Scholarships

Apply for NMSU and PES scholarships using the NMSU Scholar Dollars site. Instructions and FAQ available for new and continuing students are available on the Scholar Dollar$ website.

For those wishing to support a scholarship, please visit University Advancement.

Departmental Scholarships and Endowments

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Aggie Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student at NMSU who has survived cancer.

(Established by Dr. James Kilcrease in 2013)


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Aggie Organ Donor

Awarded to any NMSU Main Campus student who is on the transplant list to receive a major organ(s), or a student whose children, parents, siblings or self has donated or received major organ(s).

(Established by Dr. Ryan Goss, wife Diana, family and friends in 2013)


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Albuquerque Master Gardener Scholarship

The Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners Current Use Scholarship supports an undergraduate or graduate student. The recipient must have a declared major in Horticulture; must be enrolled full time; and must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Established 2010


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Dr. Suman Bagga Endowed Scholarship

Used to support undergraduate students (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior) majoring in Genetics in the PES Department.

(Established by Dr. Suman Bagga 2010)


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Arden and Elsie Baltensperger Scholarship

Awarded to graduate students studying turfgrass science, plant breeding or genetics.

(Established by Arden and Elsie Baltensperger in 2004)


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Paul and Judy Bosland Endowed Scholarship

The Paul and Judy Bosland Endowed Scholarship supports the NMSU College of ACES. Recipients must have a declared major in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, be conducting research in the area of vegetables and be graduate level students.

Established in 2020


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Paul Bosland Chile Endowed Scholarship


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Mary Jane Chapman Accepting Award

Emmett Chapman Memorial Scholarship

Two scholarships awarded to sophomores, juniors, or seniors majoring in agronomy or horticulture with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Established by Mrs. Mary Jane Chapman in 1993)


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Joe and Daisy Corgan Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 majoring in horticulture.

(Established by Joe and Daisy Corgan, friends and family in 1998)


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Bernard Corley Memorial Scholarships in Turf Grass Management

Awarded to a junior or senior pursuing a career in turf management, horticulture, landscaping, or related field. Student must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

(Established by friends and family of Bernard Corley in 1996)

Sponsors: Mrs. Linda Corley


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Dr. and Mrs. Donald J. Cotter Scholarship

Awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate horticulture student who shows evidence of leadership ability. Award based on preparation and completion of a practical or technical work experience in horticulture.

(Established by Dr. and Mrs. Donald Cotter, friends and family in 1992)


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Frances 'Fran' Hanff Cotter Endowment

Used in support of the flower judging teams. May be used for travel, research, scholarships or other aspects related to cut flowers and ornamental plants.

(Established by Don and Fran Cotter in 2005)


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The Desert Project Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Science.

(Established with a gift from the Desert Project Tour in 2000)


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District II Garden Club Scholarship


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NM Dry Onion Commission Scholarship

The New Mexico Dry Onion Commission Current Use Scholarship supports an undergraduate or graduate student. The recipient must be a student with a declared major in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences; must be classified as a junior, senor or graduate level student; must be enrolled full time; must be a U.S. citizen; must be a student whose state of legal residence is New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, or Texas; must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in onions, plant breeding, and/or genetics.

Created in 2010


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William Lindemann Environmental Science Scholarship

Undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Science. (Established by friends of Environmental Science in 2003)


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Dr. J.V. (Josh) Enzie Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in horticulture.

(Established by friends and family of Josh Enzie in 1989)


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Bruce Erhard Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Horticulture with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Preference given to student working at the NMSU Golf Course or other turf entity.

(Established by Bruce Erhard, family and friends in 2006)


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Constance Falk Agriculture Scholarship

The Constance L. Falk Sustainable Agriculture Current Use Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student to support their studies or travel to educational/professional conferences with a sustainability theme. Recipients must be a sophomore, junior, or senior with at least a 3.3 GPA or graduate student with at least a 3.5 GPA. The recipient must be majoring in a degree program in Plant & Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Economic & Agricultural Business, or Entomology, Plant Pathology, & Weed Sciences. Preference in those that demonstrate interest in sustainable agriculture.


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Randy and Cindy Farmer Endowment

Used to support students employed at the Landscape Demonstration Garden, with preference given to students majoring in horticulture with an interest in landscape horticulture.

(Established by Randy and Cindy Farmer in 2004)


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James and Kathy Fisher Endowed Scholarship

Sophomore, Junior or Senior majoring in horticulture, with an interest in the economic sustainability and environmental improvement of New Mexico’s forests with a GPA above 3.0. (established by James Fisher in 2012)


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Funkhouser-Tatreault Scholarship

The L.E. "Sparks" and Lucille Denton Funkhousher Tatreault Endowed Fund was established in 2014. Recipients must be a senior or graduate level student with a declared major in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Preference for a student studying or doing research in viticulture.


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Dora Blossom Gile Research Endowment

Supports student research in soil and environmental sciences.

Established by Leland H. Gile in 2010)


Dora Blossom Gile Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to one or more students enrolled in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, majoring in soil science. Student must be a U.S. citizen with financial need and may continue to receive the award for more than one year.

(Established by Leland H. Gile in 1997)


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John Harrington Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student with major interests in forestry, urban forestry, or natural resource management; evidence of leadership and collaboration with others. (established by family and friends of John Harrington in 2011)


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Dr. Esteban Herrera Graduate Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student with preference given to students interested in pecan or fruit tree research.

(Established by Dr. Esteban Herrera, friends and family in 2005)


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Keep NM Beautiful Scholarship


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Kringle the Cat Scholarship

Awarded to a Horticulture student

(Established by an Anonymous donor in 1996)


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Paul and Cecelia La Vine Scholarship

Awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in horticulture with a cumulative GPA above 2.75 and demonstrated financial need.

