There are many opportunities for new students — over 71 million dollars in scholarships awarded in the 2020-2021 year at the University of New Mexico, with thousands of new students receiving an award. Scholarships are merit-based and awards are competitive.

Freshmen Resident

 

Freshman New Mexico Resident Scholarships

If you've worked hard at your high school, you'll be glad to know the University of New Mexico is paying attention -and awarding millions of dollars each year in merit-based scholarships. There are literally hundreds of different opportunities available. And in most cases, there is no ACT or SAT score required for consideration.

New Mexico Resident Scholarships 2021-2022

TOP SCHOLARSHIPSThe tuition portion of the following awards are funded in part by the Legislative Lottery Scholarship.
ScholarshipApplication DatesAmount
Criteria For Consideration 

Maintaining Your Scholarship

GPA is unweighted. Also, see the Policies and Procedures for scholarships.

Regents Scholarship

 

Complete Admissions Application and Scholarship Application by December 1

 

(application date for the 2021/2022 freshman class has passed)

 

Approximately $19,854 per year . — covers full tuition, fees, and housing.
Renewable for 4 years

Approximately 12 new scholarships available annually

Minimum 3.90 Cumulative GPA

Freshman Regents Scholars:

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters) AND live in the Scholars Wing in Hokona Hall.



Sophomore And Above:

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).
 

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Admitted to UNM by
February 1

Approximately $19,854 per year — covers full tuition, fees, and housing. Renewable for up to 4 years.
National Merit Finalist

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).
 

Presidential Scholarship

 

Complete Admissions Application and Scholarship Application by December 1

 

(application date for the 2021/2022 freshman class has passed)

Approximately $9,808 per year

Renewable for 4 years

Approximately 75 new scholarships available annually

Minimum 3.75 Cumulative GPA

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters) AND submit sponsor thank you letter by December 1 each year.
National
African American
Scholars
Admitted to UNM by
February 1

Approximately $11,000 per year

Renewable for 4 years

National African American Scholars

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

National
American Indian
Scholars
Admitted to UNM by
February 1

Approximately $11,000 per year

Renewable for 4 years

 
National American Indian Scholars

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

National Hispanic
Scholars

Admitted to UNM by
February 1

Approximately $11,000 per year

Renewable for 4 years

 

National Hispanic Scholars

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

State Funded ScholarshipStudents 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.
ScholarshipApplication DatesAmountCriteria for ConsiderationMaintaining Your Scholarship

None

Approximately $3,444.06 per semester beginning second semester, subject to legislative approval each year

Renewable for 7 consecutive semesters

At least 15 credit hours and 2.5 Cumulative GPA during first college semester

NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient

Must earn 15 new credit hours each semester (repeated classes do not count toward credit hours earned) AND maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

If a student drops below the full-time (15 credit hours) status at any time throughout the semester, the scholarship will be canceled for that specific semester and the student will be responsible for all incurred charges.
Institutional ScholarshipsNew Mexico residents may also qualify— in addition to the following awards—for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship beginning their second semester of enrollment. Requirements are: Complete a minimum of 15 new credit hours for the first semester AND earn at least a 2.5 GPA at the end of the first semester.
ScholarshipApplication DatesAmountCriteria for ConsiderationMaintaining Your Scholarship

Woodward Scholars

Apply by December 1, 2020

(application date for the 2021/2022 freshman class has passed)

$4,000 per year

Renewable for 4 years

 

4.0 Cumulative GPA

NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

UNM Scholars

Apply by December 1, 2020

(application date for the 2021/2022 freshman class has passed)

$3,000 per year
Renewable for 4 years

 

3.85 – 3.99 Cumulative GPA

NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

UNM Achievers

Apply by December 1, 2020

(admission date for early applicant funding for the 2021/2022 freshman class has passed)

$2,000 per year
Renewable for 4 years

3.60 – 3.84 Cumulative GPA

NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient
Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

UNM Lobo Leaders

Apply by February 1, 2021

$2,000 per year

Renewable for 4 years

3.85 - 4.00 Cumulative GPA

NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

UNM Lobo Pride

Apply by February 1, 2021

$1,500 for the first semester of the freshman year

3.60 - 3.84 Cumulative GPA

NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient

Not renewable.

