2018-19 Scholarship FAQs

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Application Process

Scholarship applications will be available on 5 p.m. (MST) on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

NO. One statement is fine. However, please note that if the scholarships require different criteria (i.e., academic achievement, community service and/or financial need) please make sure to indicate how you meet each requirement in your personal statement. Please submit your personal statement on our Personal Statement Worksheet (docx).

You will upload a copy of your resume in a PDF file format at the time of application. Include in your resume employment history, volunteer activities, student activities, honors and awards, and any additional experience you have. Include dates, titles/roles, leadership positions, description of duties and the details of your involvement. If applying for a scholarship that requires outstanding campus or community involvement, service or leadership, indicate your activities in your resume. The selection committee looks very closely at your personal statement, so concentrate more on that than your resume.

YES. We have a Recommendation component to the application form. You should contact those writing your recommendation letters to verify they will be able to do so and also confirm their email address. You will enter their name and email address in the online scholarship application. Once you have submitted your application, a link to the recommendation form will be sent to those whose email addresses you have provided. Your reference should receive the link within 24 hours of your time of application. If they have not, please contact us by phone at 505-277-5808 or by email. Recommendations must be received no later than 5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

NO. A copy of your unofficial transcript as of January 2018) is fine. You can obtain a copy of your Advisement Transcript from LoboWeb that is emailed directly to your @unm.edu email address. You may also go to the Records and Registration Office in person to request and/or pick up your unofficial transcript. Photo identification is required when ordering and picking up transcripts in person. You would then need to scan and save in PDF format for upload.

For student transfer transcripts, if you have multiple transcripts from multiple schools, please combine your them into one pdf file that you can upload with your application. (25 MB max file size.) You will be required to upload your transfer transcript at the time of application.

Please submit your scholarship application via our online form. Contact us by phone at 505-277-5808 or by email if you need an alternative submission method.

Eligibility Requirements

NO. Unfortunately, incoming freshmen at UNM cannot qualify for a scholarship through the Alumni Association until they are sophomores or above. We encourage all incoming freshmen to contact the UNM Scholarship Office website (opens in new window) for information on additional scholarship opportunities.

NO. It is a requirement that the student be enrolled full-time (min. 12 credit hours) for both the Fall 2018 AND Spring 2019 semesters. If you are scheduled to graduate in December 2018, you will not qualify to apply for the scholarship(s).

YES. As long as a student has completed 26 credit hours (including any transfer credits accepted by UNM) by May 2018, they will be considered a sophomore (or above) upon enrollment at UNM, and will qualify to apply for the scholarships.

YES.

Your FAFSA score (EFC) and scholarship information will be provided to us by the Financial Aid Office. You will not be required to submit your FAFSA score (EFC) in order to apply for a scholarship. FAFSA scores are awarded by mid-February, 2018. If you do not have your FAFSA information by then, please contact the Financial Aid office at 505-277-8900 for assistance.

If you are providing an alternate statement of need, include a brief description of your personal situation and how you are paying for school, what type of financial assistance you receive (if any) and how this scholarship can help you to pay for school-related expenses.

YES. It is important to indicate that you are waiting for an acceptance letter from the graduate school/program in your statement. In order to release the funds to a recipient's account, all eligibility must be met and is reviewed prior to funds being disbursed into a student's account. Therefore, if you do not get accepted into the program, the scholarship money will go to the alternate.

Deadlines and Decisions

5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 8, 2018: All applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

no later than Friday, April 27, 2018: The Alumni Association's Awards Committee will meet in March to review and select the scholarship recipients for the following academic school year. ALL scholarship applicants will be notified by the end of April as to whether or not they received a scholarship.

August, 2018: Funds for all scholarships should be posted to your account on the first day of classes. Funds will be distributed in equal amounts for both the fall and spring semesters. If you have not received your funds on the first day of the fall/spring semester, please contact us by phone at 505-277-5808 or by email immediately.

