UNM Los Alamos



2021 – 2022 Scholarship List

General Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to UNM-LA students as listed here, or download the complete 2021-2022 list. Your scholarship application packet must include:

  • A complete a UNM-LA Scholarship Application.
  • A letter of intent to the Scholarship Committee specifying which scholarships they wish to be considered for and how the scholarship will help them achieve their goals.
  • An unofficial transcript.

Incomplete packets will not be considered. Submit complete packets to the Financial Aid Office.

Bridge to Success Scholarship

NO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION REQUIRED. Scholarship will be automatically awarded based on qualification requirements. Only awarded the first semester after graduation or GED. The award amount is $600.00 (amount is subject to change) Additional tuition costs and fees are students’ responsibility. Students must meet the following qualifications:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate from NM High School or GED
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA/GED/HiSet equivalent
  • Admitted in a degree or certificate program at UNM-Los Alamos
  • Must be enrolled FULL TIME (12+ CR)
  • Fall applicants must have graduated or completed GED Spring semester of same year. Spring applicants must have graduated or completed GED in preceding Fall semester
  • Must provide high school/ GED transcript and college transcript with UNM-LA admissions application

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

NO APPLICATION REQUIRED. Scholarship will be automatically awarded based on qualification requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be a resident of New Mexico. Student must have graduated from a public or accredited private New Mexico high school, completed requirements as a home-schooled student registered with the New Mexico Public Education Department, or received a high school equivalency credential recognized by the state of New Mexico while maintaining residency in New Mexico.
  • Student must enroll full-time at a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation or receipt of a high equivalency credential and maintain continuous full-time enrollment. First time enrollment within the sixteen-month period following graduation must be at a New Mexico public post-secondary educational institution. If the student enrolls full-time at ANY out of state institution or private in-state institution the student shall forfeit eligibility.
  • Student must enroll in and earn 15 credit hours per semester at a four-year New Mexico public university.
  • Student must enroll in and earn 12 credit hours per semester at a two- year New Mexico public community college.
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average (GPA) each semester of enrollment.

Students with disabilities may qualify for reduced credit hour requirements and additional semesters of the scholarship.


A flat award based on the type of institution the student attends (Research; Comprehensive; or Community College). NMHED will notify institutions of the award for the upcoming academic year by June 1.

Duration: The initial scholarship shall begin with the second semester of enrollment at a public postsecondary educational institution. Thereafter, the scholarship is renewed on a per-semester basis subject to maintaining eligibility. Students must remain consecutively enrolled each fall and spring semester to maintain eligibility for the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed at a four-year institution until the award recipient has received seven (7) semesters of scholarship awards or until the student graduates with a bachelor’s degree, whichever is sooner. Students attending a community college are eligible for three (3) semesters of scholarship awards. The student should contact their public post-secondary educational institution’s financial aid advisor for eligibility verification if they have met the first semester eligibility requirements listed above.

New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship

NO APPLICATION REQUIRED. Provides tuition and fee assistance for students enrolled in 2-year programs, including credit-bearing certificate or associate degree programs in a public institution of higher education or Tribal Colleges in New Mexico. Recent high school graduate and returning adult learners can apply for this scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older (or eligible to receive the NM Lottery Scholarship) at time of enrollment
  • Complete a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or another form of income verification
  • New Mexico resident
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) beginning the first semester receiving the scholarship

UNM-LA Start Here Scholarship

Open to incoming first-time students to provide financial assistance with educational costs for the 2021-2022 school year. The $500 scholarship will be applied towards 2021-2022 educational expenses including tuition and fees, books, course materials, or technology. Half of the award will be posted in fall and half in spring.

Recent high school graduate and returning adult learners can apply for this scholarship. The scholarship begins in the fall 2021 semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Newly admitted for fall 2021 semester into an associate degree or certificate program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA or Completion of NM HiSET/GED
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Submit official application form with all sections fully complete and required items attached to packet

High Achiever Incentive Scholarship

Open to incoming students enrolled in an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Science, Education, Emergency Medical Services, Environmental Science, Pre-Professional Health Sciences, Pre-Engineering, Science, or an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Technology with Cybersecurity at the UNM-Los Alamos Branch. The purpose of this scholarship is to give financial assistance to a high achieving students to complete their AS or AAS degree program here at UNM-Los Alamos. Amount of award is $1000 per school year (divided between fall/spring semesters).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a high school or college cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better
  • New Mexico resident
  • Must be a new admission applicant

