Las Vegas, N.M. – Top New Mexico high school students are invited to HU Scholars Day at Highlands University April 21 to get a taste of campus life.

The event is for first-time freshman who received Highlands University scholarship offers and their parents.

“We want New Mexico’s best and brightest high school seniors to come and learn about the quality education Highlands has to offer,” said Edward Martínez, vice president of strategic enrollment management. “They’ll have a chance to explore our campus and community, and meet professors, some of our most accomplished students, and Dr. Sam Minner, our president.”

Martínez said Highlands has so many great success stories of New Mexico students achieving their academic goals, and going on to excel in their chosen careers.

“We want to offer this same opportunity to these talented high school seniors we hope will join us for HU Scholars Day,” Martínez said.

To RSVP for HU Scholars Day, please log on to Or call the Office of Academic Support at 505-454-3188.

The schedule for HU Scholars Day includes:

  • Residence hall check in from 10 – 11 a.m. if you made an RSVP and are staying overnight. In the Student Union, second floor atrium, 800 National Ave.
  • Check in and early priority registration for fall semester from 11 – 12 p.m. in the Student Union, second floor atrium.
  • Students: Rez Fest from 12 – 2 p.m. at Melody Park. Get a free lunch and enjoy the fun of this annual campus event.
  • Parents: Lunch on your own from 12 – 1 p.m. For a list of restaurants go to
  • Parents: Tour of Las Vegas from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Students and Parents: Campus Tour from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Visit classrooms, residence halls, athletic facilities and more.
  • Students and Parents: Meet professors and hear students talks from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Student Union.
  • Students and Parents: Free Scholars Banquet from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. (Student and two guests please.)

Everyone who participates in HU Scholars Day will have a chance to win a $900 residence hall housing stipend, a $900 residence hall meal plan stipend or a $500 Follett book scholarship.

For participants needing a residence hall room, Highlands will have a limited number of these rooms available on a first come, first served basis. Rooms are available only by advance RSVP.

Martínez said Highlands is working on various initiatives to increase enrollment for fall semester 2016, and HU Scholars Day is just one example.

“To date, Highlands has offered scholarships to more than 600 New Mexico students. These are some of the high-achieving students we will welcome to campus April 21,” Martínez said.

The different scholarships include Presidential Gold, Presidential Silver, Dean’s Scholar and Freshman Success.

Martínez said the Office of Financial Aid, Office of Academic Support and Office of Recruitment have played an essential role in organizing and hosting HU Scholars Day.