President’s Associates Scholars

President's Associates Scholars

The President’s Associates Scholars program is one of the most prestigious scholarship programs available to students at New Mexico State University. It is awarded specifically to New Mexico high school students who will be new, entering freshmen at NMSU with markedly superior academic ability. Selection is competitive and based on proven academic achievements and extracurricular activities. The award covers tuition, fees, the first semester of housing and includes a $1,625 stipend each semester to cover additional educational expenses through graduation.

Support the Scholarship Program

Every year, the NMSU Foundation hosts a fundraiser to support scholarships for President's Associates Scholars. This year's fundraiser includes three mini-dinners in Las Cruces along with an online auction.

Las Cruces Mini-Dinners

Three Las Cruces restaurants will host limited-seating fundraising dinners in early May, including:

  • Chope's - Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Hacienda de Mesilla - Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Salud! de Mesilla - Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets cost $100 per person and can be purchased by calling Nohemi Perez at 575-646-1106 or by emailing nohemip@nmsu.edu.

Online Auction

Starting Monday, April 22 through Sunday, May 5, the NMSU Foundation will host an online auction. This year’s auction items include collectable art, NFL game tickets, NMSU class rings, rare Raggedy Ann comics and magazines – to name a few. Come back closer to the date to see the auction items.

The mini-dinners are sponsored by:

Citizens Bank
Wells Fargo
Western Heritage Bank

Apply to be a President's Associates Scholar

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in minimum of 15 credit hours at the Las Cruces campus during the first regular semester immediately following graduation from a New Mexico high school
  • Must be a New Mexico resident
  • Must be accepted to the Las Cruces campus no later than January 18
  • Must be degree-seeking
  • Must submit an NMSU scholarship application no later than January 18
  • Must have a high school 3.75 GPA & 28 ACT or 3.5 GPA & 30 ACT
  • FAFSA must be submitted by March 1

Renewal Requirements

The following requirements must be met to qualify for continued funding after the first semester. Students will be awarded until their degrees are completed, but no longer than 8 semesters.

  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester
  • Must have at least a 3.25 semester GPA for the first semester and 3.5 cumulative GPA through graduation
  • Must complete 15 new graded credit hours each semester

Meet the 2018-19 President's Associates Scholars

Ansley Battle

Ansley Battle
College of Arts & Sciences

Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks
College of Engineering

Popo Agie Burns

Popo Agie Burns
College of Education

Jillian Hughes

Jillian Hughes
College of Arts & Sciences

Kari Melander

Kari Melander
College of Arts & Sciences

Christopher Padilla

Christopher Padilla
College of Engineering

Jared Parten

Jerrod Parten
College of Engineering

Ashley Russell

Ashley Russell
College of Arts & Sciences

Isaiah Selph

Isaiah Selph
College of Engineering

Thomas Serrano

Thomas Serrano
College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Christine Shank

Christine Shank
College of Engineering

Veronica Trujillo

Veronica Trujillo
College of Engineering

Felisha Vallabh

Felisha Vallabh
College of Arts & Sciences

Elizabeth West

Elizabeth West
College of Arts & Sciences