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Always look at individual college/university financial aid websites for scholarships specific to that institution.

Letters of Recommendation

Students may need letters of recommendations for college applications, job applications, scholarships and more.  Most organizations will specify who they need a letter from but typically teachers and counselors are they main point of contact for recommendations.

Tips

  • Students should ask their teacher and/or counselor at least 10 business days prior to the deadline to allow enough time to write the letter
  • Students should provide a resume or a completed student profile to the counselor and/or teacher to help them write the letter
  • Make sure to also provide your recommender with any detailed information that the college, scholarship organization or other entity has provided with guidelines for writing and submitting the letter of recommendation 

Letter of Recommendation Questionnaire for Seniors (DOCX)

Students are advised to fill out this questionnaire and provide it to their recommenders.  The information is used by the recommender to write a letter of recommendation for you.

Scholarships

Scholarships earn you money to pay for college that you won’t need to pay back!  Scholarships offer free money for college.  Families think that students need to apply for dozens and dozens of community scholarships, when the reality is that the majority of scholarship money comes from the college themselves.

  1. Get your list of colleges together that you will be applying to and comb through their 1st time freshmen scholarships and program specific scholarships.  DON’T MISS A DEADLINE!  This is where the majority of your scholarship money will likely come from
  2. Look at local scholarships first. There’s less competition, which means the odds are better for you to receive one.  Even if you plan to go out of state for college, many local scholarships are not just for in-state schools.  
  3. After you have found all local and regional scholarships that you will apply for, look at the big, competitive, national scholarships.  
  4. Don’t forget to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for other money for college.

   

Albuquerque Community/Regional Scholarships - less competitive:

APS Education Foundation Varsity Grant

Seven scholarships will be awarded to students in the amount of $1,000 each. A student’s name can be entered once for each category listed below that they complete. There are ten (10) categories which means a student who completes each item will receive up to 10 entries.

  1. Apply to a 2- or 4-year college or university, trade school, certification or apprenticeship program
  2. Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service) Profile through College Board or if you are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA, you can complete a school-based financial aid form
  3. Participate in a college or university visit with a tour (it can be virtual); you can also attend an online information session; you can also contact a recruiter directly or a member of admissions for more information
  4. Complete a Career Assessment through online programs such as YouScience, My Next Move,  or NM Career Solutions (click on Work Interests Assessment)
  5. Plan to take and complete an AP test your senior year
  6. Participate in a job shadow, internship/mentorship, or pre-apprenticeship program
  7. Pass a Dual Credit Class with a “C” or above
  8. Take an ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER Practice Test 
  9. Set up a Career Solutions Student account at www.nmcareersolutions.com and complete the “Why I Work” Financial Tool Activity (under the Career Exploration Tab).
  10. Apply for a scholarship (other than this one)

 Students will complete the APS Foundation Varsity Scholarship Entry Form and attach their documentation for the items they have completed. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2022.

APS Education Foundation Varsity Grant Announcement (PDF)

College Board Opportunity Scholarship

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships offer nearly $5 million in scholarships each year as a way to reward students for their efforts to plan and pay for college. The program is currently open to the class of 2022. Students should plan to complete six college planning steps for six separate chances at $500. When they finish all six, they’ll be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but they can still earn money even if they don’t complete them all. The first two steps are now open to juniors. The rest will open up over the next year.

  1. Build Your College List: Get started by exploring colleges of interest and build and save a college list on College Board BigFuture™ (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) with at least six (6) schools. You must be logged in to BigFuture™ using your College Board account.
  2. Practice for the SAT: Log in and complete either (a) a Timed Mini Section or (b) a Diagnostic Quiz to practice for the SAT using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® (www.satpractice.org). Your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts must be linked.
  3. Explore Scholarships
  4. Strengthen Your College List 
  5. Complete the FAFSA
  6. Apply to Colleges 
  7. Complete Your Journey
The Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund Scholarship Program offers a four-year college scholarship that provides financial and personal support focused on helping Daniels Scholars succeed in college, and in life. The Daniels Scholarship can be used at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States. Our goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college.

