Scholarships/College Prep


Online Transcript Service (Parchment)
Visit this page to view instructional videos (creating your account and using the service) or fill out the transcript request form in the front office (Building B) and turn into the Registrar's Office.REMEMBER: Counselors do not give out Official Transcripts!

UNM's FAFSA priority date for 2017-18 is January 6th with a requirement to have all Additional Documentation submitted by January 31st to remain eligible for priority aid. Students who complete the FAFSA by the FAFSA priority date and have a complete Financial Aid file by the Additional Documentation Submission date are considered first for limited grants and loans.

The University of New Mexico College Enrichment and Outreach Programs

College Readiness Program


UNIV 101 - College Readiness Class (Dual Credit)

The University 101 College Readiness Class consists of three components: a 3 day, 2 night summer session, the weekly dual-credit course, and meetings with a personal Educational Mentor Tutor, which take place throughout the participants’ senior year of high school and dual-credit.

·         Summer Session - College Readiness Participants will live on campus for 3 days/2 nights and experience the academic and social life the university offers. The summer session consists of a philanthropy activity, college readiness preparation workshops and presenters, leadership skills activities, and team building exercises. 

·         Dual Credit Class – The class cover topics such as the college application process, financial aid options and application processes, career exploration, college exploration, how to write a resume, cover letter, and personal statement. 2 Elective credits per semester.

·         Senior Year meetings with Educational Mentor Tutors - Students meet with their Educational Mentor/Tutor (EMT) who provides one-on-one help with scholarship searches and processes, financial aid and any other help the student might need. Students meet with their EMT once every other week on the UNM Campus.


College Readiness Program

The College Readiness Program consists of the same three components as the UNIV 101 course however; this option is for students who are not eligible to be enrolled in dual-credit (have a GPA of less than 2.5) or have other time commitments that make attending at least 80% of the Saturday classes difficult. Students who take the non-credit option receive the same information and resources but do not receive credit for the class.



·         Currently be a Junior in a high school in the Albuquerque metro and surrounding areas who will be graduating in 2018.

·         Be considered low income by the standards of the US Department of Education.

·         Students must be nominated by their high school academic counselor/school official during the spring semester of the student’s junior year.

·         At the time of nomination student must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA (for Dual Credit option)

·         Must participate in the College Readiness Summer Residential Program. (Tentative dates: Tuesday-Thursday, July 25-27, 2017)

·         Must follow through with the requirements discussed in the mandatory parent/student meeting.


ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON Friday, April 14th, 2017


For more information contact College Prep Programs at 277-0401 or email

Schumann Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

Please see below about this opportunity for our senior students where they can be given funding for the next level of their education after graduating. 

Wendy's High School Heisman
National Committee Voting Open
The Wendy's® High School Heisman® Scholarship application is open for students graduating with the class of 2018. 

This year, Wendy's® will be awarding 100 students from across the nation with $150,000 in scholarships. And your students have the opportunity to get in on it.

Refer your scholar-athletes with high character.
Wendy's is looking for scholar-athletes like last year's National Winner Frelicia Tucker, a tennis and track and field star who uses her work ethic and passion for excellence to inspire others and champion causes she believes in. Your school has students like Frelicia who give 110% in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Referthese stellar students to the Wendy's Heisman Scholarship today.
Since 1994, Wendy's has been partnering with the biggest name in college football, Heisman®, to support education, recognize achievements, and celebrate students through the Wendy's High School Heisman. Make sure your class of 2018 students are in the game.

Applying is easy.
Our two-part online application makes it quick and easy for students to apply. We're also giving away $10 Wendy's gift cards to the first 1,000 applicants. So don't wait to tell your students about the program.

What Can You Do?
Get the process started by referring a student today. Or send your students to to apply. You can also promote the Wendy's Heisman Scholarship program in your school by using the materials provided here.



NMSU has extended the deadline for their President's Associates Excellence scholarship, a competitive scholarship for high achieving students. This scholarship covers tuition and fees, housing, and provides a large stipend each semester. Please encourage your students to complete the Scholar Dollar$ application by December 31, 2016 in order to qualify.


The 2017 NMASBO Scholarship Information (Guidelines & Application) is posted on under Recognition > High School Scholarships pageThe deadline to submit and postmark the scholarship is Friday, February 10, 2017. If you have any questions please call our office 505.923.3283.


Hamilton Relay Scholarship Application. Deadline is March 1, 2017(application must be postmarked by this date).  he scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or has difficulty speaking. Pick up application in the senior office.

