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 9/15/2017: The 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 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.

Deadline 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.

Deadline 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. For more information:

Application opens 10/1/17: NMSU 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:

Deadline 10/01/2017: Vivint Smart Home Scholarship5 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.

Deadline 10/2/17: Hispanic 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 10/02/2017: Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship100 Scholarship Winners. 2 From Every State.The Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes 2 winners— Requirements: Seniors only, 3.0 GPA or better, participation 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

Deadline 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:

Deadline 10/12/17: New 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 10/15/17: UNM 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 year: The 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!Ms. Chavez invites you to join RaiseMe where you can start earning micro-scholarships from over 250+ colleges. Sign up for free at

Deadline 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:

Deadline 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 non-profit 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 12/1/2017: Regent'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 12/1/17: Presidential 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 12/1/17: Unified 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 12/31/17: The 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

Quarterly Deadlines: January 1, March 31st, June 30th, and September 30th every year

The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women:each quarter we award $1,000 + a care package filled with healthy organic goodies to young women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals. Here is a brief summary of the eligibility requirements: Award: $1,000.Must be a graduating high school senior, current college undergraduate, or current graduate student at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or technical school in the United States.Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.Must identify as female.We welcome all majors and GPAs to apply!

Deadline 2/1/2018: New Mexico Activities Association Foundation Activities Scholarship.The following are NMAA sanctioned activities: Athletic Training Challenge, Bowling, BPA, Chess, Choir, Concert Band, DECA, Drama/One Act Play, English Expo, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, JROTC, Mock Trial, Orchestra, Rodeo, Scholastic Publications, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, Skills USA, Speech & Debate, Student Council and TSA.Candidate must be a graduating senior who actively participated in one or more of the activities listed above during his/her sophomore and junior years of high school, and a minimum of two his/her senior year.Candidate’s official ACT and/or SAT score(s) must be submitted.

Deadline 2/1/2018:New Mexico Activities Association Foundation Dan and Lucille Wood Athletic Scholarship.The following are NMAA sanctioned sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Spirit, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling. Candidate must be a graduating senior who actively participated in one or more of the sports listed above during his/her sophomore and junior years of high school, and a minimum of two his/her senior year. Candidate must have a GPA of at least 3.5, with a minimum ACT score of 25, or SAT of 1750.

Deadline 2/1/2018:New Mexico Activities Association Foundation Extraordinary Participation Scholarship: The following are NMAA sanctioned sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Spirit, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling. The following are NMAA sanctioned activities: Athletic Training Challenge, Bowling, BPA, Chess, Choir, Concert Band, DECA, Drama/One Act Play, English Expo, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, JROTC, Mock Trial, Orchestra, Rodeo, Scholastic Publications, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, Skills USA, Speech & Debate, Student Council and TSA. Candidate must be a graduating senior who actively participated in at least one of the sports and at least one of the activities listed above throughout his/her high school career. Candidate must have a GPA of at least 3.5, with a minimum ACT score of 25, or SAT of 1750.

Deadline 2/1/2018:New Mexico Activities Association Foundation “Compete with Class” Scholarship Presented by New Mexico National Guard: Candidate for recognition must be a student, adult, team, high school, junior high or spirit group who has exhibited true sportsmanship. Candidate for monetary scholarship disbursement must be a graduating senior who has exhibited true sportsmanship and be nominated by another individual. Candidates must submit a one page personal statement addressing the importance of sportsmanship and its relevance in interscholastic activities and life.

Deadline 2/1/2018:New Mexico Activities Association Foundation Spirit Scholarship Presented by Varsity Spirit: Candidate must be a graduating senior who actively participated in a cheer or dance program at an NMAA member school for at least 3 years in grades 8-12. Candidate must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Deadline 02/01/2018 Susie Kubié Symphonic Music Scholarship: Providing scholarships to deserving young students who have participated in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program (AYSP) and intend to pursue a degree in music during college. Applicants must complete an interest form before applying.

Deadline 2/05/2018:“We the Students” essay contest. 8-12th-grade students from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspective on a trending topic.This year’s prompt: To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?

  • 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
  • Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each

Deadline 2/09/2018: NMASBO awards six to ten $1,500 scholarships (a minimum of one from each region) to deserving New Mexico high school seniors across the state every year. All the regional applicants must demonstrate to the committee financial need and purpose for the scholarship.In 2018, the Scholarship Committee will select one applicant from the scholarship pool to receive the 8th Annual Joni Heinsohn memorial scholarship for $2,500. This applicant must meet the same criteria in the guidelines and application. The applicant who demonstrates to the committee the most need and purpose for the memorial scholarship will be selected.Apply here:

Deadline 2/14/2018: Organ Transplant Awareness Program (OTAP) Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors!Two $500 scholarships will be awarded by OTAP to NM high school seniors in memory of Betty Montoya (kidney recipient) and Jaime Munoz (double lung recipient).OTAP scholarship program promotes organ and tissue donation as an important social responsibility and assists NM youth with higher education.Eligible students must submit an essay (see attached application form for specific requirements and submission instructions) by the February 14, 2018 deadline. Application form also available at

Deadline 2/23/2018:The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders 2018 Scholarship will award 2 X $3000 to graduating NM seniors.Candidate must have GPA of 3.0 and preference will be given to those entering field of education (Teacher, Counselor, School Business Official, etc).Click here for Application

Deadline 3/1/2018:CNM Bridge to Success Scholarship deadline is March 1st (money awarded on a first-come first-served basis).