Every year, Daniels Scholars are selected from our four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Daniels Scholars have attended more than 400 colleges and universities in 48 states. For more information and how to apply, visit the website.

National Scholarship Search - More competitive:

QuestBridge National College Match - for SENIORS

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college.  For more information, visit the QuestBridge website.

Horatio Alger Scholarship - for JUNIORS

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.  For more information, visit the website.

DUE DATE: January 6, 2022: GE-Reagan Scholarship. Seniors only. Up to $40,000! The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Min. 3.0 GPA. More info here.  Application here.

DUE DATE: January 14, 2022: DECA Scholarships. Must be an active DECA member. Information on website here! 

DUE DATE: January 15, 2022: Climate Justice Scholarship, $2500Details & application on Dosomething.org website.

DUE DATE: January 26, 2022:  Coolidge Scholars: JUNIORS ONLY!!  Full-ride scholarship that can be used at any accredited college or university. For juniors with excellent academics who are interested in public policy. Application and details on Coolidge Scholars website here.

DUE DATE: January 29, 2022: Diversity in STEM Fields Scholarship, $2500Details & application on Dosomething.org website.

DUE DATE: January 31, 2022: Hamilton Relay Scholarship, $500, seniors only who are deaf, hard-of-hearing. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay on the topic of communication technology, and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can be found online at www.hamiltonrelay.com

DUE DATE: Feb. 1, 2022: NM Activities Association (NMAA) Scholarships: several different awards for graduating seniors involved in HS athletics and/or activities. Detailed online application requites transcript, essay, recommendations, nomination; start early!

DUE DATE: Feb. 11, 2022: Optimist Club Essay Contest. $2,500 (if you win at the local level and then at District level). Open to all students younger than age 19 as of Oct. 1, 2021. Essay topic (700-800 words): "How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?". To apply: fill out this application, and email or drop off application along with essay and proof of age (must be copy of passport or birth certificate) to Ms. Faulds at: alicia.faulds@aps.edu. You'll need this info for the application: our sponsoring club is the Evening Optimist Club of Albuquerque and the club # is 19075Read the detailed instructions on the application form very carefully.

DUE DATE: Feb. 14, 2022$500. Seniors only. Organ Transplant Awareness Program (OTAP) Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors! Two $500 scholarships will be awarded by OTAP to NM high school seniors in memory of Betty Montoya (kidney recipient) and Jaime Munoz (double lung recipient). OTAP scholarship program promotes organ and tissue donation as an important social responsibility and assists NM youth with higher education. Eligible students must submit an essay by the February 14 deadline. Application form available at www.otapnm.com

DUE DATE: Feb. 21, 2022: NM Coalition of Educational Leaders (NMCEL) Scholarship: $3,000 (2 awards). Seniors only. 3.0 min. GPA, preference given to students considering a major in education (including teaching, Counseling)  Requires application form, essay and 2 letters of reference.  Download the packet.

DUE DATE: Feb. 28, 2022: The Dream.US Scholarship: for students who are undocumented: Details and application on website.

DUE DATE: Feb. 28, 2022Coach Mike "Papa" Brown MSA Scholarship Fund, awards range from $5,000 to $1,000. Open to APS senior athletes with a 3.5 GPA or above. Information here and apply here! This scholarship is to honor the life of Coach Mike “Papa” Brown and is open to all Albuquerque Public School student athletes within the Albuquerque Metro Area with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Students must plan to attend college or vocational/trade school starting no later than fall 2022. Five winners will be selected and awarded as follows: Grand Prize: $5,000; First runner-up: $4,000; Second runner-up: $3,000; Third runner-up: $2,000; Fourth runner-up: $1,000. Scholarship begins October 28. Applications will be received until February 28. Winners will start being announced around March 28, 2022.