Parry & Pfau Left-Handed Scholarship Las Vegas-based law firm looking to give back to the community. As both partners at our firm are left-handed, we decided to offer a Left-Handed Scholarship for $1,500. Information about the scholarship and a link to the official rules and application form can be found here:

2017 NMCEL Scholarship Announcement NMCEL 
is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for seniors who will graduate in May of 2017. The NMCEL Board has allocated funding for two $3,000 scholarships to be awarded to current seniors who will enroll in a college or university in the Fall of 2017. 
Criteria: 1. Candidate must be a graduating senior from any public high school in the state of New Mexico. 2. Candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better for consideration. 3. Preference will be given to those entering the field of education (teacher, counselor, school business official, human resources, etc.). 
Applications must be emailed to the NMCEL office no later than: February 24, 2017
Applicants must submit the following completed documents: 
1. The Scholarship Application Form (signed by a high school official). 
2. Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or school administrators. 
3. A written essay (at least 300 words) outlining reasons for entering the field of education. 
Finalists must submit an Official High School Transcript prior to the interview process. 
Email to: (preferred method of submission) 

Mail to: NMCEL COE, MSC05 3040 1 UNM Albuquerque, NM 87131 Phone: 505-217-2345

I have an exciting scholarship opportunity to share with you and the students with whom you work. With help from a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), we are offering a STEM scholarship program for students interested in STEM fields (Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics). STEM Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met for all four years with no loans, and have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a STEM-focused pre-orientation workshop with other STEM Scholars.
  • Enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty.
  • Participate in bi-monthly luncheons with STEM faculty and a variety of learning activities on and off campus.
  • Take advantage of various STEM offerings, including faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, preferential residence in Gettysburg College's Science House, and internship opportunities with industrial partners.

Our deadline for Regular Decision admission (using the Common Application) is January 15, and students should file both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA by January 15.

Please visit our website, which also has a link to the application, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

We will also be holding a special STEM Scholar focused session during our January Open House. Interested STEM Scholar-eligible students should sign up here.

Vivint Smart Home is very excited to be offering a scholarship to Rio Rancho Public Schools. We would love to make the application for this scholarship available to your students.

We would be honored if you could let your students know of this opportunity and include us on your scholarship resource page. The details of the scholarship can be found at

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a high school senior or college student, and a legal resident of the United States
  • Student must be enrolled in school no later than September 30, 2017
  • Winner is not based on financial need
  • Applicants required to submit a video (see “Make A Video” tab on the website listed above)
  • Student must be planning on or already enrolled in one of the eligible majors listed in the Scholarship Official Rules
  • Winner of the scholarship must be living in the United States

 New Mexico Education Council (NMEC) scholarship. Deadline is March 1, 2017.More information can be found at

 First Place: $2000.00

Second Place: $1500.00

Third Place: $1000.00

Other applications with merit may receive a $500.00 scholarship from NMEC as funds are available.


Changes to FAFSA

Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, the FAFSA will become available in October rather than January. In addition, families will be asked to report income from two years prior ("prior-prior year"); that is, they will draw on their 2015 tax information. Join us at the College Board Forum to hear about the benefits, opportunities, issues, and implications associated with these changes.

New Mexico Schools, Scholarships and More!


RSI has some good scholarship opportunities for Native Americans, high school students, and those looking for careers in HVAC:

Topal Scholarship-

We started a scholarship program to award 12 scholarships over the next 12 months to help young women pursue their technical career aspirations.


It is open to more than just young aspiring developers; the award applies to anyone with a passion for tech and we welcome applicants from high school who have a growing interest in STEM.

Each scholarship winner will receive a stipend, and in addition, a year of mentorship and guidance from the senior developers within our network. Here are the scholarship guidelines.

FREE $250 SAT and ACT Test Prep Courses

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Young women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!

Young women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Toptal is awarding scholarships to female students interested in these subjects.
Each scholarship winner will receive a stipend, and in addition, a year of mentorship and guidance from the senior developers within their network.

Click HERE for more information!

Students interested in student loans
Students interested in student loans: The Schmann Foundation offers RRPS students loans for college that is given is half a point below prime, 2.75%, which is way below what federal loans are at this time. Students dont have to pay the loan back until they finish their studies, but they must continue to have passing grades and be exceeding in the academic setting. If they have good grades and pay on the loan when required, they could have the interest forgiven as well so then they are only paying the principal.
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Student View Scholarship
The Student View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors... It is open to ALL students regardless of academic achievement or financial need.
Click here for more information!

Looking to attend college in New Mexico?

Click HERE for comprehensive information on New Mexico colleges, universities, career colleges, technical colleges, vocational colleges, technical schools, vocational schools, and online degree programs.

Please click HERE for information which includes links for up to 70 scholarship search sites, links to colleges offering programs for students with learning disabilities, Christian colleges, Catholic colleges, accredited online degree programs, colleges for women, and much, much more. In addition, the site includes an instant online GPA calculator which will accommodate up to 50 grades.

