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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

Lottery Scholarship at CNM & UNM

The Lottery Scholarship at CNM and UNM is granted if you are a full time student and earn a 2.5 your first semester in college.  The Lottery covers the cost of tuition.  Students are required to take 12 credits at CNM/15 at UNM (or other public NM universities).  Students must enroll within 16 months of graduating high school.

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, students must be admitted and have their FAFSA completed by March 31 of each year.  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.

CNM Foundation Scholarships

With one application, you will be considered for each scholarship you are eligible for, including MULTIPLE scholarships designated specifically for New Futures grads.  This scholarship application is posted in late spring each year and can be found here.

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. Students must apply to UNM by Feb. 1st and have a 3.3 high school GPA.

Opportunity Scholarship

This pays for tuition and fees that are not covered by other forms of financial aid.  Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA for continuation of the scholarship. It can be applied to any public college or university in the state.  There is no application needed for the scholarship.  Students are awarded it if they graduate from a NM high school and have been state residents for 1 year.  Part-time students also qualify. For more information, see this website.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship

 This $5,000 award is specifically for young mothers.  The application becomes available in May, with an August 1st, deadline each year. For more information, follow this link.

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 $1000
  2. A scholarship to benefit NM public high school students, worth up to $1000

http://sparxlorenzoantonio.org/english/application-forms/ 

APS Education Foundation Varsity Scholarship

You may enter to win one of 10 scholarships being awarded to May graduates!  To enter, you must complete various "senior" activities, such as applying to college, taking a career interest inventory, etc.  The application website is sent to seniors' APS emails each fall.  If you need another copy of it, please contact the senior counselor.

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

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

  1. AHCC- $1000 Applicants must have 2.5 GPA or higher.
  2. Thrive multi-year scholarship- $5,500 
Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Visit Hispanic Scholarship Fund site to learn what scholarships are available. Applicants must have a 3.0 or above to qualify. Scholarships are awarded from $500-$5,000. 

Project Yellow Light

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Scholarship is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits. Juniors and seniors are eligible to produce PSAs in various media to earn scholarships from $2,000-$8,000:

For the video competition: For both the high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $8,000. Videos are due April 1.

For the billboard competition: For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Billboard designs are due March 1.

For the radio competition: For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Recordings are due April 1.

UNCF

Visit UNCF to learn what scholarships are available.

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Albuquerque Community Foundation has multiple 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.

The Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship is also available for students interested in pursuing a degree in a trade. 

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.  

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is open to minority students and pays for four years of school.  It also provides internships, leadership training and job placement assistance.  Applications are due on January 11, 2023. 

NM Coalition of educational leaders

The NM Coalition of Educational Leaders will offer two $3,000 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.  The deadline is in February of each year and applications must be emailed to jolynn@nmcel.org.

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. 

The 2023 Toyota High School Scholarship Challenge

The 2023 Toyota High School Scholarship Challenge - Applications are open now through March 26th, 2023 and include a 250 word essay. Apply to earn $1000 toward your College Education.

NM Jiffy Lube

NM Jiffy Lube will award a $5,000 Overall Scholarship Award and three (3) $1,500 finalists awards with at least one finalist from each category: licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 and the other for students between the ages of 14 and 17 who are currently enrolled in a driver’s education class. Both applications require a simple 500 word essay about what drives you. Finalist essays will be selected from the 500-word “What Drives You?” essays. No GPA or test score requirements. The essay deadline is March 3, 2023!

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 Erika Rimson for more information, 505-348-4472.  Applications are usually due in early May.

PEO Foundation Scholarships

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.

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. 

Women in Construction

Women in Construction is offering scholarships for female New Futures students who are interested in careers related the construction industry. The deadline is Feb. 17th. Awards are $500-$1,000 and renewable. Please see the application at this link.

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.