DUE DATE: Feb. 28, 2022: NM Association of School Business Officials Scholarship: Seniors only, who will attend a NM college. $1500 or $2500 (7-10 scholarships awarded!)  Apply here. Requirements: complete scholarship application through Reviewr which includes the following: a) Demonstrate strong academic achievement with a 3.0 GPA or better and submit a copy of the following documents: unofficial high school transcript & ACT and/or SAT scores. b) Submit a typed essay (double spaced and no longer than two pages in length). The essays will be scored according to the following criteria: Details of your plans for attending college and pursuing a college degree; Information on how the scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals; Information demonstrating your financial need; Information about your service to the community or school district if any. c) Submit two letters of recommendation written by a schoolteacher, staff member, or school administrator. (**Must be on school letterhead**) 2. A graduating senior from an accredited public or charter high school in the State of New Mexico. 3. The school district or charter high school is a current member of NMASBO. 4. Enroll and attend a college or university of your choice in the State of New Mexico as a full-time student (12 or more semester hours/credits). 5. Available to all NM HS Seniors graduating in the 2021-22 academic year with no emphasis placed on ethnicity or gender.

DUE DATE: Feb. 2022:  Aldo Leopold Writing Contest/Scholarship: $500. Open to grades 9-12. Write brief essay on topic provided re: global conservation & the environment. Details and application here.

DUE DATE: Feb. 2022:  Credit Union Association of NM Scholarship: must be senior with 2.8 GPA or higher, and planning to attend college full time in New Mexico starting Fall 2022.  Application and details on the Credit Union Association of New Mexico website.

DUE DATE:  March 6, 2022: $500 scholarship. Seniors only, with min. 3.0 GPA. Diane Gillen Future Educator Scholarship: application here. Perfect for seniors who plan to go into teaching. Requires online application with brief question-essays, along with the following documentation: current high school transcript, letter of interest, resume, letter of recommendation either from a school principal, teacher, counselor, mentor or coach, and (optional) any recognitions or awards you have received, as a result of your achievements.

DUE DATE: March 8, 2022: Jiffy Lube Teen Driver Scholarship Program. 1 overall $5,000 award; 2 finalist $1,500 awards. Two categories: licensed teen drivers and students in driver's ed. Simple application and 500-word essay re: "What Drives You?"! Apply on Jiffy Lube website. 

DUE DATE: March 2022: Project Yellow Light. $2,000. Open to Juniors & Seniors (& college students). Create a billboard design to warn your peers of the dangers of texting and driving. In addition to the scholarship, the winning designs may be placed on billboards across the country, courtesy of Clear Channel Outdoor. Apply on website.

DUE DATE: March 15, 2022:  Horatio Alger State Scholarship  $10,000. JUNIORS ONLY! Assists students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need ($55,000 or lower), a good academic record (2.0 GPA min.), commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society.

DUE DATE: March 2022: Mayflower Society of NM $1,620 Scholarship (seniors & current college students only): requires essay re: Mayflower Compact, resume, transcript & 2 letters of rec. Application available on Mayflower Society Website.

DUE DATE: March 2022: Kirtland Spouses Scholarship. $$$ value to be decided: The number of scholarships awarded each year and the amount of each scholarship will vary based on funds available, the number of applicants, and the quality of applications. Seniors only, starting college or trade school in Fall 2022, must be a dependent of Armed Forces personnel assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base or on remote assignment. Instructions and application. 

DUE DATE: March 2022: Quest Bridge College Prep Scholars:  JUNIORS with outstanding grades and test scores + lower-income backgrounds (typically less than $65K for a family of 4, and often less). Fantastic opportunity to apply for free and attend elite colleges on scholarship! See site for details, and to see if you qualify. Contact Ms. Faulds with questions! Quest Bridge College Prep Scholars website 

DUE DATE: March 2022: Toyota HS Scholarship Challenge: $1,000 scholarship (a total of 60 scholarships will be awarded!). Public school seniors only in ABQ, Rio Rancho & Santa Fe. Requires essay: "What will you to do better your community once you further your education?" (250 words or less).  Apply online or print application and deliver in person to Toyota dealership.

