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Important Scholarship Opportunities

The following opportunities are time-sensitive. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, please follow the links to their websites to learn about application deadlines.

Plan for your success by researching and being aware of deadlines before it's too late.

Scholarship Dates 2022

June - Aug. 2022 Scholarships

Due Date: Aug., 2021: NM Friends of Foster Children Scholarship. $1,000. Seniors aged 17 - 25 who have been in the foster system for at least 1 year. Download NMFFC Application.

Sept. - Oct. 2022 Scholarship Deadlines

Due Date: Sept. 2022: Seniors Only. Full Ride! Highly Competitive! The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship* for outstanding minority HS seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. To learn more, watch this video. *Scholars receive funding for the full cost of college attendance (tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, other costs) that is not already covered by other financial aid and the Expected Family Contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a scholar’s college or university.

To apply, students must be: HS senior; from at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native (proof of tribal enrollment required), Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American; Pell Grant-eligible (determined through FAFSA); US citizen, national, or permanent resident; in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3. Student must plan to enroll full-time in a 4-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit college or university. An ideal candidate will have: an outstanding academic record in HS (top 10% of graduating class); demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities); exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

Due Date: September 2022: Quest Bridge National College Match: Full Ride! Seniors with outstanding grades & test scores + low income backgrounds (typically households earning less than $65,000/yr. for a family of four, and often less). Fantastic opportunity for a full-ride scholarship to a highly selective college/university. See Quest Bridge website for details and application, and to see if you qualify. Ask Ms. Velhagen if you have questions! -- JUNIORS: SEE MARCH 2022 DUE DATE BELOW FOR JUNIORS' VERSION!

Due Date: October 2022: AES Engineering Scholarship. Info at AES website $500. Seniors only. Brief essay on the topic: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? Submit essay to Include in your email: full name, HS name, and your plans for next year.

November 2022 Scholarship Deadlines

Due Date: Nov. 2022: Prudential Emerging Visionaries Award (formerly Prudential Spirit of Community Awards): open to all HS students with substantial community service/volunteer experience. Apply online here. Top honorees earn cash awards and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

Due Date: Nov. 2022: Elks Most Valuable Student Competition. Seniors only. (500 Awards - $50,000). See website here for details and application. ELDORADO STUDENTS HAVE WON THIS SCHOLARSHIP!

Due Date: Nov. 2022 Daniels Fund Scholarship. Seniors only. Competitive scholarship with financial need component (must qualify through FAFSA before applying). There is a "financial need" component, which is determined by your FAFSA. See Daniels website here to check if you qualify. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year, annually renewable college scholarship that is unique to each student and varies depending on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC- this is determined by your FAFSA) and their choice of school and degree program. The scholarship pays up to $25,000 per year toward the student’s unmet need, after applying their EFC, other scholarships, and financial aid. Daniels Scholars may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

Due Date: Nov. 2022: 2022 Young Asian American Student Award. $250. The Asian-American population is one of the fastest growing demographics in NM, now accounting for around 5% of the population. The mission of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE/USA) –NM Chapter, also known as Association of Chinese American Engineers and Scientists of NM (ACES-NM) Young Asian American Student Award Program is to recognize outstanding Asian American HS students in our local chapter area. These individuals demonstrate excellent academic achievements, leadership in community service, global awareness, and professional development. The program challenges and encourages applicants to reach the highest standards of career development and lifetime achievement. ACES-NM is now soliciting nominations for the annual Young Asian American Student Award. Up to five awardees will be selected, and each recipient will be recognized and presented a $250 award at the annual ACES-NME (CIE/USA-NM) Annual Meeting in December 2022.

Eligibility: The application is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with Asian heritage currently enrolled in 10th to 12th grade in the NM high schools, excluding those who have received this award previously.

Evaluation: The evaluation committee consists of current ACES-NM Board members and local Asian- American community leaders, excluding those with children who are applicants.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit your application on the CIE/USA-NM website by clicking here (or ]Additionally, to complete the application, the following documents in a single PDF file must be uploaded through the application website. Incomplete application will not be considered.

  • 1. Official high school transcript
  • 2. Personal Statement
  • 3. Resume
  • 4. A letter of support from either a teacher or a community leader familiar with the student’s achievements and activities
  • If you have any questions, please contact with the Evaluation Committee Chair, Dr. Huining Kang(

December 2022 Scholarship Deadlines

Due Date: December 2022: Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards: Students apply for grants of varying $$$ in several categories: education, business, healthcare & science, media & entertainment, STEM, and community service. See website for details. Eligibility: must be graduating in Spring 2023; must have at least unweighted 3.0 GPA; be of Hispanic Heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines); planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after HS graduation; If selected, must attend the regional ceremony (if safely possible). Travel to the ceremony will be at the recipient’s expense; Completed online application including a letter of recommendation, transcript and essay questions; Be a Permanent Resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen.

