Presidential Scholarship Program

Presidential Scholarship Program


Since 1976, the University of New Mexico’s Presidential Scholarship Program has kept New Mexico’s best and brightest in our state. Over the past four decades, more than 4,100 UNM undergraduate scholars have had their worlds changed through this scholarship program thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors.  Thank you to those who launched this program and to those who have continued this tradition which has helped make this one of UNM’s cornerstone scholarship programs.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors based on merit, which includes a minimum of 3.75 high school grade point average, an average of 27 on the ACT or 1253 on the SAT, personal essays, leadership and community involvement.

There are more than 450 students attending UNM with the Presidential Scholarship, which pays for tuition, books and fees.

Presidential Scholars come from diverse communities across the Land of Enchantment and have a wide range of economic and social backgrounds. They represent every ethnic group in New Mexico. Many scholars are the first in their respective families to attend college and would not be at UNM without this scholarship. These students enrich communities throughout the state and continue to exemplify community leadership and service during college and after graduation.

With a gift of $2,600, you become a full sponsor for a Presidential Scholarship recipient  for one year. UNM matches your gift more than two to one to provide a full scholarship of $8,400 per year. A gift of $50,000 will endow a Presidential Scholarship in perpetuity.  As a sponsor, you are matched with a Presidential Scholar and have the opportunity to make a personal connection with the student whose life you are helping to become successful. You can also make a gift of any size and ‘share a scholar’ with other donors.

To make a gift today, click on the “Donate to the Presidential Scholarship Program” box below.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor or learn about other ways you can support the Presidential Scholarship Program, please contact  Cathy Bunch at the UNM Foundation at or (505) 313-7679.

To learn more about the requirements or to apply for the Presidential Scholarship, please visit the UNM Scholarships webpage

Donate to the Presidential Scholarship Program
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