Lottery Success Scholarship available to New Mexico students

July 1, 2002 by Sarah Wheeler NMSU News Center

Recent graduates of New Mexico high schools or G.E.D. recipients planning to attend New Mexico State University this fall should be aware that the New Mexico Lottery Success Scholarship may be available to them in Spring 2003.

The Lottery Success Scholarship covers actual tuition costs, excluding required fees.

To be eligible, students must enroll full-time at the university, earn a grade point average of 2.5 or better during the first regular semester after high school graduation and complete at least 12 graded credit hours. Thereafter, as long as students maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and complete at least 12 graded credit hours per semester, the tuition portion will be paid for by the scholarship for eight consecutive semesters of enrollment beginning with their second semester in college.

Lydia Bruner, director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at New Mexico State University, said her office is working to get the word out that the Lottery Scholarship is available.

“There are still families that do not know enough about the Lottery and we as an institution want to get more information out so they know what the criteria and benefits are,” Bruner said. She said she encourages students and families to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for more information about the scholarship.

According to the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, about 11,000 students have received more than $10 million in Lottery Scholarship assistance since the scholarship began in 1997. At New Mexico State, 3,166 students have received nearly $3.3 million.

As a bridge to the Lottery Scholarship, New Mexico high school graduates may be eligible for the one-semester Opportunity Scholarship to assist with tuition their first semester. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have achieved a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher, or a 21 ACT composite score or 970 SAT equivalent. They must also be U.S. citizens and New Mexico residents and have been admitted to the university by March 1.

For more information about the Lottery Success Scholarship, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at (505) 646-4105 or the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education’s Student Helpline at 1-800-279-9777.

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