Bridge to Success

Apply by
April 15, 2021

$1,000 for the first semester of the freshman year

3.30 + above Cumulative GPA

NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient

Not renewable.

Success Grant

Apply for admission AND submit federal student aid application (FAFSA) by
April 15, 2021

$1,000 for the first semester of the freshman year

2.50 – 3.29 Cumulative GPA
NM High School Graduate or NM GED recipient.

Priority given to eligible
applicants with financial need.

Not renewable.

Apply for admission and complete the FAFSA by
May 1

100% base tuition and fees covered — valued at up to $8,863.

One-year award during freshman year. Covers remaining costs after other grant/scholarship aid is applied

Graduated from a New Mexico high school and have an annual family income of $50,000 or less

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Freshmen Non-Resident

 

Freshmen Non-Resident Scholarships

If you've worked hard at your high school, you'll be glad to know the University of New Mexico is paying attention - and paying millions of dollars each year in merit-based scholarships. There are literally hundreds of different opportunities available. And in most cases, there is no ACT or SAT score required for consideration.Come to New Mexico!

Non-Resident Scholarships 2021-2022

ScholarshipApplication DatesAmount
Criteria For Consideration

Maintaining Your Scholarship

https: must follow the Policies and Procedures on all scholarships.

Regents Scholarship

Complete Admissions Application and Scholarship Application by December 1

(application date for the 2021/2022 freshman class has passed)

Approximately $19,854 per year — covers full tuition, fees, and housing.


Renewable for 4 years
Minimum 3.90 Cumulative GPA

Freshmen Regents Scholars:
Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters) AND live in the Scholars Wing in Hokona Hall.

Sophomore and above:
Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Admitted to UNM by
February 1

Approximately $19,854 per year — covers full tuition, fees, and housing.

Renewable for up to 4 years.

National Merit Finalist

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.3 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Amigo

For best consideration: Admitted to UNM by
April 1 for Fall semester, October 1 for Spring semester

Approximate value of $15,500 per year

Plus a $200/year stipend ($100/semester)

Renewable for 4 years

23 ACT (1130 SAT) and 3.5 Cumulative GPA or 26 ACT (1230 SAT) and 3.0 Cumulative GPA

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Colorado Reciprocal

Best consideration: Admitted to UNM by April 1 for Fall semester, October 1 for Spring semester

Recipient pays New Mexico resident tuition rates (valued at approximately $15,500/year).
Renewable for 4 years

A limited number of tuition waivers are available. Recipients will be awarded through a selective process.

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Best consideration: Admitted to UNM by June 15 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester.
Eligible candidates are residents of AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, SD, OR, UT, WA, WY; must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

WUE recipients pay 1.5 times the resident rate. WUE Plus recipients pay New Mexico resident tuition rate. 
WUE valued at approximately $12,200. WUE Plus valued at approximately $15,500. Renewable for 4 years.

WUE:
2.8 Cumulative GPA
OR 18 ACT (960 SAT)

WUE Plus:
3.0 Cumulative GPA
OR 20 ACT (1030 SAT)

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Best consideration: Admitted to UNM by June 15 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester.
Eligible candidates are residents of states not included in the WUE region.

 

LUE recipients pay 1.5 times the resident rate. LUE Plus recipients pay New Mexico resident tuition rate. 
LUE valued at approximately $12,200. LUE Plus valued at approximately $15,500. Renewable for 4 years.

LUE:
2.8 Cumulative GPA
OR 18 ACT (960 SAT)

LUE Plus:
3.0 Cumulative GPA
OR 20 ACT (1030 SAT)

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Military & Veteran
Scholarships and
Tuition Waivers

 

Determined by respective scholarship or tuition waiver program.

Please visit the UNM Veteran’s Resource Center website for information about scholarships and tuition waivers for military members, veterans and dependents. http://vrc.unm.edu

Requirements to retain your scholarship or tuition waiver vary and are determined by the program. See program information for details.

Transfer Scholarships

 

Transfer Scholarships

You Can Make This Happen, And UNM Can Help!        

You've already done a great thing: you've begun your higher education, and now you are ready to make the transfer to UNM. The University of New Mexico offers several different scholarship programs for transfer https:. No matter where you transfer from, we have scholarship opportunities for you.