DUE DATE: March 31, 2022: 2021-22 APS Education Foundation Varsity Award Scholarship. Seniors only. Seven $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to APS Seniors. Qualify in up to 10 college/career preparation categories (more information) and apply up to 10 times using this form.

DUE DATE: April 7, 2022: NM Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship Fund through Albuquerque Community FoundationApplication online. Up to $1,000 assistance to NM graduating high school seniors residing in a manufactured (mobile) home. GPA minimum: 3.0.

DUE DATE: April 7, 2022: James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship Fund: One or more scholarships of up to $2,000Application online: link coming in Jan. 2022. The James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship Fund was established within Albuquerque Community Foundation by family and friends in 2011. This scholarship program will annually award one or more scholarships up to $2,000 to high school graduates from Albuquerque who continue to pursue a “life dream”/professional or educational goal in spite of facing extraordinary life challenges. The recipient will be a graduating high school senior from the Albuquerque Metro Area (Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance & Sandoval Counties) who has overcome their personal adversity and demonstrates: hope, faith and courage; Thoughtfulness and service to others; Living life, pursing dreams and enabling one’s self. The scholarship is to be used for post-secondary education at an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution in pursuit of a “life dream” and/or professional goal. The school may be a two- or four-year college or university and the student must attend full time.  The applicant needs to demonstrate that he/she is capable of succeeding in that educational pursuit and that this scholarship will help them in this endeavor.

DUE DATE: April 7, 2022: Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque Scholarship Fund through Albuquerque Community FoundationApplication online. Assistance to graduating students with strong community service experience and strong academic records from an Albuquerque metro area high school, who are planning a career in child development and/or teaching.

DUE DATE: April 7, 2022: $10,000! Seniors only. Woodcock Family Education Fund through Albuquerque Community FoundationApplication online. Assistance to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors of exceptional promise in the fields of science and math.

DUE DATE: April 2022: NMEAF FAFSA Completion Scholarship. Seniors only who have completed the FAFSA, apply here for a $500 scholarship drawing that's only open to NM students!

DUE DATE: April, 2022: Hispanic Seniors only. $1,000. 2021 ABQ Hispano Chamber of Commerce Scholarships. Scholarship Objective: to provide recognition for educational achievement and leadership qualities to graduating New Mexico high school seniors that will be attending an institution of higher learning. Eligibility: Seniors graduating in the current school year and planning to enroll in an institution of higher learning the full 2022-23 academic year. NM residents with a 2.5 GPA or higher; all students regardless of documentation status are eligible. Scholarship Committee considerations: educational achievement, leadership qualities, letters of recommendation, and written essay. See website for application.

DUE DATE: April, 2022Sussman-Miller Educational Assistance Fund through Albuquerque Community Foundation. $500 to $2,000 assistance to students to further their education in an undergraduate program OUT-OF-STATE OR AT IN-STATE PRIVATE COLLEGES*, who need financial assistance to address the ‘gap’ in financial aid packages. *PLEASE NOTE: two different receipt deadlines/categories for Sussman-Miller: 1) Deadline for students who will attend out-of-state schools or in-state private schools: April 2022; 2) Deadline for students will attend NM state public schools: June 2022

DATE: April 15, 2022: Camilla Rowe Memorial Scholarship. $2,000. For seniors only who attended EISENHOWER MS for at least 1 year. Camilla Rowe was a beloved teacher at EMS whose teaching philosophy emphasized to her students "to question, seek answers, and question again in the search of Truth".  Her family established this scholarship in her honor. Requires application and essay (400-500 words) on topic to be announced. Submit essay & application (available in Spring 2022- will be updated here) via email to: camillarowescholarship@gmail.com. 

