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New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Scholarship

Deadline February 23, 2018

The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders will award two $3,000 scholarships to New Mexico high school seniors who will be entering a college or university.  

The NMCEL scholarship application is available on their website.http://www.nmcel.org/home/nmcel-scholarship-info/


  1. Candidate must be a graduating senior from any public high school in the state of New Mexico.
  2. Candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better for consideration.
  3. Preference will be given to those entering the field of education. (Teacher, Counselor, School Business Official, etc.)
  4. Interviews with each of the top five candidates will be conducted by the Selection Committee in April.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Submit the following completed documents:

  1. The Scholarship Application Form (signed by a HS official).
  1. Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or school administrators.
  1. A written essay (at least 300 words) outlining your reasons for entering the field of education.

Finalists must submit an Official High School Transcript prior to interview.


Email to:         scholarships@nmcel.org  (preferred method of submission)


Mailing Address:      NMCELScholarship

                                6600 Palomas Ave. NE

                                NMAA Building

                                Albuquerque, NM  87109

                                Phone:  505-217-2345

                                Website:  www.nmcel.org


Deadline:  In the NMCEL office no later than February 23, 2018.


Late and/or incomplete application packets will not be accepted.

2018 Guidelines

  1. The applicant must be academically strong with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Be a well-rounded student participating in diversified activities in both school and the community
  3. Selection committee will consist of 5 members, four of whom must be members of NMCEL. One shall be a member of the NMCEL Executive Board.
  4. The committee will be facilitated by an NMCEL Board member
  5. The applicants will be rated on the application form, references and written essay.
  6. Interviews with the selection committee will take place in April for the top candidates.  A stipend will be provided for candidates who lier further than a 100-mile radius from Albuquerque.
  7. The recipients of the scholarship will be notified in writing no later than May 7, 2018.  All other applicants will be notified by mail of the decision of the selection committee no later than May 14, 2018.
  8. The recipients must be enrolled as a full time student, in a college or university of their choice, in the fall of the school year after graduation.
  9. Two scholarships in the amount of $3000 will be awarded to the successful applicants at the annual Awards Luncheon at the NMCEL July conference.
  10. The scholarship will be payable to the student in three payments, one in the fall semester, one in the winter, and one the following fall after proof of enrollment is submitted.
  11. The scholarship will be forfeited if the student does not begin college or university classes during the fall semester, or leaves after the first semester.

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