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Private Scholarship Opportunities

NMSU students often qualify for private or external scholarships based on various criteria, including need, academic performance, interests, and background. Below we have organized some private scholarships by their deadline that we believe students would be interested in.  Please keep in mind, these awards are funded by public and private organizations and not NMSU. 

Be Cautious When Applying for Outside Scholarships

Always take precaution when applying for any external scholarships by following these simple tips:

  • Never provide personal financial or bank information.
  • Do not pay for information or to receive the scholarship. You should never have to give money to any organization.
  • Use precaution on websites with consistent pop-ups and advertisements.
  • Set up anti-virus software or ad-blocker browsers to ensure online browsing security.
  • Be wary of sites that ask for personal contact information, and not your school credentials. These sites tend to spam you with advertisements.

Financial Aid does review all scholarships before posting, but still encourages students to always be cautious with online scholarship applications.

Scholarship  Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
The Chairish “Design Your Future” Scholarship $2,500 Jan. 1 High School Senior, Undergraduate or Graduate Students All majors but preference is given to Design and Engineering-related fields.
The Ron Brown Scholar Program $10,000 (annually for 4 years) Jan. 9 High School Seniors All majors.
Gates Millennium Unmet Need Jan. 13 College Freshmen Computer Science, Education, Library Science, Math, Public Health or Science
Future Nurse Scholarship $2,000 Jan. 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Nursing
Gates Millennium Unmet Need Jan. 13 Graduate Students Computer Science, Education, Library Science, Math, Public Health or Science
Point Foundation Scholarship Varies Jan. 27 High School Senior, Undergraduate or Graduate Students All majors
Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship $1,000-$10,000 Jan. 30 Undergraduate and Graduate Students Accounting, business administration, finance, and criminal justice.
Scholarship  Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Jackie Robinson Foundation $30,000 Feb. 1 High School Seniors All majors.
Lounge Lizard Web Design Scholarship $1,000 Feb. 13 Undergraduate and Graduate Students All majors.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund $500-5,000 Feb. 14 High School Seniors, Undergraduates, Graduates, and DACA students All majors- for students of Hispanic heritage.
Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships Varies Feb. 18 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Public Administration, Governmental Accounting, Finance, Political Science, Economics, Business Administration or related field
Minorities in Government Finance $10,000 Feb. 18 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Public Administration, Governmental Accounting, Finance, Political Science, Economics, Business Administration
Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting $10,000 Feb. 20 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Finance, Public Administration, Finance, Business Administration, or related field
eLearners Military Scholarship Essay Contest $1,000 Feb. 28 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Horticulture Scholarship of the Western Reserve Herb Society $7,500 Feb. 28 Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors Horticulture, Plants, Agriculture, Environmental studies, or allied majors.
Scholarship Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
American Chemical Society Scholars Program Up to $5,000 March 1 High School, Undergraduate, & Graduate Students Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a chemically-related science or technology.
Choctaw Nation Higher Education Program (Spring) $400 – $1,000 March 1 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Nicholas A. Pennipede Memorial Scholarship $1,000 March 15 High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and Graduate Students Optometry or Optemetist studies within 6 six months of application.
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship Up to $5,000 March 15 Undergraduate Sophomores & Juniors All majors but with a focus on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.
AFSCME / UNCF / Harvard University LWP Union $5,000 March 15 Undergraduate Sophomores & Juniors American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Labor Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Women’s Studies.
Islamic Scholarship Fund Varies March 21 Undergraduate junior or senior & Graduate Students Film, Theater, Media, Journalism, Humanities, Political Sciences, Liberal Arts or Law.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Build U. (Spring) $2,500 April 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Product Design, Interaction Design, UX Design, Engineering, or Computer Science
BHW Group Women in STEM Scholarship $3,000 April 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Science, Technology, Engineering, Math STEM.
Citizenship Tests Engineering and Science Scholarships $1,000 April 30 Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors Engineering and Science
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Army Emergency Relief Scholarships (Summer Semester) Varies May 1 Undergraduate Students All majors.
Byron Hanke Fellowship $2,000 -$5,000 May 1 Graduate, Graduate DACA, Graduate International Students Any relevant studies to common interest communities and community associations.
Technolabs Visual Art Scholarship $5,000 May 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Global Healing Center $1,250 May 17 Undergraduate,  Graduate, DACA Students, International Students. All majors, but preference to those focused on Health.
Full Circle Scholarship Programs Varies Mary 31 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
New York Computer Rental Scholarship $2,000 May 31 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Scholarship for Women Students $1,500 June 4 Undergraduate Students All majors.
Andrew Piech Memorial $500 -$1,000 June 7 Undergraduate Students Automotive or Technical Vocational Career
The Pam Schneider Memorial Scholarship Up to $1,500 June 7 Undergraduate Students Graphic design, Fine art, Photography, or Illustration while maintaining a career focus in advertising or public relations. Also includes Business or Journalism with a focus in marketing and advertising.
Women in Aerospace Foundation, Inc. Scholarship $2,000 June 19 Undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, DACA Students, International Students Engineering, Math, or Science, Interested in pursuing a career in the aerospace field
Office of Navajo Nation for Fall Semester Varies June 25 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
The Chairish Design Your Future Scholarship $2,500 June 30 High School Seniors Undergraduate, Graduate Design and Engineering related fields.
Action Behavior Centers ABA Therapy Scholarship $1,000 June 30 Undergraduate Students Field related to research on autism spectrum disorder or clinical therapy positions (psychology, applied behavior analysis, education, or a variety of natural or applied sciences)
Supporting STEM Scholarship $1,000 June 30 High School Seniors Undergraduate, Graduate Science, Technology, Engineering, or mathematics or STEM-related fields.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Scholarship $1,000 July 1 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Science, Math, Engineering, Technology