DUE DATE: April 2022: NM Engineering Foundation Scholarships: amounts & requirements vary. See NM Engineering Website for details and applications. READ THROUGH WEBSITE CAREFULLY! The NM Engineering Foundation offers both university and high school scholarships. University scholarships are primarily offered in the spring and are designated for students majoring in engineering, math, or science at a New Mexico college or university. Scholarships are also designated for graduating NM high school seniors who plan to pursue undergraduate degrees in engineering, math, or science.

DUE DATE: April, 2022. APS Foundation Varsity Scholarship Entry Form: seniors only, apply to win one of five $1,000 scholarships! Apply up to 10 x in 10 different categories! 

DUE DATE: April, 2022. Kirtland Federal Credit Union "Club F.I.T." Scholarship: awards from $1,000-$2,000, seniors only:  To enter, submit by email a 500-700 word essay on the topic: “Many graduating seniors will receive their diploma having never stepped foot in their high schools during their senior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What impact did the COVID-19 pandemic have on you as a high school senior, and how do you think your experience will shape your plans for college and, eventually, your career?” To be eligible, applicants must be accepted to a two- or four-year college and enroll in the Fall 2022 semester. Applicants should be members of Kirtland FCU or sponsored by a current member. Submit essay along with required documents and paperwork to scholarship@kirtlandfcu.org

DUE DATE: April, 2022.  The Aerospace Corporation "Future STEM Leaders" $5,000 college scholarship.  JUNIORS only. Please see info and application instructions on the Aerospace Corporation website.

DUE DATE TBA (April - June 2022); Duck Tape "Stuck on Prom" contest: make your prom dress/tux out of duct tape and win up to $10,000! Information and application online.

DUE DATE: May 2022: CGCS-Bernard Harris Scholarship.  $5,000.  Open to African American and Hispanic seniors who plan to pursue college studies in one of the STEM-related fields. Application here.

DUE DATE May 2022:  Olson/Taylor/Koleske Science & Engineering Scholarship: $3,000, seniors only. Requires 1 additional science course beyond that required for graduation, and be planning to major in a physical science or engineering field in college. Details and application on website.

DUE DATE: May 22, 2022 $1,000. Seniors only. Neil Isbin was a lifelong human rights activist who worked tirelessly for equality and justice, gay and lesbian rights, affordable health care for all New Mexicans, tax fairness for working families, and public employee collective bargaining. The Neil Isbin $1,000 scholarship toward college tuition is awarded annually and is administered by the Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico (JCF). Eligibility: open to all Albuquerque-area high school seniors who (1) have demonstrated achievements or ongoing volunteer work supporting human rights and human dignity, and (2) will be enrolling in an accredited nonprofit college or university in the fall. There are no restrictions on eligibility based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability status. Application hereSee website here. Fill out & email to: erika@jcfnm.org

DUE DATE TBA: Kirtland Federal Credit Union Club F.I.T. scholarships (total of 3: $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000). Seniors only; must be a member, child, or grandchild of a member in good standing with Kirtland Federal Credit Union. Must be accepted to an accredited 2- or 4-year institution and attending college for the first time. Scholarship must be used exclusively to pay the tuition or associated costs of named winner only at an accredited 2- or 4- year institution. For more information and to download an application form, visit the website for an application.

DUE DATE: May 28, 2021 Advancing Young Women in STEM Scholarship ($500 - $1,000): to inspire the next generation of female innovators and leaders. Applicants must be: high school Jr/Sr applying to college in STEM OR a current undergraduate in a STEM field; resident of NM OR currently enrolled at a NM college/university; a woman (25 or younger) pursuing a STEM education/career; GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale)  Apply here.  Questions? email: jmcconaughy@explora.us. See flyer.

