Scholarships

 

Freshman Scholarships
Freshman scholarships are awarded based on a student’s admissions status. Students should be fully admitted by March 1st, before their first semester at NMHU, in order to qualify for priority scholarship awarding. A scholarship application is not required for these awards, but it is recommended to help a student’s eligibility for additional scholarship funding.

Undergraduate Students
If you are an undergraduate student with a grade point average of 2.5 or better, you should apply for state, university and Highlands Foundation scholarships.

Are you a new student, or just thinking about it? You don’t need to be enrolled to apply for these Foundation scholarships.

Are you currently enrolled at Highlands? Here is the Foundation  Scholarship Application for current students.

Complete List of Foundation Scholarships

 

Graduate Students
Graduate students with a grade point average of 3.0 and above are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Presidential Scholarship.

Graduate assistantships are processed through the Office of Graduate Studies and in the academic units that offer graduate degrees.

 

Scholarship Checklist

Scholarship Guidance 

Scholarship Selection Process

 

Do I have to be in need to apply?
Regardless of your money situation, if you are an academic high achiever, you should always apply for scholarships at the university. The Financial Aid Office also keeps information regarding scholarship listings that are available outside of the university, and you should check them out. These scholarships require a separate application and have different (earlier and later) deadlines.

To find and apply for external scholarships, we recommend using www.fastweb.com. Because they are external to Highlands’ scholarships, we have no jurisdiction over the award decisions. If you do receive outside scholarship support, this must be reported to Highlands’ Financial Aid Office to be included as part of your financial aid package.

New Mexico Residents:

College Incentive Grant: $500 first semester
a. 2.0-2.49 HS GPA per high school transcript.
b. Student is required to complete enrollment success program during first semester at NMHU
c. Upon completion of enrollment success program with at least a 2.5 GPA and 15 credits, students will be awarded a onetime $250 book scholarship
d. Will convert to NM lottery scholarship pending the completion of 15 credit hours with a 2.5 GPA. Current eight-semester value with lottery approximately $11,670

Freshmen Success Scholarship: $500 per semester
Eligibility: 2.5 – 2.99 HS GPA
a. Student is required to complete enrollment success program during first semester at NMHU
b. Will convert to NM lottery scholarship plus $500 for 7 semesters pending the completion of 15 credit hours per semester with a 2.5 GPA. Current eight-semester value with lottery approximately $14,920.

Dean’s Scholarship: $2,800 ($2,000 first semester and $800 second semester)
Eligibility: 3.0 HS GPA
a. Will convert to Lottery Scholarship* plus $800 for 7 semesters with completion of 15 credits and 2.5 GPA in first and subsequent semesters. Current eight-semester value with lottery approximately $18,100.
b. Otherwise, $800 second semester and renewable for an additional 6 semesters at $800 per semester with completion of 15 credits and 2.5 GPA in second and subsequent semesters ($7,600 value).
Total eligibility is 8 semesters.

Presidential Silver Scholarship: $5,000 ($3,200 first semester and $1,800 second semester)
Eligibility: 3.5 HS GPA and 22 ACT
a. Will convert to Lottery Scholarship* plus $1,500 for seven semesters with completion of 15 credits and 2.5 GPA in first and subsequent semesters. Current eight semester value with Lottery approximately $26,300.
b. Otherwise, $1,800 second semester and renewable for an additional 6 semesters at $1,800 per semester with completion of 15 credits and 2.5 GPA in second and subsequent semesters ($15,800 value) or $2,000 per semester with completion of 15 credits and 3.0 GPA in second and subsequent semesters ($17,200 value).
Total eligibility is 8 semesters.

Presidential Gold Scholarship: $6,000 ($3,700 first semester and $2,300 second semester)
Eligibility: 3.75 HS GPA and 25 ACT
a. Will convert to Lottery Scholarship* plus $2,000 for seven semesters with completion of 15 credits and 2.5 GPA first and subsequent semesters. Current eight semester value with Lottery approximately $30,300.
b. Otherwise, $2,300 second semester and renewable for an additional 6 semesters at $2,300 per semester with completion of 15 credits and 2.5 GPA in second and subsequent semesters ($19,800 value) or $2,500 per semester with completion of 15 credits and 3.0 GPA in second and subsequent semesters ($21,200 value).
Total eligibility is 8 semesters.

Regent’s New Mexico Scholars Scholarship: Tuition and Fees plus $500 per semester.
Eligibility: Top 5 percent of class or 25 ACT, family income of $60,000 or less.
Per statute, recipients must complete at least 12 credits per semester with a minimum 3.0 GPA. An average load of 15 credits per semester is strongly recommended. At current rates for tuition and fees, the eight semester value of a Regent’s Scholarship is $23,200.
Total eligibility is 8 semesters.

