College Readiness Information  


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 College Readiness Montly Reminders





  • Begin working with your parents on the Free Application for Federal StudentAid (FAFSA)
  • Take ACT and/or SAT if you haven't already
  • Remind your parents to file income taxes for federal financial aid purposes - FAFSA
  • Check counseling office for scholarships
  • UNM Scholars scholarship deadline is coming up - February 1
  • Don't forget to complete a housing application if you plan to live on-campus

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"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."
--Henry Ford

GEAR UP Schools College Readiness Activities

Los Alamitos Middle School celebrated GEAR UP week with an assembly, a keynote speech from Scott Eccles, former Raiders and 49ers professional football player, who earned a bachelor's degree in business at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU).  

Coronado seniors explore college options at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University  
GEAR UP students from Bernalillo, Coronado, and Pecos attended the The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP) Back to School Family and Youth Leadership Institute.  





GEAR UP New Mexico
  students Celebrates National College Application Campaign


 Pe�asco High School



Pecos High School 


 Walatowa Charter School




"They Applied!" 


For more information National College Application Campaign please click here!


 Pe�asco GEAR UP Student of  the Month



Pe�asco High School (PHS) staff nominated and selected Jade Garcia, a sophomore, as the November GEAR UP student of the month because of her perseverance, strong character and sportsmanship. She excels both academically and athletically. Jade is a dedicated member of the Pe�asco volleyball team as a middle hitter. She also runs track as a field sprinter. She takes great pride in being an active participant in her community. She is an artist and is an avid reader. She is described as a reliable friend who strives to treat others with kindness and respect. PHS staff sees her as a dedicated student, skilled athlete and positive role model for her peers.


After high school graduation, Jade plans to attend the University of New Mexico, where she looks forward to exploring her interests in veterinary science and expanding other interests in her educational pursuits. Jade hopes one day to practice veterinary medicine within the state of New Mexico.









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 Opens: December 15, 2013.


This scholarship is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered for the Wells Fargo scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, as verified through submission of the AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC);
  • Be pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources;
  • Be a college junior or senior at a U.S. accredited college or university as full time and degree seeking student maintaining an average GPA of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application;
  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF).


This opportunity will become available on December 15, 2013 for the academic year 2014 - 2015 for new applicants. Click here for the application!



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.





Here in New Mexico, Comcast will award more than 20 scholarships of $1,000 each to high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited nonprofit college, university or vocational/technical school in the U.S. - and one student will be selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship award! 


General qualifications: 


o Full-time high school senior enrolled at a high school within a community served by Comcast (students do not have to subscribe to Comcast services to be eligible). 


o Grade point average of 2.8 or higher. 


o Student demonstrates leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences. 


o Student shows a strong commitment to and involvement in community service.


o Employees of Comcast, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their families are not eligible.


Nominations are due December 5th, 2013. 


Award Notification: All scholarship recipients will be notified by e-mail in late January/early February 2014. Award checks will be mailed in August 2014  


Requests for nomination materials and/or questions of eligibility should be directed to ISTS, the scholarship program administrator, at 









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