Native American Students


Native American Students

Welcome to the Native American Center at New Mexico Highlands University. At NMHU we believe each student’s roots; family, community and history form a solid foundation for strong branches. As one of the most diverse campuses in the region, our success is driven by respect for each of our cultures and viewpoints.

Through the Native American Center, Native American students and communities have access to many services that help make a university education accessible, attainable, and above all an enjoyable experience.

NMHU and the Native American Center are committed to supporting our Native American students. The Community Center for Indigeneity at Melody Hall Program supports retention and persistence for first year Native American freshmen and all students residing in Melody Hall. This model integrates academics, social, emotional, and cultural domains within a residential environment. 

The Native American Center also provides information and applications for Native American Tribal Scholarships as well as tuition waivers for undergraduate and graduate students. We also provide an annual financial aid workshop and coordinate visits from tribal scholarship programs.

We host a variety of events throughout the year. Our annual Welcome Back dinners are held the first Wednesday after classes begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building.

Let us be the first to welcome our Native American students to NMHU!


Community Center for Indigeneity at Melody Hall
 The Community Center for Indigeneity (CCI) at Melody Hall is home to approximately 30 students who have an interest in sustaining the mission and goals of the CCI. This learning community is founded on a peoplehood model; a holistic approach to address Indigeneity (identity), sacred history, place, and building circles of leadership. The CCI provides academic support, incorporates traditional values in daily living, establishes social networks amongst all students, and offers peer mentorship. As a supportive living environment, all residents are encouraged to share cultural experiences and an interest in Indigenous issues and intercultural learning. Many of the residents are from New Mexico Pueblos, Apache tribes, the Diné Nation, throughout NM and out-of-state.

Student benefits

  • Provides additional support for all Native American Students
  • Focuses on incoming freshmen
  • Creates a safe environment
  • Offers various activities hosted by the Native American Center
  • Encourages student socialization
  • Creates a support system of fellow students, faculty, and staff
  • Peer-mentors provide continued guidance for students
  • Creates a welcoming Indigenous space of belonging

MOU Scholarships
In 1997, NMHU and 23 tribes signed their first Memorandum of Understanding agreement which formalized their relationship in promoting higher education opportunities leading to recruitment, retention and successful completion of degree programs by Native American students.

Each MOU tribe may nominate three students per semester to receive full-tuition scholarships. These scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

MOU Process

  1. Contact your tribal education director requesting the waiver. Contact information:
    click here
  2. Fill out a tribal application (if required)
  3. Tribal leadership will submit student nominations to NMHU
  4. NMHU will make the final determination for waivers.

Applicant Criteria

You must be:

  • An enrolled tribal member
  • A full-time student with minimum GPA of:

     – 12 credit hrs. undergraduate, GPA 2.0+

     – 9 credit hrs. graduate, GPA 3.0+

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding MOU

1) Does waiver cover summer courses?

     No, only fall and spring courses are covered

2) Can I get reimbursed for past tuition?

     No, only current semesters are covered

4) What other scholarships are available?

    Check out our NMHU Foundation website!      https://nmhuscholarships.awardspring.com/

6) What does the waiver cover?

     The tuition waiver covers ONLY tuition. It does not cover fees, housing, meals or books

Tribal Education Departments

Acoma  505-552-6077

Cochiti 505-465-3119

Isleta 505-869-9790

Jicarilla 575-759-4329

Jemez 575-834-9102

Laguna 505-552-9322

Mescalero 575-464-4500

Nambe 505-455-4426

Navajo (Central Administration)  928-871-7444

Picuris 575-587-2519

Pojoaque 505-819-3298

Ohkay Owingeh 505- 852-3477

Sandia 505-771-5077

San Felipe 505-771-9960

San Ildefonso 505-455-2635

Santa Ana 505-771-6724

Santa Clara 575-753-7326

Santo Domingo 505-465-2214

Taos 575-758-5990

Tesuque 505-983-2667

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla  760-397-0300

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo 915-872-8648

Zia 505-867-3304

Zuni 505-782-5998

The Native American Center has several planned events during the academic school year.