Do you have the grades, ACT score to get into the college of your choice? This website van give you a good idea if your GPA, SAT or ACT scores are good enough to get in, although there are always exceptions. Want a more personalized look at whether you will get into? Sign up for your free "What Are My Chances?"® report.


If you plan on attending the University of New Mexico your application must be submitted and ACCEPTED by December 1st to qualify for ANY scholarships. This includes the Lottery and Bridge Scholarship

Scholarships, college info and more!

CNM Bridge Scholarship Requirements
click here for more information Adrian Garcia Memorial Scholarship
The Adrian Garcia, Jr. Scholarship will award a $1,000 scholarship to a 2016 V. Sue Cleveland High School graduate. The scholarship will be given to a student who has participated (at any time during high school) in track OR football. The “most deserving” awardees as determined by the selection committee.
Click here for application Suncat Scholars
Starting in fall 2014, CNM launched a new comprehensive scholarship program for first time, full time freshman. Suncat Scholars is designed to help associate-degree seeking students earn degrees as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating within 2 years. Suncat Scholars aims to do this by providing social, academic, and financial supports.
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Search from a list of over 60,000 scholarships... there are over $33,000,000 in scholarships!
Click here for more info Exploring College Options
Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford representatives will be at the Embassy Suites to talk to students and parents about their universities. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register. The Horation Alger Scholarhsip
The Horatio Alger Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.
Click here for application Christian College Fair
This event will be held at Hope Christian but all students are invited. The current list of colleges who will attend include Arizona Christian University, California Baptist University, Colorado Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, Life Pacific College, Lubbock Christian University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and The College at Southwestern. If you click on the link to the right then you can click on Registered Schools to see a current list. They would also like you to register if you plan to attend.
Click here for registration Elks National Foundation Scholarship

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2016 competition.

  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • College students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

Click here for application

NM Tech Exploration Day
Fall campus visit day Exploration day is for prospective students and their families to visit the campus and hear more about financial aid and scholarships. Take a tour of the residence halls, dine in the cafeteria, meet some “Techies” and faculty, and find out more about the unique opportunities for undergraduates at Tech
Click here for more information Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Stokes provides a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience in your field while attending college and getting a degree. Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. here for application American Indian Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. There will be no exceptions.This is a one-time $4,000 award.

  • Click here for more information

    Daniels Fund Scholarship

The Daniels Scholarship Program is a four year annually renewable college scholarship to any two or four year accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States for high school seniors who demonstrate character, leadership, and service. It is not an academic merit scholarshipDaniels Scholars must intend to complete a Bachelor's Degree. Click HERE for more information

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New Mexico Schools

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

New Mexico Legistlative Lottery Scholarship covers full tuition for 8 consecutive semesters must maintain a 2.75 GPA and take 15 or more credit hours.

To be eligible:

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 15 new credit hours for the first semester following graduation from NM high school (must be a New Mexico resident, U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.)
    2. Must earn at least a 2.75 GPA at the end of the first semester of college.

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Bridge to Success Scholarship

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Bridge to Success Scholarship covers up to $1,500 of the first semester tuition immediately following high school.

To be eligible:

1.) Student must earn 23 ACT (1070 SAT) and 2.5 GPA in high school

New Mexico Scholarships


Financial Aid

Common Application - Many colleges accept this common online application for admission, and there is a onetime fee.

Education Quest - Learn how to write a resume and get useful information about the financial aide process
New Mexico Commission on Higher Ed.- The purpose of the NM Commission's Financial Aid and Student Services Unit is to provide students and their families information needed to make informed decisions about education after high school.

New Mexico Student Loans – This website includes a list of frequently asked questions about financial aid and student loans

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - FAFSA opens the door to the federal student aid process. Every step you take will get you closer to achieving your educational goals. Find out what you can expect from beginning to end.

Completing the FAFSA – First step instructions on completing the FAFSA

Junior Achievement Financial Aid Center – Information on planning and paying for college

NRCCUA - This is the National Research Center for College and University Admissions. This site is helpful if you are looking for something specific in a college

Students.Gov– General information about government aide, scholarships and college

Student Guide - The Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office.

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Affordable Colleges Online an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families, recently published research on all the not-for-profit universities and colleges in New Mexico that offer online college programs.

The American Legion- The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs

Aspira Association, Inc. The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. BrokeScholar enables users to consolidate all of their scholarship information in one place – with tools that help them request applications, and monitor deadlines and award amounts. Upon completion of an extensive personal profile, BrokeScholar dips into its $3 billion pool of over 900,000 scholarships, and retrieves for its users a thorough list of awards that meet their needs, interests and qualifications

Blackecel- This 200 Free Scholarship List is created by Black Excel, and it's our latest. We have featured over 1,000+ scholarships at our website. Remember that most groups provide scholarships on an annual basis, so don't stress yourself over any one particular deadline. Students are advised to target "good" scholarship sources...and apply every year.