HED Incentive to Complete Scholarship

The HED Incentive to Compete Scholarship has been set up as a retention scholarship to assist current STEMH students finish their degree program. There will be two student awards per year. The award amount will be $1200 annually.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a STEMH degree program at UNM-Los Alamos
  • Must have already earned 24 credit hours
  • Enrolled full-time (12-18 credit hours)
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

Stoddard CNA/PCA Scholarship

The Stoddard Scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) and/or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program as degree seeking students. There may be 3 PCA scholarships awarded per semester ($300 each) and 2 CNA scholarships per semester ($450 each).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a degree seeking student at UNM-Los Alamos
  • Enrolled in the PCA and/or CNA Certificate program
  • Complete a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or another form of income verification

The following scholarships are Department Awards specific to UNM-Los Alamos.

Unless indicated, scholarship Eligibility Requirements are:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time enrollment (12-18 credit hours)
  • New Mexico resident
  • Must be enrolled in a a degree or certificate program at UNM-Los Alamos
  • Applicants that have already earned an Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s degree are NOT eligible
  • No more than 4 semesters of awards

Alice A. Armstrong Memorial Endowment

To assist students who plan to earn a Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis on teaching math, science or engineering. Preference given to students enrolled in teaching, math, engineering or science degrees. This scholarship pays $400 per semester and can be awarded up to 4 semesters.

Agnes Finnie-Grotto Memorial Endowment

For the purpose of assisting non-traditional students to earn an Associate’s Degree. Open to any major. Students must be enrolled at least half time. This scholarship can be awarded up to 4 semesters and covers students’ tuition and fees.

Benito Garcia Memorial Scholarship

For students enrolled in a fine arts or arts and sciences degree program (Studio Art or Liberal Arts). Scholarship covers tuition and fees.

Ed Grilly & Julie Langram Grilly Scholarship

For students enrolled in the Liberal Arts program. Applicants must have previous college or HS GPA of 3.5 or higher or an ACT composite score of 25+. This scholarship covers tuition and fees.

Española Women’s Club Endowment

Open to any degree program and covers $250 per semester. Students need to be admitted to UNM-Los Alamos immediately after GED/HiSet or high school completion, have completed GED/HiSet or high school in New Mexico, live within Rio Arriba, Los Alamos or Santa Fe County. High school GPA of 3.0, ACT composite of 20+ or SAT of 650+. Preference is given to women and financial need. Must complete a FAFSA. Beginning freshmen preferred.

Executive Endowment Scholarship

Open only to beginning freshmen with a 3.25 or higher high school GPA or a 22 ACT composite score (or SAT equivalent). This scholarship is awarded for the FALL SEMESTER ONLY in the amount of $500.

Jim Sagel Memorial Endowment

For students in the Liberal Arts or Southwest Studies. Covers tuition and fees.

Joe and Stella Martinez Memorial Endowment

Open to beginning freshmen only, in any degree program. Must be US citizens. Applicants must be admitted to UNM-LA the semester following HS graduation or GED completion. Must have attended NM HS or GED. Must live in Rio Arriba, Los Alamos or Santa Fe Counties. Covers a portion of tuition (portion the Bridge does not) Covers FALL SEMESTER ONLY.

Noah Rodriguez Memorial Endowment

For students enrolled in the Liberal Arts. Covers tuition and fees for up to 4 semesters.

Independent Scholarships that require outside scholarship applications.

The Los Alamos Public Safety Association Scholarship

Offered by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association for students enrolled in a Medical Services degree program at UNM- Los Alamos. The amount of the scholarship is $500 for the fall semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Complete and submit application package no later than the second week of fall semester
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Northern New Mexico resident
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in Criminal Justice, Fire Science, or Emergency Medical Services Degree Program at UNM-Los Alamos
  • Write an essay describing your goals in pursuing a career in Public Safety
  • Include a copy of your unofficial UNM transcript
  • Complete a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or another form of income verification
Download Los Alamos Public Safety 2021-2022 application.

The AAUW Scholarship

The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering this scholarship to a woman who is a non-traditional student with financial need. It is intended to help the student finish her degree or certificate. It is offered to a woman enrolled in any degree seeking program at UNM-Los Alamos. The amount of the scholarship is

$1000 for the school year (divided between fall/spring semesters).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 credit hours
  • Complete a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or another form of income verification
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA to continue eligibility
  • A new application must be submitted each year

Download the AAUW 2021-2022 application.