DUE DATE: May 31, 2021: Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union Scholarship: $4,000 for 1st place; additional scholarships as well. Must be senior and be the primary account holder of an SLFCU savings account (not a beneficiary of a custodial account). Requirements to apply: an original essay addressing the topic, "Describe the person who has most influenced your money decisions and how their influence has impacted your financial behaviors." Your essay must be no more than 500 words in length, double-spaced, and in PDF format; PDF copy of your latest grade transcript showing a current cumulative grade point average (high school or college) of at least 2.5, along with your name and school; concise resume in PDF format that lists your academic honors, sports, extracurricular activities, accomplishments, volunteer activities, and work experience (as applicable); One (1) letter of recommendation provided by an adult (teacher, counselor, coach, employer, etc.) to whom you are not related. Application here.

DUE DATE:  June 3, 2021: Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship through the Albuquerque Community Foundation. Assistance up to $2,200 to students in the field of Automotive Technology and related Applied Technologies. Students must pursue a degree or certificate from a nonprofit, public automotive or technical vocational institution including community colleges.

DUE DATE: June 3, 2021: David R. Woodling Memorial Scholarship through the Albuquerque Community Foundation. Up to $4,600 in assistance to student(s) attending an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution in pursuit of a certificate or degree in a metals technology program with a concentration in machine tool technology and welding.

DUE DATE: June 3, 2021: Youth in Foster Care Scholarship Fund through Albuquerque Community Foundation: Assistance (one or two awards up to $1,000) to young adults who have been in the New Mexico foster care system who want to develop a marketable skill or continue their education at a post-secondary school.

DUE DATE TBA: June 2021. Abbott & Fenner Scholarship Program.  $1,000. Application process: submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of website.

DUE DATE: June 14, 2021Sussman-Miller Educational Assistance Fund through Albuquerque Community Foundation. $500 to $2,000 assistance to students to further their education in an undergraduate program at public schools IN NEW MEXICO who need financial assistance to address the "gap" in financial aid packages. *PLEASE NOTE: two different receipt deadlines/categories for Sussman-Miller: 1) deadline for students who will attend out-of-state schools or in-state private schools: April 2021; 2) Deadline for students will attend New Mexico state public schools: June 2021.

DUE DATE: June 2021: Chief Manuelito Scholarship for Navajo senior students only. $7,000/yr. ACT & GPA minimums -- see chart; must also complete Navajo language and government classes.

DUE DATE: Aug., 2021: NM Friends of Foster Children Scholarship. $1,000. Seniors aged 17 - 25 who have been in the foster system for at least 1 year. Apply here.

DUE DATE: Sept. 2022SENIORS ONLY. FULL RIDE! HIGHLY COMPETITIVE! The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship* for outstanding minority HS seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. To learn more, watch this video. *Scholars receive funding for the full cost of college attendance (tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, other costs) that is not already covered by other financial aid and the Expected Family Contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a scholar’s college or university. 

To apply, students must be: HS senior; from at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native (proof of tribal enrollment required), Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American; Pell Grant-eligible (determined through FAFSA); US citizen, national, or permanent resident; in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3. Student must plan to enroll full-time in a 4-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit college or university. An ideal candidate will have: an outstanding academic record in HS (top 10% of graduating class); demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities); exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)  Application here.

DUE DATE: September 2022: Quest Bridge National College Match: FULL RIDE!  Seniors with outstanding grades & test scores + low income backgrounds (typically households earning less than $65,000/yr. for a family of four, and often less). Fantastic opportunity for a full-ride scholarship to a highly selective college/university. See Quest Bridge website for details and application, and to see if you qualify. Ask Ms. Velhagen if you have questions! -- JUNIORS: SEE MARCH 2022 DUE DATE FOR JUNIORS' VERSION!

DUE DATE: October 2022: AES Engineering Scholarship: Info at AES website $500. Seniors only. Brief essay on the topic: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Submit essay to scholarships@aesengineers.com. Include in your email: full name, HS name, and your plans for next year.