Required For A Completed Application

You will need to submit your scholarship application online. If you need an alternative method of submitting your application, please contact us by phone at 505-277-5808 or by email. You will need to upload your transcripts, personal statement, resume, scholarship awards worksheet, and FAFSA or alternate statement of need at the time of your scholarship application submission. Applications will be available online 5 p.m. (MST) on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

You will need to upload a copy of your transcript as of January 2018) at the time of application. Current students can receive an Advisement Transcript (opens in new window) from LoboWeb that is emailed directly to your @unm.edu email address. You may also go to the Records and Registration Office in person to request and/or pick up your unofficial transcript. Photo identification is required when ordering and picking up transcripts in person. You would then need to scan and save in PDF format for upload.

If you are a transfer student, and have multiple transcripts from multiple schools,please combine your transfer transcripts into one PDF file.

A statement (in 500 words or less) outlining education goals, campus involvement, demonstrated personal philosophy on leadership and civic engagement. Include information or comments that address the criteria listed for the scholarship(s) for which you are applying. Please submit your personal statement on our Personal Statement Worksheet.

You will upload a copy of your resume in a PDF file format at the time of application. Include in your resume employment history, volunteer activities, student activities, honors and awards, and any additional experience you have. Include dates, titles/roles, leadership positions, description of duties and the details of your involvement. If applying for a scholarship that requires outstanding campus or community involvement, service or leadership, indicate your activities in your resume. The selection committee looks very closely at your personal statement, so concentrate more on that than your resume. Download the Resume Worksheet for guidelines.

Your FAFSA score (EFC) and scholarship information will be provided to us by the Financial Aid Office. You will not be required to submit your FAFSA score (EFC) in order to apply for a scholarship. FAFSA scores are awarded by mid-February 2018. If you do not have your FAFSA information by then, please contact the Financial Aid office at 505-277-8900 for assistance.

If you are providing an alternate statement of need, include a brief description of your personal situation and how you are paying for school, what type of financial assistance you receive (if any) and how this scholarship can help you to pay for school-related expenses. Please submit your statement on our Alternate Statement of Need Worksheet.

You should contact those writing your recommendation letters to verify they will be able to do so and also confirm their email address. You will enter their name and email address in the online scholarship application. Once you have submitted your application, a link to the recommendation form will be sent to those whose email addresses you have provided. Your reference should receive the link within 24 hours of your time of application. If they have not, please contact Jane Algermissen. Recommendations must be received no later than 5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Download our Letters of Recommendation Worksheet.

Hints for completing your application

  1. Prepare your documents
    BEFORE you begin the online application, we recommend that you finalize your current resume and your personal statement, confirm two (2) references and their email addresses, and obtain one (1) unofficial copy of your transcript. If you have multiple transfer transcripts from multiple schools, combine them into one pdf file. (5 MB maximum file size)
  2. Follow directions and complete the application in full
    Give yourself a competitive advantage by reading the directions carefully. Get your questions answered directly rather than guess what is needed. Provide all documentation that is required. If you have questions, contact us by phone at 505-277-5808 or by email.
  3. Complete the application in full
    Complete the entire application. Do not leave any questions blank or unanswered. Be honest and be yourself in answering all questions. It is your responsibility to provide the documentation required for the complete application and to make sure it has been submitted and received.
  4. Show how you meet the criteria
    Scholarship criteria varies. Be sure that you demonstrate how you meet the criteria. Do not assume that the selection committee will know you meet the criteria just because you are applying for the scholarship.
  5. Meet your deadlines
    Give your application the time, attention, and preparation it deserves. Don't wait until the last minute. Your transcript and other supporting documents will need to be uploaded at the time you submit your application. Make sure your references will have ample lead-time to write their recommendations. Your completed application and all supporting materials must be received by the UNM Alumni Association by 5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 8, 2018 for consideration. Late applications are not considered.
  6. Get the appropriate Letter of Recommendation
    It is important that you contact those writing your recommendations to verify they will be able to do so and to confirm their email address. You will provide their email addresses in the application form. Once you have submitted your application, a link to the recommendation form will be emailed to those you have selected. If they have not received the link within 24 hours of application, please contact us immediately.

    Tell your references what the letter is for and provide information so that they can write an appropriate letter. Ask persons who can discuss your academic, extracurricular, and work experiences, not just friends, neighbors, or relatives who know you. Do not ask persons who have important positions simply because of their positions, unless they also know you because of your school/work experiences.

    Be sure to tell your references the deadline for submitting the letter is 5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Last updated: April 23, 2018

For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)
E: alumni@unm.edu