* NM Lottery Scholarship: Recent graduates of a NM high school or GED recipients are eligible for a Lottery Scholarship to cover tuition (or some portion thereof as determined by the Higher Education Department annually). Students must complete 15 or more college credit hours with a 2.5 GPA in their first semester or they will lose their eligibility. The Lottery Scholarship may be earned for a total of seven (7) semesters subject to maintaining a 2.5 GPA and 15 credits per semester.

College Affordability Grant: Maximum of $1,000 per semester
Eligibility: Need-based grants for undergraduate NM residents who do not qualify for other state grants or scholarships and are not recent high school graduates

Student Incentive Grant: NM residents with substantial unmet financial need


Out-of-State Residents:

NM Opportunity Scholarship: $2000 per semester
Eligibility:
a. 3.0 or higher HS GPA or 22 ACT or equivalent SAT score
b. Must complete 15 credit hours per semester with a minimum 3.0 GPA
c. Renewable for up to 7 semesters pending the completion of 15 credit hours per semester with 3.0 or higher GPA
d. Must live on-campus in residence halls
e. Must purchase a university meal plan

Competitive Scholarship: Out-of-state tuition reduced to in-state tuition rates and $200 Foundation scholarship. High School GPA of 3.5 and 20 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 23 ACT. Renewable for 7 semesters with 15 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA.


Transfer Students:

Transfer scholarships are awarded based on a student’s admission status on a first-come, first-served basis.  It is important to apply for admission as soon as possible.

New Mexico Residents:

Dean’s Transfer Scholarship:
a. $750 per semester with a 3.0-3.49 transfer GPA and an associate’s degree
b. $500 per semester with a 3.0-3.49 transfer GPA and no associate’s degree
c. Renewable for up to 6 semesters based on credits transferred and subject to the completion of 12 credit hours per semester with a 3.0 or higher GPA
d. Does not apply to online-only programs

Presidential Transfer Scholarship:
a. $1000 per semester with a 3.5 or higher transfer GPA and an associate’s degree
b. $750 per semester with a 3.5 or higher GPA and no associate’s degree
c. Renewable for up to 6 semesters based on credits transferred and subject to the completion of 12 credit hours per semester with a 3.0 or higher GPA
d. Does not apply to online-only programs

Legislative Endowment Scholarship: $1,000 ($500 per semester)
Eligibility: 3.0 or better cumulative GPA per college transcript
Renewable for up to an additional 3 semesters based on credits transferred and subject to completion of 15 credits and a 3.0 GPA per semester at NMHU.

PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) Scholarship: $500 ($250 per semester)
Eligibility: Current member of PTK and a transfer GPA of 3.0 or better
Annual scholarship; non-renewable

Out-of-State Residents:

New Mexico Success Transfer Scholarship: $2000 per semester
Eligibility: 3.0 or higher transfer GPA with an associate’s degree
a. Renewable for up to 4 semesters pending the completion of 12 credit hours per semester with a minimum 3.0 GPA
b. Must maintain satisfactory academic progress (pace of progression, must not exceed max time frame)
c. Must live on-campus in residence halls
d. Must purchase a university meal plan


Graduate Students:

The Office of Graduate Studies is announcing the availability of graduate scholarships for the academic year 2019-2020.

The application is available here or in the online documents for the Graduate Office.

A completed scholarship application is required in order to be considered for the following graduate scholarship.

Presidential Graduate Scholarship: $1,500 ($750 per semester) – limited to funding for 12 awards – 3% or HU)
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0+ GPA
Renewable for an additional 2 semesters subject to completion of 9 credits and a 3.0 GPA per semester at NMHU.

Graduate Scholarship Program

Office of Graduate Studies
Douglas Hall, Room 238S
505.454.3266

At New Mexico Highlands University, the scholarship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are pursuing a master’s degree primarily in Business Administration, Natural Sciences, Applied Chemistry, and Media Arts and Computer Science. Applicants who are members of a “group underrepresented in his/her intended graduate or professional field of study” may also be considered. Native Americans and individuals with disabilities are eligible regardless of graduate program. Preference is given to new students who have been admitted to, but are not yet attending NMHU as graduate students and have shown outstanding undergraduate scholastic achievement and financial need (FAFSA required).

A full-time scholarship carries a stipend of $7,200 per academic year and must be matched by a half-time assistantship from the academic unit. Eligible nominees will be rated based on the criteria cited above.

A complete application must be submitted to the School/College Dean for nomination. Deadline to be considered for an award is Friday, May 10, 2019.