NM Higher Education Department (NMHED): A Graduate Scholarship for Underrepresented Students

What is it?

The Graduate Scholarship was created by the New Mexico State Legislature with the New Mexico Higher Education Department to increase graduate enrollment of underrepresented groups at public post-secondary institutions.

How much is the award?

The maximum award amount is $7,200 per year. This award may be renewed annually based on academic standing and fulfillment of requirements. Recipient must receive a minimum of 10-hour-per-week paid assistantship or internship and serve 10 hours per week in an unpaid assistantship or internship.

Who is eligible?

These scholarships are intended for full-time students from traditionally underrepresented groups who also demonstrate financial need. Students must be incoming to their graduate program.

Please review the New Mexico Administrative Code for complete eligibility information.

Application Requirements

  1. Application
  2. Letter of Intent/Personal Statement
  3. Current CV or Resume
  4. Transcripts – unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation:
    • One of which should come from the department and states how the applicant contributes to or enhances the diversity of the department or field of study;
    • Two another recommender who can address the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate school;
  6. FAFSA Confirmation
  7. Confirmation of 10-hour paid assistantship

The application deadline is March 1st. Please send completed applications to Margaret Gonzales at (margo@unm.edu).

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