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NMSU receives nearly $2.5 million in state funding for STEM graduate scholarships

The New Mexico Higher Education Department has allocated nearly $2.5 million to fund scholarships for graduate students from New Mexico studying science, technology, engineering or math at New Mexico State University.

The funding, which will be dispersed over three academic years, is part of a $10 million distribution from NMHED to graduate degree-granting state universities in New Mexico for graduate students in a STEM-related program. Eligible students will receive an award amount no greater than $7,200 per academic year.

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must have graduated from a New Mexico high school and enrolled full time in a master’s or doctoral degree program.

“NMSU has a wide array of high-quality STEM graduate programs across our academic colleges, and I know these funds will encourage more of our New Mexico students to pursue their graduate degrees and complete their training in a timely manner,” said Phame Camarena, interim dean of the NMSU Graduate School. “This is great news for both NMSU and the state of New Mexico.”

“New Mexico State University is leading the way with research and innovation that will help us respond to a changing climate, develop a diverse and sustainable economy, and usher in a brighter for future for Southern New Mexico, our state and the entire Southwest,” said New Mexico State Rep. Nathan Small, chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. “These scholarships for graduate students in STEM will help us reduce economic barriers to post-graduate education, while recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest minds to contribute to the exciting work being done at New Mexico’s land-grant institution. To keep our state moving forward, we must continue to look for opportunities to invest in research and innovation and expand support for New Mexico’s graduate students and programs.”

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