DUE DATE: Nov. 2022: Prudential Emerging Visionaries Award (formerly Prudential Spirit of Community Awards): open to all HS students with substantial community service/volunteer experience. Apply online here. Top honorees earn cash awards and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

DUE DATE: Nov. 2022: Elks Most Valuable Student Competition. Seniors only. (500 Awards - $50,000). See website here for details and application.  

DUE DATE: Nov. 2022 Daniels Fund Scholarship. Seniors only. Competitive scholarship with financial need component (must qualify through FAFSA before applying). There is a "financial need" component, which is determined by your FAFSA.  See Daniels website here to check if you qualify. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year, annually renewable college scholarship that is unique to each student and varies depending on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC- this is determined by your FAFSA) and their choice of school and degree program. The scholarship pays up to $25,000 per year toward the student’s unmet need, after applying their EFC, other scholarships, and financial aid. Daniels Scholars may attend any accredited college or university in the United States. 

DUE DATE: Nov. 2022:  2022 Young Asian American Student Award$250. The Asian-American population is one of the fastest growing demographics in NM, now accounting for around 5% of the population. The mission of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE/USA) NM Chapter, also known as Association of Chinese American Engineers and Scientists of NM (ACES-NM) Young Asian American Student Award Program is to recognize outstanding Asian American HS students in our local chapter area. These individuals demonstrate excellent academic achievements, leadership in community service, global awareness, and professional development. The program challenges and encourages applicants to reach the highest standards of career development and lifetime achievement. ACES-NM is now soliciting nominations for the annual Young Asian American Student Award. Up to five awardees will be selected, and each recipient will be recognized and presented a $250 award at the annual ACES-NM (CIE/USA-NM) Annual Meeting in December 2022.
Eligibility: The application is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with Asian heritage currently enrolled in 10th to 12th grade in the NM high schools, excluding those who have received this award previously.
Evaluation: The evaluation committee consists of current ACES-NM Board members and local Asian- American community leaders, excluding those with children who are applicants.
Submission Guidelines: Visit the CIE/USA-NM website (or go directly to the application page.) Additionally, to complete the application, the following documents in a single PDF file must be uploaded through the application website. Incomplete application will not be considered.

  1. Official high school transcript
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume
  4. A letter of support from either a teacher or a community leader familiar with the student’s achievements and activities

If you have any questions, please contact with the Evaluation Committee Chair, Dr. Huining Kang (kanghn@unm.edu)

DUE DATE: December 2022:  Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Students apply for grants of varying $$$ in several categories: education, business, healthcare & science, media & entertainment, STEM, and community service.  See website for details. Eligibility: must be graduating in Spring 2023; must have at least unweighted 3.0 GPA; be of Hispanic Heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines); planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after HS graduation; If selected, must attend the regional ceremony (if safely possible). Travel to the ceremony will be at the recipient’s expense; Completed online application including a letter of recommendation, transcript and essay questions; Be a Permanent Resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen.

DUE DATE: December 2022: National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship:  Awards: 475 national semifinalists - $2,850 scholarship; 24 national finalists - $5,150 scholarship; 1 national winner - $22,650 scholarship. Seniors who are NHS members only. Requires application & 3 recommendations.

DUE DATE: Dec. 2022: Foot Locker Student-Athlete Scholarship. Seniors only. (20 x $20,000 awarded!)  To be eligible, the applicant must: be entering college in Fall 2023 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree; be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports; have a minimum GPA of 3.0; be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win); not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director. They are looking for students who: embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character;  are trusted and respected members of their schools and communities and have built long-term relationships; are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live; have made a significant long-term commitment to improving the lives of others; display academic excellence. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have diverse backgrounds, are from different places, have varied academic ambitions, and play different sports; they are proactive, highly motivated, inspiring & charismatic, honest & trustworthy, genuine, strong & courageous. Requires 2 brief essay questions and letters of recommendation, so start early. Apply on website here.