Due Date: December 2022: National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship: Awards: 475 national semifinalists - $2,850 scholarship; 24 national finalists - $5,150 scholarship; 1 national winner - $22,650 scholarship. Seniors who are NHS members only. See website for details and you must contact Ms. Moleres, NHS Sponsor, to apply. Requires application & 3 recommendations.

Due Date: Dec. 2022: Foot Locker Student-Athlete Scholarship. Seniors only. (20 x $20,000 awarded!) To be eligible, the applicant must: be entering college in Fall 2023 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree; be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports; have a minimum GPA of 3.0; be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win); not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director. They are looking for students who: embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character; are trusted and respected members of their schools and communities and have built long-term relationships; are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live; have made a significant long-term commitment to improving the lives of others; display academic excellence. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have diverse backgrounds, are from different places, have varied academic ambitions, and play different sports; they are proactive, highly motivated, inspiring & charismatic, honest & trustworthy, genuine, strong & courageous. Requires 2 brief essay questions and letters of recommendation, so start early. Apply on website here.

January 2023 Scholarship Deadlines

Due Date: January 2023: GE-Reagan Scholarship. Seniors only. Up to $40,000! The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Min. 3.0 GPA. More info here. Application here.

Due Date: January 2023: DECA Scholarships. Must be an active DECA member. Information on website here!

Due Date: January 2023: Climate Justice Scholarship, $2500. Details & application on website.

Due Date: January 2023: Coolidge Scholars: JUNIORS ONLY!! Full-ride scholarship that can be used at any accredited college or university. For juniors with excellent academics who are interested in public policy. Application and details on Coolidge Scholars website here.

Due Date: January 2023: Diversity in STEM Fields Scholarship, $2500. Details & application on website.

Due Date: January 2023: Hamilton Relay Scholarship, $500, seniors only who are deaf, hard-of-hearing. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay on the topic of communication technology, and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can be found online at

Lottery Scholarship Information

  • Can’t be transferred out of NM
  • Offered after the 1st semester
  • No Application
  • Renewable for 7 semesters
  • 3 at CNM

Will need a 2.5 GPA For your first qualifying semester
Will need to take 15 hours for your first semester and beyond (about5 Classes)
Lottery covers 85% of Tuition cost (1,721.17) for 7 semesters

Freshman First Semester

  • Bridge to Success Scholarship

    • Approximately $1,5000 for the first semester of the freshman year

    • Requirements: 23 ACT (1130 SAT) and 3.0 Unit GPA or 166 GED or 75 HiSET

    • Deadline: Priority consideration for admission applications completed by December 1

  • Success Grant

    • $1,000 one-time award first semester only

    • New freshman only. 2.5 Unit GPA & completed FAFSA, priority given to eligible applicants with financial need.

    • Deadline: Admission and FAFSA applications completed by March 1

Scholarship Resource Links

NM College / University Scholarships

National Scholarships

APS Education Foundation Varsity Grant


Seven scholarships will be awarded to students in the amount of $1,000 each. A student’s name can be entered once for each category listed below that they complete. There are ten (10) categories which means a student who completes each item will receive up to 10 entries.

  1. Apply to a 2- or 4-year college or university, trade school, certification or apprenticeship program
  2. Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service) Profile through College Board or if you are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA, you can complete a school-based financial aid form
  3. Participate in a college or university visit with a tour (it can be virtual); you can also attend an online information session; you can also contact a recruiter directly or a member of admissions for more information
  4. Complete a Career Assessment through online programs such as YouScience, My Next Move.
  5. Plan to take and complete an AP test your senior year
  6. Participate in a job shadow, internship/mentorship, or pre-apprenticeship program
  7. Pass a Dual Credit Class with a “C” or above
  8. Take an ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER Practice Test
  9. Set up a Career Solutions Student account at the NM Career Solutions website and complete the “Why I Work” Financial Tool Activity (under the Career Exploration Tab).
  10. Apply for a scholarship (other than this one)

Students will complete theAPS Foundation Varsity Scholarship Entry Form and attach their documentation for the items they have completed. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2022.

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