Scholarships and Important Dates

Scholarships and Important Dates

Deadline 9/9/2017: $1000.00 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship: Requirements must be high school senior.  See application for additional requirements:

Deadline 9/15/2017The Gates Scholarship application is now open! Reward includes tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs.  Interested students can apply by visiting  Requirements: A high school senior.  From at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American. Pell-eligible. A US citizen, national, or permanent resident. A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.  Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or Public College or university.

 *For American Indian/Alaska Native, proof of tribal enrollment will be required.

09/27/17: The QuestBridge National College Match is a nationally recognized nonprofit that awards hard-working, high-achieving, low-income students a full four-year scholarship.  Requirements: Any high school seniors who excel academically and exhibit strong personal character, but come from households earning less than $65,000 annually with limited assets are eligible for this scholarship and are encouraged to apply. 

10/1/17: FAFSA Application for Class of 2018. This application allows students to receive loans, grants, and scholarships as well as allows schools to award grants, work-study, and loans. Regardless of financial need, some schools may require to submit this application in order to be submitted for a scholarship. 
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10/1/17NMSU Scholar Dollar$ Scholarship Application.This application is used by students at New Mexico State University to be automatically considered for all NMSU scholarships and financial aid. For more information:

10/01/2017Vivint Smart Home Scholarship 
5 Scholarship Winners From Across the US 
The Vivint Smart Home Scholarship recognizes and awards 5 winners a $1000 scholarship. Requirements: Seniors or college students, a citizen of the United States that currently lives in the US, must be planning on or already enrolled in one of the eligible majors listed in the Scholarship Official Rules, and must submit a 1-2 minute video that meets the guidelines described on the Vivant Smart Home Scholarship webpage. This scholarship will be recurring in both the Fall and the Spring.

10/2/17Hispanic Heritage Foundation 2017 Youth Award. Youth award honors Latino high school seniors who display characteristics of leadership, ambition and are interested in the various categories of Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media and Entertainment, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Requirements: Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, be a Latino High School senior, and be interested in the above categories. Three applicants will be awarded from each category. For more information:

Deadline 10/02/2017Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship 
100 Scholarship Winners. 2 From Every State.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes 2 winners—
 Requirements: Seniors only, 3.0 GPA or betterparticipation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.  One male athlete and one female athlete—from each state will be awarded $1000.00 or more (see website for details and application 

 10/6/17: AES Engineers Scholarships. Requirements: Applicant must be a high school senior or a student at any post secondary educational facility. Student must submit a 500-1,000 word essay answering the prompt "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?" Applicants will be chosen on the basis of character expressed in the essay, not GPA, test scores or their enrollment in engineering courses. The winner will receive a $500 award. For more information: 

10/12/17New Mexico United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship. This program intends to offer a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship to current high school juniors or seniors expressing an interest in politics and/or public service. : Requirements: Must be a permanent resident of the United States and hold a current elective student office in student government, civic, or a educational organization. For applications and instructions: or 

Deadline 10/15/17UNM Application Fee-Waiver. The University of New Mexico is offering applicants a fee waiver if the submit their application before the deadline. They ask that you submit the "Pay Later" application when asked to select a method of payment. If you apply after this deadline, the application fee is $25. To apply:

Deadline 10/15 of your senior yearThe Raise Me website is a scholarship awarding site that recognizes each of your achievements in school. You can easily earn scholarships for many schools that are partnered with that are instantly displayed in your portfolio and redeemable when you go to college. Requirements:Any 9th-12th grader can sign up, and receive various amounts of money for each achievement. You will earn $25 for each A in a course, $100 for each leadership position you have had, $75 for each AP or IB course taken, and $250 for visiting a campus. Sign up now to see what you have already earned! 
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10/20/17Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is hosting another annual International School Essay Contest as a mandated element of the 2017-2018 International Achievement Week Observance. The essay must be entitled:"What Actions Can You Take to Promote Social Justice and Embrace Diversity of All People." The winners will receive one of four college scholarships: 1) $5,000; 2) $3,000; 3) $2,000 or 4) $1,000. Requirements: college-bound high school seniors who submit an essay application through a Chapter of the Fraternity; essay must be original, between 700 and 750 words long, typed, and submitted via postal service or email. For more information on requirements and rating criteria:

10/23/17: Association of Chinese American Engineers and Scientists of New Mexico -Young Asian-Americans Student Award. The ACES/M< is now accepting applications for students of Asian heritage and rewarded $250 scholarship to each recipient at the annual ACES/NM Annual Meeting in March 2015.Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizens, have Asian heritage, be a 10th-12th high school student, exhibit characteristics of community involvement and academic achievement, submit a transcript, as well as include a letter of recommendation for a teacher or community leader familiar with the applicants activities and achievements. For more information:

10/25/17: The Horatio Alger Scholarship awards deserving, financially unstable, hard-working students a scholarship anywhere from $6000 to $25000 to aid them into going to college. Requirements: Students who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in their school lives and in overcoming personal adversity will be awarded this scholarship, as long as they have had a high school graduation in the spring/summer or are a high school senior on track to graduate, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, have critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income), and have a United States citizenship. Also must have applicant's counselor complete a Certifications Form online.