New Mexico Resident Scholarships 2021-2022

Scholarship 
Application
Dates
AmountCriteria For ConsiderationMaintaining Your Scholarship

UNM Transfer
Scholarship

Apply to UNM by May 1 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester

Approximately $2,000 per year
$1,000 per semester

Renewable for 4 consecutive semesters.

1. A combined cumulative transfer college grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
2. At least 30 hours of credited transfer hours.
3. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) or NM State Aid Form.
4. Must be a New Mexico resident.

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

UNM Branch Campus Transfer
Scholarship
Apply to UNM by May 1 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester

Approximately $2,000 per year
$1000 per semester

Renewable for 4 consecutive semesters.

1. A combined cumulative transfer college grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
2. At least 45 hours of credited transfer hours completed at UNM Branch Campuses (Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, Valencia.)
3. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) or NM State Aid Form.
4. Must be a New Mexico resident.

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).
 
CNM Transfer
Scholarship
Apply to UNM by May 1 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester

Approximately $2,000 per year
$1,000 per semester

Renewable for 4 consecutive semesters.
1. A combined cumulative transfer college grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
2. At least 45 hours of credited transfer hours completed at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).
3. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) or NM State Aid Form.
4. Must be a New Mexico resident.
Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

NM Scholarship Transfer Transcript 

The Financial Aid Office must receive Fall NMSTT's by end of the 3rd week of the Fall Semester; Spring NMSTT's by end of the 3rd week of the Spring Semester

 

Approximately $3,444.06/semester and renewable for up to 7 consecutive semesters in attendance at all New Mexico accredited schools

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

If a student is a current recipient of the NM Legislative Lottery Success Scholarship at another accredited NM Institution, you may transfer your NM Legislative Lottery Success Scholarship with you to the University of New Mexico.

Must earn 15 new credit hours each semester (repeated classes do not count toward credit hours earned) AND maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

If a student drops below the full-time (15 credit hours) status at any time throughout the semester, the scholarship will be canceled for that specific semester and the student will be responsible for all incurred charges.
Phi Theta Kappa – All-State Academic Team
Apply to UNM by March 1 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester
$1250/semester for up to 4 consecutive semesters (not including summer semester)Selected for PTK All-State Academic Team and apply to UNM by the deadline dates

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 3.0 GPA each semester (fall and spring)

Non-Resident Scholarships 2021-2022

ScholarshipApplication DatesAmount
Criteria For Consideration
Maintaining Your Scholarship

Amigo Transfer
Scholarship

Best consideration: Admitted to UNM by May 1 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester

Approximate value of $15,500 per year
Plus a $200/year stipend ($100/semester)

Renewable for 2 years

1. A combined transfer college grade point average of 3.5 or higher

-OR-

1. A combined cumulative transfer college grade point average of 3.25 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and
2. At least 30 hours of credited transfer hours.
3. Meet the High School criteria for the Amigo Scholarship.

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Colorado Reciprocal

Best consideration: Admitted to UNM by April 1 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester

Residents of Colorado

Recipient pays New Mexico resident tuition rates (valued at approximately $15,500/year).
Renewable for 2 years

A limited number of tuition waivers are available. Recipients will be awarded through a selective process.

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Best consideration: Admitted to UNM by June 15 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester.
Eligible candidates are residents of AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, SD, OR, UT, WA, WY; must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

WUE recipients pay 1.5 times the resident rate. WUE Plus recipients pay New Mexico resident tuition rate. 
WUE valued at approximately $12,200. WUE Plus valued at approximately $15,500.

Renewable for 2 years.

A limited number of tuition waivers are available.

WUE:
2.8 cumulative college GPA and at least 30 credit hours

WUE Plus:
3.0 cumulative college GPA and at least 30 credit hours

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

Best consideration: Admitted to UNM by June 15 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester.

Eligible candidates are residents of states not included in the WUE region.

LUE recipients pay 1.5 times the resident rate. LUE Plus recipients pay New Mexico resident tuition rate. 
LUE valued at approximately $12,200. LUE Plus valued at approximately $15,500.

Renewable for 2 years.

A limited number of tuition waivers are available.

LUE:
2.8 cumulative college GPA and at least 30 credit hours

LUE Plus:
3.0 cumulative college GPA and at least 30 credit hours

Complete 15 new credit hours with a 2.5 GPA each semester (fall and spring semesters).

