Stories from Scholarship Recipients

President's Associates Scholars

New Mexico State University President's Associates Scholars receive the University's premier scholarship for all four years during their undergraduate studies. Awarded to 15 high-achieving, entering freshmen from New Mexico high schools, this scholarship works to recruit and retain our state's brightest students to earn their education in New Mexico.


Gabby Lopez

Gabby was excited to return to campus last Fall. She had saved enough money to rent an apartment off campus to be more of an “adult” and was eager to resume her studies toward a degree in Criminal Justice. But, her excitement changed to fear when she realized she had lost her ability to enroll in classes because of an outstanding tuition balance.

Inez "Goody" Ruiz

At 17, Inez was diagnosed with a rare heart arrhythmia, and two weeks after diagnosis, underwent surgery – with a 50/50 chance of survival. “I had to say my last goodbyes to my family, just in case my heart didn’t want to start again – I think it stopped twice during surgery,” Inez said. “But, thankfully, I’m still here. After I came out of surgery, it was a wake-up call. I became highly motivated to get into college and do great things.”

Sicilee Macklin

Sicilee is one of four recipients of the International Research Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. She is not shy about expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to further her organic chemistry research on natural products in South Korea last summer. “It truly changed my life,” she said. “And, it helped me set up a lot of future goals and outline my path for a career.

Kevin Prieto

The NMSU College of Business established the Mentorship Scholarship Award to help more junior- and senior-level students, like Kevin, discover success through mentorship. “The difference mentorship makes is intangible because it’s not only investing in the student, but in the future of our state and our country,” said Kevin. “I am thankful every day that I have brilliant mentors who offer the support that I need.”

Bernadette Sanchez

Bernadette volunteers 16 hours a week at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope – a service center that addresses homelessness and poverty in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, New Mexico. To come to the aid of students like Bernadette, the College of Health and Social Services has created the HSS Volunteer Scholarship, designed to offset costs related to tuition, books and expenses.