College Readiness Information  


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


Spring To-Do List for High School Juniors

  • Prepare a challenging schedule for senior year.
  • Meet with your counselor to determine what classes you'll take next year and to make sure you're on track for graduation. When you pick your classes, don't load up on easy electives. Colleges do consider your senior year courses and grades, so stick with a schedule that challenges you.
  • Start a scholarship search. There are lots of scholarships out there; you just need to spend a little bit of time and effort to find them. Check with your guidance office for scholarships from local organizations and use online scholarship search tools to find a wider range of options. The sooner you start looking for scholarships, the easier it will be to select some to apply to during your senior year.
  • Contact your recommendation writers.
  • Teachers and guidance counselors are often asked to write recommendations for lots of students. Consider whom you want to ask now and let them know so they'll have time to prepare before getting tons of requests in the fall. Ask teachers who know you well and who will have positive things to say. Letters of recommendation from a coach, activity leader, or adult who knows you well outside of school are also valuable.



GEAR UP New Mexico  




Jemez Valley High School dual credit class took an awesome field trip to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) main campus.  


NMHED's Website Goes Live  

 The New Mexico Higher Education Department's (NMHED) website is now live. Please visit to access information about NMHED.  GEAR UP New Mexico's webpage can be accessed through the NMHED's website. Our intent is for students, parents, school district and GEAR UP NM staff to find useful information on these pages that will connect them to college access programs and special events.


We hope you use the new site and encourage others to visit it as well. Click here to visit GEAR UP NM's website.  



Mora High School GEAR UP Student of  the Month






Angelica Aragon, a senior at Mora High School, has been chosen as the GEAR UP New Mexico student of the month for January. Angelica is the daughter of Frank and Cindy Aragon of Mora.

Angelica has been active in Girls State, National Honor Society, Class President, Student Council President, Career Association (Vice President), Peer Educators, Prom Committee, New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement  (Secretary, Vice President), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Business Professionals of America (Vice President, Treasurer) and she volunteers at the local fire department and at homeless shelters.

Scholastically, she has a 4.0 grade point average, and was awarded an Outstanding Citizen Medal from Mora County Commissioners, placed first at Business Professionals of America State Competition in 2011 and 2013 (Fundamental Accounting and Computerized Accounting).  She placed second at Business Professionals of America State Competition in Banking & Finance and qualified for Business Professionals of America National Competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013.Upon graduation Angelica plans to earn barchlor's degree in science and technology from New Mexico Tech.




College Horizons  




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.





 Del Norte Credit Union Scholarship


Applications for the 2014-2015 Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) Scholarship are now being accepted through March 15, 2014.


General Scholarship Information
Del Norte Credit Union has established a scholarship program to assist credit union members who are high school seniors and plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
* Be a member of Del Norte Credit Union prior to the application deadline.
* Be a high school senior.
* Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire academic year.
* Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one-time award of $1,000. Up to seven (7) awards will be granted.



Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Submitted essays are not part of the selection process. Financial need is not considered. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Del Norte Credit Union play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final. Only recipients will be notified in late April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Click here to apply.  






The New Mexico Credit Union Education Foundation (NMCUEF) Scholarship


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.




New Mexico students, here is your opportunity to apply for a 2014-2015 education scholarship through the New Mexico Credit Union Education Foundation. Applicants must be New Mexico residents and meet requirements, including full-time enrollment.



  • Applicants must be New Mexico residents (State residency requirement is one year).
  • Graduating high school seniors must have a 2.8 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Undergraduate students must have a 2.8 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Only undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Undergraduate students must currently be enrolled as a full-time student (no fewer than 12 credit hours).
  • Must submit a copy of a recent transcript (does not have to be an official copy).
  • Applicants must provide at least one letter of recommendation.
  • Applicants must use the scholarship to attend an accredited vocational, technical school, college or university in New Mexico.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application (Note: There are two pages to be completed for scholarship application to be eligible), which must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 21, 2014, for consideration for the 2014-2015 academic year. Scholarship recipients will be notified within 60 days of the deadline.
  • This is a one-time scholarship. Persons who wish to receive additional scholarships must re-apply each year. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of funds available and the applicant's eligibility. Click here for the application.




Zia Credit Union's Education Foundation was originally conceived in 1999 with the goal of raising funds to make Educational Scholarships available to our members. Since that time, we have presented over $174,000 in Merit Scholarships in the categories of Academics, Leadership, and Special Achievement.

Last year, we were very pleased to be able to contribute to the future of our youth of Northern New Mexico by providing $25,000 in scholarships to 25 seniors from our local area high schools. We sincerely congratulate and wish much success for the future of all our recipients, and hope that they reach the educational goals they have set for themselves!


Please be sure to fill in all information and follow all instructions carefully! Use the Check List in the Instruction Brochure to ensure you include all the requested materials to avoid disqualification! Good luck to all our 2014 entries. Click here for application.












New Mexico Higher Education Department
 GEAR UP New Mexico
2048 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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