New Mexico Scholars

New Mexico Scholars

The New Mexico Scholars Scholarship encourages NM high school graduates to enroll in college full-time at a public or private non-profit postsecondary in NM before their 21st birthday in an undergraduate program.


  • Student must be a resident of New Mexico
  • Must have graduated from a New Mexico high school in top 5% of class or obtain a score of 25 on the ACT or 1140 on the SAT
  • Student must attend an eligible public or private not for profit post-secondary institution
  • Undergraduate
  • Enrolled full time
  • Based on family income:  Combined family income may not exceed $60,000 per year.
When to Apply

Students shall contact institution for eligibility period.

Where to Apply

Students shall  apply at the eligible institution he/she will be attending. 

How to Apply

Students shall contact their institution’s financial aid office for application instruction.


Tuition, books and fees


Each scholarship is for a period of one academic year. The scholarship may be renewed annually until the award recipient has received four annual scholarship awards or until the student graduates from a four-year institution, whichever is earlier.

NMHED, Financial Aid Division Contact Information
Phone: 1-800-279-9777

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