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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$Scholar Dollar$ opens October 1. For priority consideration, apply by 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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In-State Residents

These scholarships are for first-time freshmen students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. They are applicable to fall and spring semesters only, and are renewable for three consecutive years, after the initial award year, unless otherwise stated. Students must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus to receive these scholarships.

Top Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application
President’s Associates Excellence Scholarship 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 $4,000 NMSU Housing Award. Awarded using a blind selection process with a maximum of 15 awards offered each year. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. Must submit a Scholar Dollar$ application and be admitted with ACT/SAT test scores on file by December 1.
Conroy Merit Scholarship Designated a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Tuition and fees. $5,000 stipend per academic year and the  one-year $4,000 NMSU Housing
Award.
3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. No application required.
Conroy Achievement Scholarship 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 enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester.
No application required.

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.

Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application
Legislative Lottery Scholarship New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Must enroll in college within 16 months after high school graduation or receipt of 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

A student may qualify for only one Institutional Scholarship (excluding the NMSU Housing Award).

Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application
Aggie Achiever Scholarship 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 $6,500 per academic year. Limited number available 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester Must submit a Scholar Dollar$ application and be admitted with ACT/SAT test scores on file by December 1.
Hadley Honors Scholarship Academic Index of 159 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 enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. Must be admitted with ACT/SAT test scores on file by December 1.
Crimson Success Scholarship Academic Index of 145 – 158.999. 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 enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. Must be admitted with ACT/SAT test scores on file by December 1.
1888 Leadership Scholarship Academic Index of 133 – 144.999. 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. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester No application required.
‘A’ Mountain Merit Scholarship Academic Index of 118 – 132.999. 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. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester No application required.
Pete’s Opportunity Scholarship Academic Index of 100 – 117.999. 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. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester No application required.

Out-Of-State Residents

These scholarships are for first-time freshmen students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. They are applicable to fall and spring semesters only. Students must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus to receive these scholarships.

Out-of-State Scholarships

The following Out-of-State Scholarships may be awarded in addition to an Out-of-State Discount listed below (a student can qualify for only one scholarship and one discount, excluding the NMSU Housing Award). Scholarships are renewable for three consecutive years, after the initial award year, unless otherwise stated.

Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application
Conroy Merit Scholarship Designated a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Tuition and fees, $5,000 stipend per year and the one-year $4,000 NMSU Housing Award. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. No application required
Conroy Achievement Scholarship Designated a National Merit Semifinalist 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 year and the one-year $4,000 NMSU Housing Award. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credit hours per academic year. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. No application required
Hadley Honors Out-of-State Scholarship Academic Index of 159 and above. U.S. 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 enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester Must be admitted with ACT/SAT test scores on file by December 1.
Crimson Success Out-of-State Scholarship Academic Index of 145 – 158.999. U.S. 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 enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester Must be admitted with ACT/SAT test scores on file by December 1.
1888 Leadership Out-of-State Scholarship Academic Index of 133 – 144.999. U.S. 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. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. No application required

Out-of-State Discounts

The following Out-of-State Discounts may be awarded in addition to an Out-of-State Scholarship listed above (a student can qualify for only one scholarship and one discount).

Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal Requirements Application
Out-of-State Competitive Discount 3.5 GPA and 23 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 26 ACT U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. $16,140 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition. Limited number available 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours each semester. No application required
Descubre Out-of-State Discount Mexican citizen on an F or J visa sponsored by NMSU’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services. $13,188 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition. Assumes enrollment in 15 credit hours on Las Cruces campus. Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester. No application required
135 Mile Out-of-State Discount Texas resident, within 135 miles of the NMSU Las Cruces campus. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. $15,549 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition. Assumes enrollment in 15 credit hours on Las Cruces campus Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester No application required
Western Undergraduate Out-of-State Discount Residents from participating states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. $13,188 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition. Assumes enrollment in 15 credit hours on Las Cruces campus. Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester No application required
Colorado / Arizona Out-of-State Discount Colorado and Arizona residents. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. $16,140 per academic year toward reducing non-resident tuition. Assumes enrollment in 15 credit hours on Las Cruces campus. Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. Should enroll in 15 new credit hours per semester 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 

These scholarships are no longer available for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

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, Guam 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.