enroll in a two or four-year college. 

Generally closes in January.

KFC Colonel's Scholars

KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program for seniors with financial need and an entrepreneurial spirit.  To qualify must have 2.75 GPA and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Applications are usually due in early February.

Southwest International Dyslexia Association

If you are a senior with dyslexia or a specific learning disability and have a GPA of 2.5 and can demonstrate financial need you may qualify for a scholarship from the Southwest International Dyslexia Association.  They offer two scholarships to high school seniors, the Lois Rothschild Memorial Scholarship and the Career-Technical Scholarship. Must have a current IEP to apply. 

Kirkland Officers Spouses’ Club Merit Scholarship

Kirkland Officers Spouses’ Club Merit Scholarship available to seniors who are dependents of KAFB Armed Forces personnel or Armed Forces personnel on remote assignment (also includes National Guard or Reserve Corps assigned to KAFB or retired military personnel).  Applicants must have 3.0 GPA and plan to attend college full time.  Criteria for selection includes GPA, ACT scores, activities, work experience, letters of recommendation and essay.

NM Jiffy Lube

NM Jiffy Lube has two $2000 scholarships, one for licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 (due March 12, 2014) and the other for students between the ages of 14 and 17 who are currently enrolled in a driver’s education class (due April 21, 2014) Both applications require essays.  No GPA or test score requirements.  

Neil Isbin Scholarship

Neil Isbin Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to a senior from Albuquerque who can demonstrate interest, work or achievements in the area of human rights/human dignity.  Contact the City of Albuquerque Human Rights Office for more information, 768-3700.  Applications are usually due in early February.

Gail and Phil Hines Memorial Scholarship

PEO Foundation (Gail and Phil Hines Memorial Scholarship) requires a 300 to 500-word essay about how your educational goals correspond to the mission of PEO, 2 letters of recommendation, official transcript, and a resume.

Buick Achievers Scholarship

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program for students who plan to enroll in a four-year college and who plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry. 

NM Engineering Foundation

NM Engineering Foundation has several scholarships designated for graduating seniors who plan to pursue degrees in engineering, math or science.  Criteria for selection include academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities and/or community involvement, and evidence of leadership, character, and self-reliance. 

William Olson/Warren Taylor Science and Engineering Scholarships

William Olson/Warren Taylor Science and Engineering Scholarships up to $2,500 are awarded to students who plan to major in a physical science or engineering field in college.  Students must have completed one additional science course beyond what is required for graduation.  Application requirements include ACT/SAT scores, letters of recommendation, short essay. 

New Mexico Scholars at CNM

Must be in the top 5% of high school class or have ACT score of 25, have a family income of less than $30,000, have completed a FAFSA, be a US citizen, be admitted to CNM with a financial aid eligible major.  This is a renewable scholarship.  It must be submitted to the CNM Financial Aid and Scholarship Services Office.

CNM Bridge Scholarship

The Bridge to Success Scholarship at CNM is granted to cover tuition for your first semester at CNM.  To receive the Bridge Scholarship you must complete your FAFSA and CNM application no later than May 1, 2014.  This year the Bridge will be granted on a first-come-first-serve-basis. This means that the sooner you complete the required applications the better.  When CNM runs out of its Bridge funds, no further Bridge scholarships will be offered.

UNM Bridge Scholarship

The Bridge to Success Scholarship at UNM for $1,500 is automatically granted for just the first semester at UNM if and only if you have a high school GPA of 2.5 in core content classes and maintain a 2.5 GPA for the first college semester.

Lottery Scholarship at CNM & UNM

The Lottery Scholarship at CNM and UNM is granted if you are a full time student (12-18 hours) and earn a 2.5 your first semester in college.  You must attend college in the Fall 2014 (first semester after graduation) to earn this scholarship.  The Lottery covers the cost of tuition.