Careers and Find scholarships, college grants, colleges and loans.

Catching The Dream Native American Scholarship Fund- Students must be attending or planning on attending a college or university within the U. S. on a full-time basis that is fully accredited. Study must be at the college level, and can range from bachelor's degrees to postdoctoral study. Applicants must have excellent grades, high ACT or SAT scores, some work experience, a track record of leadership, and a strong commitment to their Indian community.

DECA- DECA's scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year. Many corporate partners of DECA provide scholarships through the DECA Scholarship Program. DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based.
Diversity Jobs’s scholarship program for diversity and minority students awards $2,000 three times annually to currently enrolled undergrads or graduate students from registered schools in the US

College Board Locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your education level, talents, and background.
Daniels Fund Daniels Opportunity Scholarships are distributed to two- and four-year colleges and universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming that provide scholarships to support non-traditional students including adults entering or returning to college, students from alternative schools, juvenile justice facilities and youth offender programs, GED recipients, former foster care youth, returning military, and others.College Net- The database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion. Keyword Search gives you a quick way to narrow down to a particular scholarship or group of scholarships.
College Connection Scholarships-listing free college scholarship information monthly, since 1995.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. Our vision is an educated and civically active Latino community who participate at the local, state, and federal policy decision-making levels.

College Guidance Consultants -- Provides information on scholarships to pay for college. Great tool for parents and students to get acess to a vast database of scholarships from many sources.

College X-Press- A partnership between and Scholarship Experts combines the resources of today's top online education companies to provide direct assistance to help students and parents find a college and fund their education.

Fast Aid - This site claims to be the oldest and largest private sector scholarship database with over 20 years of research and constantly being updated.

Fast Web – This site claims to have over 600,000 scholarships that are worth over 1 billion dollars.

FreSch! – Provides over 5,000 organizations and foundations that offer scholarships and awards

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund- Everything you need to know about our scholarships and how to apply can be found here. Please scroll down so you can become familiar with the easy-access information and online tools we have created for your convenience. As the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid to Latino students, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a diverse range of scholarship programs

MeritAid- A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.
Just Jobs scholarship program awards $2,000 three times annually to currently enrolled undergrads or graduate students from registered schools in the US. Since 1966, Peterson's has helped to connect individuals, educational institutions, and corporations through its critically acclaimed books, web sites, online products, and admissions services. Peterson's reaches an estimated 105 million consumers annually with information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration
Jackie Robinson Foundation Foundation established in memory of Jackie Robinson which helps students with scholarships. - Offers college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Through the generous support of GE, this national program annually awards $10,000 renewable scholarships to numerous students
SallieMae The Online Scholarship Service allows students to search the a database for funding information from a variety of resources, including scholarships, fellowships, grants, work study, loan programs, tuition waivers, internships, competitions, and work co-operative programs
Scholarshipamerica Scholarship America is embarking on our next 50 years with an ambitious plan and a goal to help 750,000 students complete their education.

The Scholarship Page- This scholarship search site was developed by a student to help other students who needed to find scholarship money to fund their education. Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

Wired Scholar – This site has a sections specifically designed for parents, students and counselor on financial aid and scholarships. is the Internet's premiere free college scholarship search engine & financial aid resource, connecting students and parents with financial aid opportunities
Scholarship Help The goal of this website is to educate students about scholarship access and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum financial aid. In addition, their information is free of charge to help students In addition to a great scholarship search engine, this site contains many helpful resources for scholarship hopefuls to access.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation The TrumanScholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service.
UNM Alumni Scholarship Scholarships offered by UNM Alumni Office.
Yahoo Scholarship Page A listing of various internet sites listing scholarship information

Minority and International Student Scholarships

Hispanic College Fund The Hispanic College Fund is a leading non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive set of programs forming a pipeline that supports students from pre-college to college to post-graduate success.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund - The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education.
LatPro’s scholarship program for Hispanic students awards $2,000 three times annually to currently enrolled undergrads or graduate students from registered schools in the US.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship

The Children's Scholarship Fund - The Children's Scholarship fund provides partial tuition waivers for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

International Education Fund - International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) provides information for students that would like to study abroad
APIASF - Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 6th year. We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.Scholarship Deadline - June 14, 2013
Application Process: Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site.



College Board
SAT test information and registration on the College Board Website. Information also available on Advanced Placement (AP) classes, college searches and college planning.
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