For Immediate Release
October 10, 2016

Contact: Erika Davila: 505-820-6860 x 15,
Linda Milbourn: 505-820-6860 x 12,

New Mexico Community Foundation awards more than $120,000 in college scholarships


Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) is pleased to announce it has awarded $123,250 in college scholarships this fall to students from across the state.

The scholarships were awarded through four of the foundation’s Donor Advised Scholarship Funds. The foundation’s largest scholarship, the First American Bank Scholarship, is a four-year award that benefits graduates of Chaparral High School in Chaparral, N.M — about 40 miles from Las Cruces. The scholarship was established in 2012 by an anonymous donor with the mission of helping graduates from the small, rural school realize their educational goals and dreams.

Each year, 20 graduates from the high school are selected as recipients and if they meet the criteria, they are eligible to receive up to $3,000 each semester, for up to four years of college. This fall, 46 First American Bank scholars received a total of $113,000 to attend colleges in New Mexico and across the country. Of the 46 recipients, 42 attend either New Mexico State University or the University of New Mexico.

Since the scholarship’s inception, NMCF has awarded approximately $587,000 through the fund to graduates of Chaparral High School.

NMCF also awarded $10,250 this fall through the following three scholarships:

  • The Jonathan Sherman Spradling Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship is named after a graduate of Artesia High School who was 23 years old at the time of his death. It is awarded to students who attend Belen, Artesia, Los Lunas or Valencia high schools. This fall, three, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to graduates of those high schools.
  • Aldo Leopold Charter School Ella, Michael and Ella Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship was established in honor of three students who attended the Aldo Leopold Charter School in Silver City, N.M, and lost their lives in an accident in 2014. It is awarded to a graduate of the charter school. This fall, one, $2,000 scholarship was awarded.
  • Artesia Special Hospital District Scholarship
    This scholarship was established to help adults working at the Artesia General Hospital in Artesia, N.M., further their education. This fall, $5,250 was awarded to seven recipients.