General Scholarships

 

General Scholarships

The University of New Mexico administers a large and diverse collection of endowed scholarships providing assistance to Main campus undergraduate https: each year.  These scholarships are designed to reward, encourage and assist https: in pursuing academic excellence and leadership roles. We pay attention to your hard work and dedication to achieving your educational goals.

There are so many opportunities waiting for you...


Selection Process

There is no application to apply for General Scholarships. Each year the selection process is completed using data gathered from the admissions file, registrar records and information submitted on the FAFSA. The scholarship committee reviews qualified applicants based on financial need, academic merit, and other criteria relevant to the particular endowment.  The selection process is extremely competitive as all continuing Main campus https: are considered in the pool every year. 

Once the awarding process is complete, https: are notified via email during the spring semester if they are a scholarship recipient for the upcoming academic year.  General Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis for the fall and spring semesters averaging between $200 to $1,000 per year ($100 to $500 per semester).  Awards are not made for the summer sessions.  All General Scholarship awards are offered for one academic year and cannot be deferred or automatically renewed. 

We encourage all https: to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 3 in order to maximize consideration for all federal, state, and institutional funds they may be eligible to receive.

The following is a list of scholarships that are awarded. (Please note: Applications are not available for these scholarships. Recipients are selected by the UNM Scholarships Office using the process stated above.)


Eligibility

To be considered for endowed scholarships https: must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a continuing undergraduate student at the UNM Main campus
  • Have a cumulative total of at least 12 UNM Main campus credits earned by the end of the fall semester
  • Have a highly competitive cumulative UNM GPA.
  • Accept the scholarship via Loboweb  ( instructions)
  • Submit a scholarship Thank You letter ( instructions)
  • Enroll in, and earn, 12 credits each semester at the UNM Main campus for the upcoming academic year

The following is a list of scholarships that are awarded. (Please note: Applications are not available for these scholarships. Recipients are selected by the UNM Scholarships Office using the process stated above.)

 

  Frank H. Allen, III Memorial — Amount Varies

  • Graduate of Valley High School (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Academic achievement
  • Letters of recommendation demonstrating intellectual curiosity, physical vigor, leadership, and moral courage
  • Full-time student

Arab Women’s Scholarship — Amount Varies

  • Arab https:
  • Contact the Scholarship Office

Ballut Abyad — Amount Varies

  • Junior or senior (graduates may be considered if previously received)
  • Financial need
  • Satisfactory academic progress

Bader/Nelson — Amount Varies    

  • New Mexico resident
  • Full-time undergraduate
  • Satisfactory academic progress

Louise Bell — Amount Varies    

  • General criteria
  • Contact the Scholarship Office

Philo Bennett — Amount Varies    

  • Freshman woman
  • Spring only
  • New Mexico resident

Downer-Bennett — Amount Varies    

  • Non-traditional https:
  • Single parent

L. Beverly Damron — Amount Varies    

  • Member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • High GPA
  • Contact the Student Activities Office

Predicanda DeGeer Scholarship — Amount Varies    

  • Financial need
  • Full-time student
  • First preference to native New Mexican https: of Hispanic descent

James Doolittle — Amount Varies

  • Financial need
  • Incoming freshman
  • High scholastic average

Marguerite M. Drum Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Native American https: — Amount Varies

  • Student must be Native American
  • Must be enrolled full-time as either a graduate or undergraduate
  • GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Preference to https: enrolled in a Native American Studies program or a degree program with a concentration in Native American Studies

Filipino-American Scholarship — Amount Varies    

  • Active (paid) member of Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico
  • Full time undergraduate student at UNM Main Campus
  • Must have competitive cumulative UNM GPA
  • For more information, please visit: http://pinoy-newmexico.com/scholarship/

Bobby Foster — Amount Varies    

  • Financial need
  • Part-time or full-time
  • Juniors and seniors
  • 2.0 GPA minimum
  • Minorities

Education Trust Board Pathways — Amount Varies    

  • First Time Freshman
  • New Mexico high school graduate from any public or private high school
  • 3.5 GPA minimum
  • Financial Need