CNM’s 2018-2019 general scholarship is currently open.See website:

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!

Deadline 3/1/2018:Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity for graduating high school seniors in New Mexico who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education.All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify.The scholarship deadline is March 1, 2018 and applications must be received or postmarked by this date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the winner will be determined on or before April 30, 2018.The application documents can also be found online at:

Deadline 3/12/2018: Jiffy 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 for more information:

Deadline 3/12/2018 (Must arrive by Monday 3/12)1620 Scholarship. This scholarship offers one $1,620 scholarship award from the Mayflower Society in the State of New Mexico.  Please click here to visit this website for criteria and application. 

Deadline 03/15/2018: New Mexico Federation of Republican Women have established a Scholarship of $1500 that is awarded each year to one deserving female student to help further her education at a college, university or vocational school in New Mexico. The amounts to be distributed are $750 for the fall semester following the awarding of the scholarship and $750 for the second semester in the spring.The recipient is chosen by the scholarship board and notified in writing. The qualifications and stipulations are available for high school female students review here:NMFRW Application

Deadline 03/22/2018 James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship: Providing assistance to students for post-secondary education in pursuit of a life dream with hope, faith and courage in spite of facing hardship. This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a professional goal and have faced or facing adversity.

Deadline 03/22/2018 Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque Scholarship: Providing assistance to graduating students with strong community service experience and strong academic records from an Albuquerque metro area high school (includes Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia or Torrance Counties).

Deadline 03/22/2018 New Mexico Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship: Providing assistance to New Mexico graduating high school senior residing in a manufactured home.

Deadline 03/22/2018 Youth in Foster Care Scholarship: Providing assistance to young adults who have been in the New Mexico foster care system who want to develop a marketable skill or continue their education at a post-secondary school.

Deadline 03/23/2018 Tonya Raye Memorial Scholarship for RRHS students only 3 x $1000.Minimum GPA 2.0, must be attending a NM college, university, or technical institute in Fall of 2018.Scholarship recipient must collect award for 2018-2019 school year by August 1, 2018.You will need to submit a transcript, resume, personal essay and letter of recommendation.Only completed applications will be accepted.Click here for application.

Deadline 03/25/2018 The Iota Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. would like to offer financial assistance to deserving graduating high school male seniors in celebration of their academic excellence and contributions to their school and community. This assistance is in the form of a one time scholarship award in the amount of $1000 from the E.S. Foster Educational Trust Fund. This Fund is a charitable cause of Iota Psi Lambda Albuquerque Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Deadline 03/30/2018: Hispanic Scholarship Fund This scholarship allows graduating Hispanic seniors to earn merit based awards, range $500-$5,000.  Must be Hispanic and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and plan to enroll at a 4-year University beginning in Fall 2018.  Please click here for application and details!
Deadline 04/02/2018: Redefining Ready! Scholarship This scholarship allows graduating Americans to tell the world how they are college/career and life ready.  Sixteen scholarships will be awarded to high school graduating seniors, including a grand prize of $5,000.  Winners will be based on 30 second video and short essay (under 250 words) on readiness.  Click here for official rules and application 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:

Deadline 05/03/2018 : CNM Suncat Scholars application. Benefits include: Priority registration: register before all other CNM students!A dedicated CNM staff member to assist in planning courses, navigating college, and graduating.Membership to a smaller CNM community for support.Financial benefits: assistance with tuition, fees, textbooks, and even get paid performance payments for doing well!Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by CNM - Students without a Social Security Number are eligible without a FAFSA and will be identified by CNM Admissions.Must qualify for New Mexico resident tuition.Must be a first-time college student Fall 2018 who has never attended college previously, unless it was as a dual credit student.Must be committed to a full time schedule for Fall, Spring and Summer terms.Must place into college level courses or a maximum of two courses below the 1000 level.Course placement is determined by ACT, SAT, H.S. GPA or Accuplacer scores.Must be majoring in an approved degree program, including any Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree, except coordinated entry programs. Certificate programs are also not eligible.

Deadline 05/15/2018 New Mexico Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Scholarship: Providing a $1000.00 scholarship to a graduating NM senior full scholarship instructions and details can be found here "Buffalo Soldiers Website."  Everything needs to be postmarked by 05/15/2018.  

Deadline 06/07/2018 Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship: Providing assistance to students in the field of automotive technology and related applied technologies. Students must pursue a degree or certificate from a nonprofit, public, automotive or technical vocational institution including community colleges.

Deadline 08/31/2018 : Aspiring Nurse Scholarship This $1000.00 scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.

Deadline- Application must be submitted 90 days prior to when funds must be advanced to applicant's educational institution: The 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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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)