Softinventive Lab scholarship  $1,000 July 1 High School Seniors or 1st-year Undergraduates Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Technology.
Walmart Foundation Dependent $1,625 July 9 High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Bowen Web Design Scholarship $1,500 July 15 High School Seniors, Undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, DACA Students, International Students. Web Design or Web Development
American Indian Graduate Center Varies July 15 High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Creative Safety Supply Scholarship $1,000 July 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Bamboo HR Scholarship $5,000 July 19 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Deputy Scholarship for Women in Technology $1,000 July 31 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Computer Science, Technology, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Software Engineering Cyber Security, Multimedia Computing, and Other technology majors and minors may be considered upon review by the selection committee.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Future Nurse Scholarship $2,000 Aug. 1 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Nursing
Global Healing Center $1,250 Aug. 2 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Law Enforcement Family Member Scholarship $1,000 August 31 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Bellhops’ Moving Forward Scholarship $3,000 Sept. 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Nicholas A. Pennipede Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Sept. 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Optometry or Optometrist studies within 6 six months of application.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Choctaw Nation Higher Education Program (Fall) $1,000 Oct. 1 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Lounge Lizard Web Design Scholarship $1,000 Oct. 3 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors with an interest in art, web, or graphic design.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Build U. (Fall) $2,500 Nov. 1 Undergraduate & Graduate Students Product Design, Interaction Design, UX Design, Engineering, or Computer Science.
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship $2,500 Nov.1 High School Seniors All majors.
Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholar Awards $15,000 Nov. 20 Graduate Students All majors.
Office of Navajo Nation for Spring & Winter Semesters Varies Nov. 25 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship $20,000 Nov. 30 Graduate Students Science, Technology, Engineering, or mathematics or STEM-related fields.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
ASSE Foundation Varies Dec. 1 Undergraduate, Graduate, & International students Occupational safety, health, and environment-related majors
Google Lime Scholarship Program $10,000 Dec. 9 Undergraduate, Graduate, International, and DACA Students Students with disabilities who are pursuing a degree in computer science or a closely related technical field. No citizenship requirements.
Annual CG Trader Scholarship $2,000 Dec. 14 High School Seniors, Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Creative Safety Supply Scholarship $1,000 Dec. 15 Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
Career One Stop Database and career resources guide for various scholarships.
Finaid Database and financial aid resource guide for various scholarships.
Fastweb Database for various scholarships.
Army Scholarships  Varies Various High school and undergraduate students. All majors.
ROTC Program Scholarships Varies Various Undergraduate and Graduate students. All majors – participant in NMSU ROTC program.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest $500 -$5,000 Various Undergraduate, Graduate,  International, DACA students. All majors.
Workers’ Compensation Association of NM Toby Wright Varies Various Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
Walmart Associate Scholarship $2,000 Various High School Seniors and Undergraduate Students All majors.
Navajo Agricultural Products Industry Scholars Program $2,500 Various Undergraduate Students Business, IT, Engineering, Agriculture or related fields.
Asian Pacific Fund $1,000- $5,000 Various High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
United Negro College Funds Varies Various Undergraduate, Graduate & International Students All majors-UNCF members.
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities Scholarships $500 -$5,000 Various Undergraduate, Graduate, and DACA students. All majors.
Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance $500 -$5,000 Various Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships Varies Various High School, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Community College Transfer Students All majors.
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Varies Due Date Assigned Undergraduate & Graduate Students All majors – specifically for women in continuing education.
National CPR Foundation Healthcare and Education Scholarship $1,000 Various Undergraduate & Graduate Students Health-Care or Education Related
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Varies Various Undergraduate Students All majors.
MENSA Education and Research Foundation Varies Various Undergraduate, Graduate, and International Students All majors.
Albuquerque Foundation Scholarships for College Students Varies Various Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students All majors.
Albuquerque Foundation Scholarships for High School Students Varies Various High School Seniors All majors.
Army Emergency Relief Scholarships Varies Various Undergraduate Students All majors.
Scholarships Amount Deadline Education Status/Level Field of Study
EduPASS Database and resource guide for international students.
Unigo Small scholarship database for DACA students.
DREAMer’s Roadmap Mobile App Database and resource guide for DACA students.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund $500-$5,000 Feb. 14 High School Seniors, Undergraduates, Graduates, and DACA students All majors- for students of Hispanic heritage.
Global Healing Center $1,250 May 17 Undergraduate, Graduate, DACA Students, International Students All majors but preference given to careers involving health.
Bowen Web Design Scholarship $1,500 July 15 High School Seniors, Undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, DACA Students, International Students. Web Design or Web Development
Women in Aerospace Foundation, Inc. Scholarship $2,000 June 19 Undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, DACA Students, International Students Engineering, Math, or Science, Interested in pursing a career in the aerospace field
ASSE Foundation Varies Dec. 1 Undergraduate, Graduate & International Students Occupations safety and health careers.
Google Lime Scholarship Program $10,000 Dec. 9 Undergraduate, Graduate, International, and DACA Students Students with disabilities who are pursuing a degree in computer science or a closely related technical field. No citizenship requirements.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest $500 -$5,000 Various Undergraduate, Graduate, International, and DACA Students All majors.
MENSA Education and Research Foundation Varies Various Undergraduate, Graduate & International Students All majors.

Scholarships may have multiple opportunities to submit each year.
Scholarships may have various deadlines due to the multiple scholarships listed.