Scholarships

At NMSU, you can qualify for two different types of scholarships. The scholarships listed below are automatically awarded based on your admissions application. Additionally, you can apply for all other NMSU scholarships with a single application using Scholar Dollar$Scholar Dollar$ is open October 1 until March 1.

Academic Index

Your Academic Index Score is calculated using your High School GPA and ACT Score. Some of our scholarships use this score to determine eligibility.

(ACT x 2.778) + (GPA x 25) = Academic Index Score (Maximum possible score is 200.)

See ACT/SAT Equivalencies

Academic Index Calculator


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Freshmen NM-Resident

These scholarships are effective for new students entering Fall 2017. They are applicable to fall and spring semesters only and are renewable for three consecutive years, after the initial award year, unless otherwise stated.

Top Scholarships

The following scholarships cover tuition and fees, have varying stipends, and a one-year housing award. The tuition portion of this award is funded by the Legislative Lottery Scholarship starting the second semester.

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
President’s Associates Excellence Scholarship

Awarding for this scholarship has ended for 2017-18.

Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. 3.75 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 30 ACT. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Tuition and fees. $3,250 stipend per academic year and the one-year NMSU Housing Award. Awarded using a blind selection process with a maximum of 15 awards offered each year. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must submit a Scholar Dollar$ application and have all required credentials on file by December 1.
Conroy Merit Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Designated a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Tuition and fees. $5,000 stipend per academic year and the one-year NMSU Housing Award. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must be admitted to NMSU with ACT/SAT scores by December 1.
Conroy Achievement Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Designated a National Merit Semi-finalist or National Achievement Scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or Designated a National Hispanic Scholar by College Board. Tuition and fees. $2,500 stipend per academic year and the one-year NMSU Housing Award. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must be admitted to NMSU with ACT/SAT scores by December 1.

State-funded Scholarship

Students must qualify for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship during their first semester. Qualifying students will begin receiving it during their second semester.

The Legislative Lottery Scholarship amount is subject to change by the New Mexico Higher Education Department or the New Mexico Legislature.

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Legislative Lottery Scholarship New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Must enroll first semester after high school graduation or GED/HiSET. First semester college GPA of 2.5 and pass 15 credits. Percentage of tuition. 2.5 cumulative GPA and pass 15 credits per semester for a maximum of seven semesters. No application required.

Institutional Scholarships

The following scholarships can be awarded in addition to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. A student may qualify for only one Institutional Scholarship (excluding the NMSU Housing Award).

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Aggie Achiever Scholarship

Awarding for this scholarship has ended for 2017-18.

Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. 3.75 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 30 ACT. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. $6,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must submit a Scholar Dollar$ application and have all required credentials on file by December 1.
Hadley Honors Scholarship

Awarding for this scholarship has ended for 2017-18.

Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 152 and above. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. $5,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must be admitted to NMSU with test scores and high school transcript by December 1.
Crimson Success Scholarship

Awarding for this scholarship has ended for 2017-18.

Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 138 – 151.99. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. $4,000 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.0 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must be admitted to NMSU with test scores and high school transcript by December 1.
1888 Leadership Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 128 – 137.99. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. $3,000 per academic year. Limited number available. 2.7 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
‘A’ Mountain Merit Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 116 – 127.99. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. $1,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 2.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
Pete’s Opportunity Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 100 – 115.99. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. $1,000 per academic year. 2.25 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.

Freshmen Out-of-State

These scholarships are effective for new students entering Fall 2017. They are applicable to fall and spring semesters only.

Out-of-State Scholarships

The following Out-of-State Scholarships may be awarded in addition to an Out-of-State Award below (a student can qualify for only one scholarship and one award, excluding the NMSU Housing Award).

Out-of-State Scholarships are renewable for three consecutive years, after the initial award year, unless otherwise stated.

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Conroy Merit Scholarship Admitted to NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Designated a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Tuition and fees, $5,000 stipend per academic year and the one-year NMSU Housing Award. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.
Conroy Achievement Scholarship        Admitted to NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Designated a National Merit Semi-finalist or National Achievement Scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Or,
designated a National Hispanic Scholar by College Board. U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Tuition and fees, $2,500 stipend per academic year and the one-year NMSU Housing Award. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.
Hadley Honors Out-of-State Scholarship

Awarding for this scholarship has ended for 2017-18.

Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 152 and above

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

$4,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. Must be admitted to NMSU with ACT/SAT scores by December 1.
Crimson Success Out-of-State Scholarship

Awarding for this scholarship has ended for 2017-18.

Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 138 – 151.99

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

$3,000 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.0 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. Must be admitted to NMSU with ACT/SAT scores by December 1.
1888 Leadership Out-of-State Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Academic Index of 128 – 137.99

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

$1,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 2.7 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.

Out-of-State Awards

The following Out-of-State Awards may be awarded in addition to an Out-of-State Scholarship above (a student can qualify for only one scholarship and one award, excluding the NMSU Housing Award).

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Out-of-State Competitive Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. 3.5 GPA and 23 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 26 ACT. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $15,579 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition. Limited number available. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
Descubre Out-of-State Award Admitted to an NMSU-Las Cruces campus undergraduate program. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Mexican citizen on an F or J visa sponsored by NMSU’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services. $12,729 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.
135 Mile Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Texas resident, within 135 miles of the NMSU Las Cruces campus. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $15,009 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.
Western Undergraduate Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Residents from participating states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY and the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $12,729 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.
Colorado / Arizona Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Colorado and Arizona residents. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $15,579 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.

Transfer Students

These scholarships are effective for new students entering Fall 2017. They are applicable to fall and spring semesters only.

Transfer Scholarships

The following Transfer Scholarships may be awarded in addition to a Transfer Award below (a student can qualify for only one scholarship and one award). NM Resident Transfer students may also be eligible for the remaining semesters on their Legislative Lottery Scholarship award.

Transfer Scholarships are renewable for one consecutive year, after the initial award year, unless otherwise stated.

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Hadley Honors Transfer Scholarship 

Awarding for this scholarship has ended for 2017-18.

Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus as a transfer student. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Cumulative transfer GPA 3.75 – 4.0 with a maximum of 90 transferable credit hours, including any in progress credit hours. NM Resident, U.S. Citizen, or Permanent Resident. $3,000 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.
1888 Leadership Transfer Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus as a transfer student. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Cumulative transfer GPA 3.5 – 3.74 with a maximum of 90 transferable credit hours, including any in progress credit hours. NM Resident, U.S. Citizen, or Permanent Resident. $2,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.25 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.
‘A’ Mountain Merit Transfer Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus as a transfer student. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Cumulative transfer GPA 3.25 – 3.49 with a maximum of 90 transferable credit hours, including any in progress credit hours. NM Resident, U.S. Citizen, or Permanent Resident. $2,000 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.0 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.
Pete’s Opportunity Transfer Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus as a transfer student. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Cumulative transfer GPA 3.0 – 3.24 with a maximum of 90 transferable credit hours, including any in progress credit hours. NM Resident, U.S. Citizen, or Permanent Resident. $1,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 2.75 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.
PTK Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus as a transfer student. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. Must be certified member of PTK with a 3.5 cumulative college GPA. NM Resident, U.S. Citizen, or Permanent Resident. $500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.0 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. No application required.

Transfer Awards

The following Transfer Awards may be awarded in addition to a Transfer Scholarship above (a student can qualify for only one scholarship and one award).

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Out-of-State Competitive Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. 3.5 cumulative college GPA. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $15,579 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition. Limited number available. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
Descubre Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to an NMSU-Las Cruces campus degree program. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Mexican citizen on an F or J visa sponsored by NMSU’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services. $12,729 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.
135 Mile Out-of State-Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Texas resident, within 135 miles of the NMSU Las Cruces campus. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $15,009 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.
Western Undergraduate Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Residents from participating states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY and the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $12,729 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.
Colorado / Arizona Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. Colorado and Arizona residents. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $15,579 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition (assumes enrollment of 15 credit hours at NMSU Las Cruces campus). Must meet satisfactory academic progress. No application required.

It is understood that any item on this page is subject to modification at any time by proper administrative procedure.