Upcoming GEAR UP NM Events
University of New Mexico

Fall Preview Day

High school juniors and seniors are invited to attend the University of New Mexico's second annual Fall Preview, Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 8:30 am to noon. The day's activities will include an academic and student services fair, admissions and financial aid presentations and campus tours. For more information Click Here!  


College Readiness Information  


To learn more about college admissions, financial aid applications, scholarships and careers Click Here!  

  Los Lunas Students Screen the OUR TIME IS NOW Documentary and Meet the Director and Producer  


"Our Time Is Now," is the story of six GEAR UP high school students from rural New Mexico and their educational pursuits as they overcome barriers to achieve their dreams. "Our Time is Now" is a character driven coming-of-age documentary sharing the lives of these students who must work toward finishing high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams. Low graduation rates and poverty dominate the story of New Mexico education. However, when examined through the lens of these students, a dynamic and more complex set of human narratives emerge. It is a story of deep family ties, perseverance, cultural traditions, bridging worlds, personal struggle and success. The documentary was funded in part by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the GEAR UP New Mexico Documentary Film Initiative, a collaborative statewide filmmaking project bringing forward stories within New Mexico's public high schools.


Los Lunas students were able to experience a private screening of the film with the films director, Erin Hudson, and the producer, Chris Jonas. Los Lunas student body had an opportunity to ask Erin and Chris questions about the film. Los Lunas program coordinator, Jennifer Nilvo gave 50 students the opportunity to sit down with Erin, Chris, the GEAR UP New Mexico staff, and the staff of Los Lunas High School for a round table discussion on the film. The students had the opportunity to express how the film related to their own struggles in their lives. The documentary has touched a lot of GEAR UP students and has shed light on the issues that are prevalent in all students' lives. If you would like to view the film "Our Time is Now," Click Here!


















GEAR UP Schools Celebrate GEAR UP Week


 Mora Rangers prepare for college. 
Capital High School Hosts a Career and College Fair.   





Mora Rangers Taking the ACT PLAN




Tenth graders at Mora High School prepare for the ACT college readiness test by taking the PLAN. This will help students get ready for college and beyond. The PLAN results will give students an early clue as to whether they are ready for college work. ACT has developed COLLEGE READINESS BENCHMARK SCORES. If students meet these benchmark scores they are on there way to having skills needed to finish high school and move on to their postsecondary plans.


GEAR UP Teachers Engaging in ACT Quality Core Professional Development
ACT Quality Core is a College and Career Readiness System that provides an integrated Common Core Curriculum which alignes units of study and assessments, designed to measure progress in college readiness over time. The system has components in English, math, reading, and science skills.  Quality Core encourages academic planning and more rigorous skill development.  

  GEAR UP New Mexico Celebrates National College Application Campaign


During the month of November, GEAR UP New Mexico seniors will take part in a national initiative to complete college applications. While it is called National College Application Week by the American Council on Education (ACE), which supports the initiative, GEAR UP schools are using the entire month to make sure as many seniors as possible complete a college admissions application.


Participating schools include Pecos, Pe�asco, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Grants and Shiprock high schools. Students will have their personal statements and essays written when they walk into the computer lab to complete their admissions application. Sometimes the application process can seem daunting, but with help from GEAR UP New Mexico and ACE, students are guided through the admissions and receive


"This is the first year that GEAR UP New Mexico has participated in College Application Week, and the school staff members at our participating schools are very receptive to the idea," said Barb Armijo, GEAR UP New Mexico college readiness coordinator. "The goal is to provide students the help they need at school to complete the application. A strong team of volunteers from the school and from the New Mexico Higher Education Department will be on hand to lend support as needed."


Studies show that seniors who complete at least three college applications during their senior year in high school are likely to attend a post-secondary institution.


"I Applied!" 


For more information please click here!





Teran Villa, A Senior at Walatowa High Charter School (WHCS) is excited about his future thanks to GEAR UP New Mexico.


Currently a dual credit student at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Mr. Villa is following his passion as he plans to pursue a business administration degree and eventually a juris doctorate. "Through GEAR UP, our school arranged college trips and a 6 week Summer Leadership Policy Academy for incoming seniors and juniors," Mr. Villa said. "These events have helped me find out what I am interested in and what I want to become to help not only my community but the state of New Mexico."


He is actively involved with the Walatowa High Charter School National Honor Society, WHCS Basketball Team, and volunteers at events such as the Eighth Grade Transition and Career Day. He also participated in Reading Buddy program at the San Diego Riverside School (SDRS) and will participate in our first annual High School 101 seminar that helps eighth grade students transition into freshman year.


"Teran is a joy to work with," says Francine Garcia, WHCS/SDRS GEAR UP Coordinator.


"I want everyone to find what they are passionate about when they are young. That's why I share all my experiences with friends, helping and celebrating with them and volunteer my free time to show them what it means to be a leader in their own lives and in the lives of others," said Teran Villa.











Daniels Scholarship Program Highlights Hard Working


In establishing the Daniels Scholarship Program, Bill Daniels wanted to find outstanding young people from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who possess strong character, a motivation to succeed, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to actively engage in their communities.


Each year, 250 new Daniels Scholars are selected from among thousands who apply. They go through a rigorous application, interview, and selection process. The reward of being selected for the program is the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education at any accredited public college or university in the United States, complete with financial and personal support throughout the journey. 

The Daniels Scholarship Program offers students resources, encouragement, and inspiration far beyond financial assistance provided to help them earn a college degree. The goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college.
The application for the Daniels Scholarship Program will open Sept. 1, 2013 and close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Students do not have to be nominated for the scholarship to apply, however they are required to obtain a recommendation from a school staff member.
Daniels Scholarships are not full-ride. Instead they are "last dollar" and are intended to cover the unmet need of the student. The scholarship amount is determined after all other financial aid resources and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) have been applied. Amounts are different for each student and can change from year to year.


Daniels Scholarships pay toward a student's required college expenses (i.e., tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses).


Daniels Scholarships are annually renewable up to a maximum of four academic years (8 semesters or 12 quarters) if all requirements of the program are met. Apply at www.danielsfund.org. 


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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