Scholarship Opportunities . . . We're Proud to Help!
Thanks to the gifts from alumni, friends, and chapters, the UNM Alumni Association assists top UNM students with their academic expenses. Alumni Association scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students at UNM. Scholarships are awarded using a variety of factors such as academic achievement, community involvement, employment experiences, areas of study, financial need and several others. Scholarship amounts may change annually.
Please contact the Alumni Relations Office by phone at 505-277-5808 or by email with questions or for more information. The scholarship application is available in alternative formats upon request.
Resources and Downloads
Download supporting documents and worksheets to your computer to edit. You will need to submit your personal statement on the Personal Statement Worksheet. If you are providing a need statement, please use the Alternative Statement of Need Worksheet.
Dates To Remember
Applications available on: 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, December 6, 2019
All application materials must be submitted by: 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, March 20, 2020
Applicants will be notified in early May 2020
Guide to submitting your online application
Required documents for a completed application
- Online Application Form
Two letters of recommendation are required for the application to be considered. 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 transcript at the time of your scholarship submission. Applications will be available online by 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, December 6, 2019
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
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 application. 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. It is your responsibility to ensure that your Scholarship Application receives all of your recommendations by 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Supporting Documents to prepare for upload with application form:
- Personal Statement (500 words or less)
A statement outlining education goals, financial need (if applicable), campus involvement and 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.
- Alternate Statement of Need
If you are not eligible or did not apply for FAFSA, you can submit 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.
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.
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.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.
The process for submitting a letter of recommendation is:
- Provide your references' email addresses in the application form.
- A link to the recommendation form will be emailed to those you have selected, after you have submitted your scholarship application.
- If they have not received the link within 24 hours of application, please contact us immediately.
- Be sure to tell your references the deadline for submitting the letter is 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, March 20, 2020.
- Applications without 2 letters of recommendation will not be considered.
Hints for completing your application
- Prepare your documents
BEFORE you begin the online application, we recommend that you finalize all supporting documentation and worksheets in PDF file format to upload with your application.
- 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. If you have questions, contact us by phone at 505-277-5808 or by email.
- 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.
- Meet your deadlines
Give your application the time, attention, and preparation it deserves. Don’t wait until the last minute. Your transcript needs to be uploaded at the time you submit your application. Make sure your references will have ample lead-time to write their recommendation. Your completed application and all supporting materials must be received by the UNM Alumni Association by 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, March 20, 2020 for consideration. Late applications are not considered.
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Last updated: January 30, 2019
For questions or more information:
Alumni Relations Office