Scholarships

At NMSU, you can qualify for two different types of scholarships. The scholarships listed below are automatically awarded based on your admissions application. Some scholarships use an Academic Index score to determine your eligibility. Find your Academic Index using the calculator below and view available scholarships.

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, and is used to determine your eligibility for some scholarships below.

(ACT x 2.778) + (GPA x 25) = Academic Index Score

See ACT/SAT Equivalencies

Academic Index Calculator

Scholarships

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 Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. 3.75 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 30 ACT 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 9.
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. No application required.
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. 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.

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 will 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 Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. 3.75 GPA and 28 ACT or 3.5 GPA and 30 ACT $6,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
Hadley Honors Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Academic Index of 152 and above $5,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.3 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
Crimson Success Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Academic Index of 138 – 151.99 $4,000 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.0 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
1888 Leadership Scholarship Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Academic Index of 128 – 137.99 $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. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. 3 Academic Index of 116 – 127.99 $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. New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Academic Index of 100 – 115.99 $1,000 per academic year. 2.25 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. No application required.
New Mexico Scholars Scholarship New Mexico resident. High school diploma from a NM accredited school, a NM GED, or a NM-HiSET. Under 21 years of age with family income $60K or less. And 25 ACT or Top 5% of high school graduating class. Tuition and fees, and textbook stipend. 3.0 cumulative GPA and pass 12 new credits per semester for a maximum of four academic years. Must submit a FAFSA. Preference given to students admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus and having all required credentials on file by March 1.
NMSU Housing Award Must be admitted to NMSU Las Cruces campus as an incoming first-time student. Must enroll in, and pass, 15 new credit hours per semester. Inquire with Undergraduate Admissions. $4,000 toward the cost of on-campus housing. Awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. Limited number available. Available for one academic year only. No application required.

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

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 listed 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 as an incoming first-time student by March 1. 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, $2,500 stipend per semester 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 as an incoming first-time student by March 1. 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, $1,250 stipend per semester 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 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. No application required.
Crimson Success 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 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. No application required.
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.
NMSU Housing Award Must be admitted to NMSU Las Cruces campus as an incoming first-time student. Must enroll in, and pass, 15 new credit hours per semester. Inquire with Undergraduate Admissions. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $4,000 toward the cost of on-campus housing. Awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. Limited number available. Available for one academic year only. No application required.

Out-of-State Awards

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

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award (amount based on full-time enrollment) Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Out-of-State Competitive Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must enroll in, and attempt, 15 new credit hours per semester. 3.5 GPA and 23 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 26 ACT or 3.5 cumulative college GPA for transfer students. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. $14,500 per academic year. Limited number available. 3.5 cumulative GPA and pass 30 new credits per academic year. Must submit a Scholar Dollar$ application and have all required credentials on file by March 1.
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. $11,850 per academic year 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. $13,975 per academic year 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. $11,850 per academic year 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. $14,500 per academic year 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.

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 listed 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  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 30-90 transferable 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 30-90 transferable 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 30-90 transferable 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 30-90 transferable 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 listed above (a student can qualify for only one scholarship and one award).

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award (amount based on full-time enrollment) Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
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. $11,850 per academic year 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. $13,975 per academic year 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. $11,850 per academic year 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. $14,500 per academic year 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.

Graduate Awards

Enrollment Requirements Eligibility Requirements Annual Award (amount based on full-time enrollment) Renewal Requirements Application Materials Needed
Descubre Graduate Out-of-State Award Admitted to an NMSU-Las Cruces campus graduate program. Mexican citizen on an F or J visa sponsored by NMSU’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services. 150% of In-State Tuition Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. No application required.
135 Mile Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Texas resident, within 135 miles of the NMSU Las Cruces campus. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. 110% of In-State Tuition Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. No application required.
Western Regional Graduate Program Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Must be enrolled in an eligible program and be nominated by the admitting College or Department. 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. In-State Tuition Maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or better and pass 5 or more credit hours per semester. Renewable for a maximum of 6 semester. No application required.
Colorado / Arizona Out-of-State Award Must be admitted to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Colorado and Arizona residents. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. In-State Tuition 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.