College Readiness Information  


To learn more about college admissions, financial aid applications, scholarships and careers click here .


 Careers after college 


Here are average salaries for employees with a bachelor's degree or higher in New Mexico


  • Elementary School Teachers $49,750
  • Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts $64,410
  • Physical Therapists $64,520
  • Registered Nurses $61,830
  • Construction Managers $68,220
  • Industrial Engineers $89,070
  • Pharmacists $101,620


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
Henry Ford

GEAR UP New Mexico  




Central Consolidated School District celebrates GEAR UP Week with an assembly and presenters from the community. GEAR UP Program Coordinator Jerald Bidtah worked with students to make the day special. The Shiprock High School jazz band entertained the crowd, as did the nationally acclaimed JROTC armed drill teams.  
Mora students explore college options by attending the Dreams Workshop with Darrell Andrews at New Mexico Highlands University. Parents and students attend the College Financial Aid parent night at Mora School District provided by Ruben Reyes from New Mexico Education Assistance Foundation (NMEAF).

Jemez Valley students attend UNM Preview Day. Students and parents attend the Financial Aid Night with Joni Beader from NMEAF.  



Peñasco students speak with military personnel about future careers in the armed forces. Dr. Fidel Trujillo, Dean of Students at New Mexico Highlands University, speaks with students about ways to prepare for college.




GEAR UP New Mexico
  students Celebrate National College Application Campaign





Los Lunas seniors taking the time to apply to the college of their choice during college application campaign.



"They Applied!" 


For more information National College Application Campaign please click here.



 Jemez Valley GEAR UP Student of  the Month







Khaila Gachupin is a senior at Jemez Valley High School.  She plans on attending Northern Arizona University next year.  Khaila is interested in studying early childhood education and would like to get a master's degree in the education field.  She would like to eventually teach pre-k in Jemez Valley.  Khaila was president of her sophomore and junior classes.  She is currently president of her newly formed high school student council.  She ran cross country in 9-11th grades, and was the manager during her senior year.  Khaila is also a student mentor for troubled youth in a Jemez Pueblo program called "Rez Riders," which allows students to participate in extreme sports such as rock climbing, snow boarding and whitewater rafting.  Khaila is a dedicated member of her community and at Jemez Valley High School, making her school a great place for students. 
Grants High School GEAR UP Student of  the Month


Grants High School senior Mary Araujo has taken advantage of every GEAR UP opportunity made available to her this school year.

She writes: "As a freshman in high school I didn't really take things as seriously as I should have. I used to ditch class, get in trouble, and go a few rounds with Mrs. Gonzales, my guidance counselor. To say I was a trouble maker is an understatement. By my sophomore year, I was ready to drop out. I didn't care about school. I didn't care about anything. As a junior, I was given opportunities I didn't know about before.

"I learned I could attend dual enrollment classes at NMSU Grants Branch. These classes really gave me an opportunity to learn and grow up. I knew if I continued doing what I was doing, I would not graduate or get into college. I did not want to be forced to be living paycheck to paycheck. I also took part in the Summer Academy held at NMSU-Grants. This helped me stay out of trouble.

"Today as a senior, I have earned 20 college credits. I now have a 4.0 GPA. I have joined Anchors and was accepted into National Honor Society. I have also volunteered at the Good Samaritan Center and worked at the countywide flu vaccination clinic.

"These experiences have helped me pick nursing as the degree I will pursue in college. I couldn't have gotten to where I am now without the help and support at school, from my counselor and the opportunities made available through the GEAR UP program. I want to give back to my community and make Grants a better place to live."









College Horizons, is a six-day "crash course" in preparing for the college application process. Students learn about a variety of colleges and universities and establish personal relationships with college admission representatives as well as college counselors. Approximately 100 students from across the nation work with over 70 college professionals to help students:


* Experience life on a campus - dorms, food and facilities!

* Select 10 suitable colleges to apply to

* Write memorable essays and create a resume

* Complete winning applications using the Common Application

* Create a preliminary FAFSA

* Receive test taking strategies and resources for the ACT & SAT

* Navigate the financial aid and scholarship jungle

* Attend a College Fair and multiple info sessions with over 40 colleges!


