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Scholarships

Scholarships Categories:

Undergraduate students with grade point averages of 2.0 and better should apply for state, university, and Highlands Foundation scholarships by filling out the Highlands Scholarship application.

Graduate students with a grade point average of 3.0 and above are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Presidential Scholarship. Complete the Highlands Scholarship application by May 1.

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

Regardless of funding variables, if you are an academic high achiever, it is always worth your while to apply for scholarships at the university. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships also keeps information regarding scholarship listings that are available outside of the university that require a separate application and have different (earlier and later) deadlines than the university. Be sure to examine these listings, as well as other resources.

To apply for external scholarships, we recommend using the scholarship search engine at www.fastweb.com to help facilitate the scholarship search process. These scholarships are external to Highlands’ scholarships and Highlands has no jurisdiction over the awarding of these scholarships. 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.

Foundation Scholarship Application

For new or prospective students, you currently don’t need to be enrolled to apply for these foundation scholarships. Please select the link below apply.
https://nmhuscholarships.awardspring.com/prospective/signin

Regardless of funding variables, if you are an academic high achiever, it is always worth your while to apply for scholarships at the university. The Financial Aid Office also keeps information regarding scholarship listings that are available outside of the university that require a separate application and have different (earlier and later) deadlines than the university. Be sure to examine these listings, as well as other resources.

To apply for external scholarships, we recommend using the scholarship search engine at www.fastweb.com to help facilitate the scholarship search process. These scholarships are external to Highlands’ scholarships and Highlands has no jurisdiction over the awarding of these scholarships. If you do receive outside scholarship support, this must be reported to Highlands’ Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to be included as part of your financial aid package.

There are also additional freshman specific scholarships:

Freshmen Scholarships:

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

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 Lotter approximately $11,670

Freshman 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 8 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.

(Legacy students remain eligible for up to 8 semesters of funding and are only required to carry 12 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 Students

Freshmen or Transfer Students

NM Opportunity Scholarship: $2000 per semester *
Eligibility:
a. 3.0 or higher HS GPA and 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.

*Note: Students receiving an out-of-state tuition waiver are eligible for a $1,000 ($500 per semester) New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship award. 


Transfer Students:

Transfer scholarships are awarded based on a student’s admission status on a first come first serve 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: $2,000 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

*Note: Students receiving an out-of-state tuition waiver are eligible for a $1,000 ($500 per semester) New Mexico Success Transfer Scholarship award. 


Graduate Students:

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.

 

Title V CONECTADO Graduate Scholarship

In the fall of 2014 New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) received a federal Title V, Part B grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The major purpose of the CONECTADO academic scholarship award is to expand post baccalaureate education opportunities for Hispanic Graduate Students across New Mexico in high employment need areas through online education programs in one of the following three areas:

  • Master of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (ECME). This is a 36-credit hour degree that prepares students for leadership positions in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and Child Development related fields in state and federal government, or nonprofit institutions. Building on a foundation of advocacy, policy development, child study/assessment, teaching, early intervention services, program design/management, and research, the program emphasizes exceptional teaching and administrative skills. During the final semester of coursework, students may take the option of a Comprehensive Examination. The other two options for demonstrating mastery are a field project, or writing a thesis.
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counseling prepares quality counselors through excellence in education, scholarship and service. This 48 hour program consists of 36 core counseling and research hours. The emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling is accomplished with 12 hours in counseling and special education to complete the 48 hour requirement. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program (RC) at NMHU was accredited in 2012 by the Council in Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
  • Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Special Education (36 hours) is a program structured around three components: Special Education area (12 credit hours), emphasis area (12 credit hours), and Capstone Project (1-6 credit hours) requirement. The Capstone Project choices are a field project, thesis or comprehensive examination.

Click here to read more about the Title V CONECTADO Graduate Scholarship.