(Established by Paul and Cecelia La Vine in 2005)


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Landscape Demonstration Garden Endowment

Used to support activities in the Landscape Demonstration Garden.

(Established by friends of the garden in 2000)


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Bonnie Lowenstein Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, agronomy, or related area. Student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

(Endowed by Dr. Bernard Lowenstein in 1994)


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Dr. Bernard Lowenstein Memorial Graduate Fellowship

Awarded to one graduate student who shall be designated the 'Lowenstein Fellow' studying some aspect of ornamental horticulture.

(Established through a bequeath from Dr. Bernard Lowenstein in 2004)


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R.W. Ludwick Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior woman majoring in horticulture.

(Established by the Desert Daubers Garden Club in 2007)


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Barbara J. Maier Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior in horticulture with a GPA above 3.0.

(Established by Dr. Charles Maier in 2008)


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Bill Mayfield Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student studying native or xeric plants.

(Established by the estate of Bill Mayfield in 2009)


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Dr. Thomas McGinn Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student conducting studies on or related to grapes or other small fruit.

(Established by the Tularosa Basin Chapter of the New Mexico Vine and Wine Society in 2010)


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Betty McGrath Horticulture Scholarship


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Dr. Billy Melton Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student majoring in agronomy, soils, or environmental science.

(Established by Dr. J.R. and Helen Hazer Thomas in 1999)


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Mary Frances Mexal Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student with a GPA above 2.5. Preference is given to a single parent or returning student continuing their education.

(Established by the family and friends of Mary Frances Mexal in 2008)


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John and Barbara Mexal Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior with a GPA above 3.0 and an interest in ornamental horticulture, urban forestry or natural resource management.

(Established by John and Barbara Mexal and friends in 2010)


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Drs. Greg and Iris Mullins Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior with a 3.0 or better GPA.

(Established by friends of Greg Mullins in 2009)


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Dr. Roy Nakayama Memorial Horticulture Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in horticulture.

(Established by friends and family of Roy Nakayama in 1985)


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John and Ruth Overpeck Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to student majoring in agronomy or horticulture.

(Established by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Overpeck in 1961)


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Joe Parker Scholarship

Awarded to an agronomy or horticulture student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

(Established by Pet Food Incorporated in 1992)


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Pefley Horticulture Scholarship

The Dr. Ellen Beth Peffley Horticulture Current Use Scholarship supports NMSU graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Recipients must have a declared major in horticulture, be in good academic standing and preference shall be given to a student who has an interest or is currently researching the topic of Vegetable Rural Crops.

Established in 2019


Bob Porter

Bob Porter Endowed Scholarship

Sophomore, junior or senior with a GPA above 2.5 and in good standing. (Established by Bob Porter in 2012)


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Rich Phillips Endowed Scholarship Fund

Used to support student research in the molecular biology and genetics of chile, student international travel in support of chile germplasm research. Awarded to a Sophomore, Junior or Senior with a 3.0 GPA, majoring in Genetics (preferred) or Horticulture with a strong interest in genetics.

(Established by the New Mexico Chile Association in 2010)


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Mr. Ananda and Dr. Uday Sengupta Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Genetics in the PES department with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

(Established by Drs. Champa and Amudhu Gopalan in 2010)


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Rootin Tootin Endowed Scholarship


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Salopek Endowed Scholarship


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Saxena Scholarship

The Shashi Saxena Current Use Scholarship supports an undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Recipient must have a declared major in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Created in 2012


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Shannon Family Internship

Awarded to a horticulture student working in the Landscape Demonstration Garden.

(Established by Emroy Shannon and family in 1998)


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Kelly Stack Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Environmental Science majors with an interest in algal research.

(Established by her family, in memorial of Kelly Stack in 2013)

Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Hank Cook


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Dr. Darrell Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in horticulture.

(Established by Darrell Sullivan, family and friends 2003)


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Norma Bellows Ulery Memorial Outstanding Student Award

Awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate female majoring in or emphasizing in soil science or environmental science. Teamwork, service, enthusiasm and collegiality are the main criteria.

(Established by her daughter, Dr. April Ulery in 2008)


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Drs. C. Watson & B. Williams Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in agronomy or soils.

(Established by friends and family of Drs. Clarence Watson & Boyce Williams in 1992)


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Debbie Widger Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in horticulture.

(Established by friends of Debbie Widger in 2007)


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Marvin Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student majoring in agronomy, horticulture or soils.

(Established by friends and family of Marvin Wilson in 1998)


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Carlton (Carlos) M. Witmore El Picante de la Vida Endowed Scholarship

Sponsors: Ms. Barbara Witmore


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Women in Science Endowed Scholarship

Senior or graduate student majoring in Plant and Environmental Sciences with a preference for women.

(Established by Drs. Cotter, Peffley, Ryder Fox, Mexal, Ulery and Wagner in 2019)

Sponsors: Dr. Anne M. Wagner, Dr. Donald J. Cotter, Dr. Ellen Peffley, Dr. Virginia Lohr and Mr. Robert Briggs, and Dr. Jennifer A. Ryder Fox, and Mr. Terry L. Fox


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YGY Regenerative Agriculture Scholarship

The YGY Extension Team Regenerative Aggie Current Use Scholarship supports students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. New Mexico needs better access to fresh, local, and nutrient dense food that promotes healthy lifestyles and reduces health care costs. Getting us there sustainably will require more young farmers and ranchers who use regenerative organic practices that build soil health. To support this mission, the YGY Extension Team of Youngevity Independent Distributors raised funds to support a scholarship for students whose intent is starting, owning or managing a regenerative farm or ranch in New Mexico.

Established in 2019