Apply: Sign up to receive an application from our website as soon as it's available; applications will be available by October 30, 2013.

Deadline: Completed applications must be postmarked by February 4, 2014. Late applications will be accepted only on a space available basis.

Eligibility: Applicants must be American Indian (enrolled), Alaska Native (proof of status) or Native Hawaiian (proof of heritage); maintain a 3.00 GPA

(in academic courses) and be in 10th or 11th grade in high school.

Application Components: The application consists of the Student Application & Essay, Teacher & Counselor Recommendations and official transcripts.

Cost of Program: Our program fee is $225 which includes tuition, room, meals, program materials, and ground transportation to/from the airport to campus. Airfare from student's home to program site is not included but scholarships and financial aid are available for tuition/travel.

Scholarships: Each year 50% of admitted students are awarded tuition and/or travel assistance to attend our programs based on financial need.

For more information click here.




The 2014 GMS Online Application is Open! Click GMS Application to register and apply. The deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars provide personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.




The New Mexico Credit Union Education Foundation (NMCUEF) scholarship application


Applicants must be New Mexico residents and meet a number of requirements, including grade point average and full-time enrollment. The NMCUEF is a unique scholarship program formed through special legislation that allows credit unions to use abandoned funds for educational or charitable purposes. Since it was established in 1992, the NMCUEF has presented 1,297 scholarships for a total of $840,600 to students attending accredited vocational or technical schools, colleges or universities in New Mexico. The 2014-2015 scholarship application is available at CUANM's website. Applicants do not need to be credit union members, but must be New Mexico residents and meet specified requirements, including full-time enrollment and a 2.8 GPA. Only undergraduate students are eligible, and the scholarship must be used to attend an accredited vocational or technical school, college or university in New Mexico. Completed applications must be submitted to the Credit Union Association of New Mexico and must be postmarked Friday, February 21, 2014. If you have any questions or need further information, contact Amy Vigil at the Association office, (505) 338-4222. Scholarship Criteria Sheet For Applicants.




In 1998, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and its employees, retirees and contractors partnered with the LANL Foundation to create the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund (LAESF). The fund's goal is to provide scholarships that support the students of Northern New Mexico who are pursuing four-year undergraduate degrees in fields that will serve the region. Awards are based on academic performance, leadership potential, critical thinking skills and career goals. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are integral components of the selection process.

To keep up with the growing need for qualified accountants, financial analysts, and business information system professionals within tribal communities, LANL also announced the Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship. This year, one giving option during the LAESF campaign is to designate your gift to the Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship Fund. Application due on January 21, 2014.




Created in memory of BURGER KING co-founder James W. McLamore, the BURGER KING Scholars program has awarded more than 17,000 scholarships-$17.6 million-to high school students, BURGER KING® employees and their children across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Last spring, thanks to the support of the BK® family and the McLamore Family Foundation, the Foundation awarded more than 2000 scholarships, totaling more than $2.2 million, nearly doubling the number of scholarships granted in 2011.
Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.

Scholarships are funded directly by the BURGER KING McLAMORESM Foundation and are made possible thanks to our generous donors, including BK® employees, franchisees, vendors and guests. Our largest annual fundraiser is the Fall Fundraiser in-restaurant promotion. Every dollar raised through this campaign is used to fund scholarships. Each year we inch closer to our goal of granting one $1,000 scholarship for every BK® restaurant in North America.
The application period for the 2014 school year begins on Nov. 15, 2013 and ends on Jan. 10, 2014. Click here to view the scholarship eligibility requirements and apply now.




The Darden Foundation's Recipe for Success® Scholarship Program is available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors and community college transfer students of Hispanic heritage from selected geographical locations. Students must be enrolled full-time during the 2014-2015 academic year. Awards are in the amount of $2,500. The deadline is January 20, 2014.  

Through the Recipe for Success initiative, the Darden Foundation aims to create opportunity for low-income students by empowering them with the tools and resources needed to graduate from high school and pursue a college or technical school education. The Darden Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc., the world's largest full-service restaurant company. The Darden Foundation's mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden's family of restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House. For more information click here.












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