Edward Grisso — Amount Varies    

  • Junior
  • Male
  • Improvement in grades during sophomore year

Robert Hammond Scholarship Fund — Amount Varies    

  • Contact the District Court of the Tenth Judicial District, State of New Mexico

Lena Heath — Amount Varies    

  • Satisfactory academic progress
  • Junior or senior

C.L. Herrick — Amount Varies    

  • Academic ability
  • Financial need

Bertha B. Hollis — Amount Varies    

  • American Indian
  • Contact the Scholarship Office

Louise E. Johnson — Amount Varies    

  • American Indian or African American
  • Contact the Scholarship Office

Frederick/Christine Kent — Amount Varies    

  • Freshmen
  • Spring only
  • New Mexico resident
  • Financial need
  • High school grades, recommendations from principal or counselor

James M. & Luella Key Endowed Scholarship — Amount Varies    

  • Scholarship for https: thereof engaged in courses qualifying them to pursue a gainful occupation (nursing, teaching, engineering, etc.)
  • Financial need
  • Aptitude
  • Grades
Louis McRae — Amount Varies    
  • Freshman
  • New Mexico resident
Esther D. Morin Scholarship — Amount Varies    
  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be Native American women, preferably Navajo

Clyde Oden — Amount Varies    

  • Financial need and/or academic ability

Blase Padilla — Amount Varies    

  • Financial need
  • Satisfactory academic progress

Manuel Pino — Amount Varies    

  • Hispanic
  • Contact the Scholarship Office

L.B. Reeder — Amount Varies    

  • Deserving https: with financial need

Austin Roberts — Amount Varies    

  • General
  • Academic ability
  • Financial need
  • San Juan County, NM

Kathleen Rogers — Amount Varies    

  • Graduate and undergraduate
  • Satisfactory academic progress

Manuel F. Saenz Jr. Memorial Scholarship — Amount Varies    

  • Native American ancestry; preferably Navajo
  • Involvement in athletics
  • Full or part-time enrollment

Rita G. Sanchez — Amount Varies

  • New Mexico resident
  • Preference given to Hispanic student
  • Undergraduate
  • Full-time student
  • Academic ability
  • Financial need

Carrie Schaeffer — Amount Varies    

  • African American
  • Academic merit

Harrison Schmitt — Amount Varies    

  • New Mexico high school graduate
  • Freshman
  • Financial need/academic ability

John Schneid — Amount Varies    

  • Full time
  • American Indian https:
  • General criteria

Raymond Shoemaker — Amount Varies    

  • Single parents
  • U.S. citizen
  • NM resident
  • Financial need

Doris and Thornton Seligman Memorial Scholarship — Amount Varies    

  • Undergraduate
  • New Mexico resident
  • Academic ability

Dr. Dan Trigg — Amount Varies    

  • Academic ability
  • NM resident

Glen T. Simpson — Amount Varies    

  • American Indian student
  • Senior
  • Academic achievement and financial need

Ralph M. Watrous — Amount Varies    

  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate Native American woman
  • First preference will be given to Native American women who have attended New Mexico high schools
  • Proof of enrolled tribal membership and residence of New Mexico shall be provided by the recipient

Lawrence White — Amount Varies    

  • Satisfactory academic progress
  • New Mexico resident
  • Financial need

International Scholarships

Tribal Scholarships

 

Your Hard Work Pays Off

At the University of New Mexico there are opportunities designed specifically for you. We invite you to explore Tribal Scholarship possibilities at UNM.

Tribal Scholarships 2020-2021

ScholarshipAmountAcademic Criteria For Consideration

Tribal Scholarships

As determined by respective tribal scholarship office.

Complete the free application for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

The following documents will be required from most tribal scholarship offices:
1.Tribal Higher Education Application
2.Tribal Financial Need Analysis (FNA) completed and submitted by student to the UNM Financial Aid Office
3.Academic Transcripts
4.Letter of Admission for new https:. Majority of tribes request an official copy, check with your respective tribal higher education office for specific guidelines
5.Certificate of Indian Blood
6.Verification of Enrollment for continuing https:

Tribal Waiver

Recipient pays New Mexico resident tuition rates (valued at approximately $15,360/year).

A member of an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that is located wholly or partially in New Mexico, regardless of the residence of the member prior to acceptance, is charged at resident rates. Evidence of membership (such as a CIB or other acceptable official tribal/pueblo membership documents) must be presented no later than the third Friday of the term.

For more information please visit the American Indian Student Services Scholarships site.