Nomination Deadline 
11/10/17: Davidson College is inviting nominations for the John M. Belk Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated intellectual and personal achievement as well as leadership ability. Up to 8 Belk scholars will be chosen for Davidson's Class of 2022, each receiving an annually renewable scholarship of $63,903, and two study stipends (up to $3,000) to pursue international study and other enrichment opportunities. THIS SCHOLARSHIPS IS RECEIVED BY NOMINATION ONLY, meaning your counselor must nominate you for this scholarship. Nominees must submit an admission application by December 1, 2017. If you like to be considered for a nomination or would like more info, contact your counselor or visit

Deadline 11/30/2017:  2018 Daniels Scholarship-applications open 9/29/2017. The Daniels Scholarship is a 4-year annually renewable scholarship for graduating seniors in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming that wish to apply for any nonprofit college or university in the U.S. The Daniels Scholarship assists with the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses. However, what is covered is dependent on the applicant's individual and financial needs.  Requirements: Citizen of the U.S., high School senior graduating from CO, NM, UT, or WY., demonstrate financial need. To apply:  

Deadline 12/1/2017Regent's Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that offers approximately $18,337/year including Legislative Lottery Scholarship. Applicants will automatically be considered for both the Regent's and Presidential Scholarship using criteria judging academic performance, leadership potential, and more. Requirements: First-time freshman, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, ACT combined score of 31 (comparable SAT) and a 3.9 unit GPA. For more information:

Deadline 12/1/17Presidential Scholarship is a scholarship that offers approximately $8,663/year including Legislative Lottery Scholarship. Applicants will automatically be considered for both the Regent's and Presidential Scholarship using criteria judging academic performance, leadership potential, and more. Requirements: First-time freshman, 25 ACT (comparable SAT), 3.75 unit GPA, and NM high school graduate or NM GED recipient. For more information:

Deadline 12/1/17Unified Caring Association scholarship for 11th and 12th grade.  Scholarship details and entry portal are located here, essays must be 500 words in length to qualify:

Deadline 12/12/17: Carson scholarship nomination application.  For grades 9-11th.  Must have a cumulative 3.75 GPA average in core classes and be actively doing volunteer work.  Please submit your name and turn in your completed essay to your counselor by end of school day on 12/12/17.  (750 word maximum) Choose one prompt to answer.  

 1. “All good men and women must take responsibilities to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level that we could only imagine” – Jim Rohn Reflect on the legacy you want to create. Describe your legacy. How does it relate to future generations?

 2. What is the difference between freedom and independence? Use specific examples to compare and contrast. 

Submission of an application is not a guarantee of an award.

Deadline 12/31/17The ACT Student Championship Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, can overcome any challenges, and is prepared for life after high school. The scholarship award gives a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition to the achieving student. Graduating students who have taken the ACT must be able to overcome challenges and articulate education and career actions, must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or higher, and will be given to underrepresented and/or first generation college students.  Applications can be found at

Deadline 3/1/2018:  New Mexico Education Council Scholarship, provides opportunities to students attending New Mexico Institutions. Eight awards will be given in the amount of $1000 each. Requirements: Student must be a senior attending a New Mexico public, private, or home school and must be a New Mexico resident with plans to attend one of New Mexico's institutions of higher education immediately after high school. Students selected for the scholarship is based on their desire to create a better New Mexico through education, shown by their family, school, community, academic ability and the quality of the required essay.  Click here for application!

3/12/2018Jiffy Lube "What Drives You?" Scholarship Program. This scholarship offers one $5,000 scholarship award, and two $1,500 scholarship awards to 3 local high school students. Grade points and test scores are not required. Each applicant will be required to submit a 500 word essay about "What Drives You." Three finalists will be selected from the essay submissions, then will receive a minimum of $1,500 if they create and submit a 1-2 minute video expanding on their essay. The winner of these videos will receive the $5,000 award. To apply or more information:

Deadline 04/18/2018:  The Women in Engineering Scholarship gives one lucky student $500 to help with their tuition. Requirements:  Seniors only, must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, must be an enrolled (or accepted) female student in an accredited college or university, must be pursuing an undergraduate degree with an engineering emphasis.  To apply:

Application must be submitted 90 days prior to when funds must be advanced to applicant's educational institutionThe Schumann Foundation provides financial assistance through the very low interest rate plan, where the interest is 0% while attending a trade school, nursing school, or college. After course completion, the rate will be 1/2% below the prime interest rate. Requirements: Resident of Sandoval County, New Mexico, citizen on U.S., must submit transcript, GPA, and ACT/SAT scores upon consideration, must display characteristics of leadership, citizenship, achievement, and financial need. More info at:


Scholarship Search Engines!

A great resource for local NM scholarship postings:

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Your username is your student’s identification number; password is your birthday  without dashes (ie. 01081999)


Big Future – College Board

UNM’s General Scholarship Resource (Scholarships are not UNM specific) 


Texas Tech's External Scholarship Search (Scholarships are not TTU specific)