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Community foundation taking scholarship applications


The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) manages hundreds of endowments that support grant programs and scholarships.

In 2020, CFSNM awarded $215,000 in scholarships to 184 students in the region.

In all, there are 42 different scholarship opportunities for those in southern New Mexico looking to further their educations.

New scholarships include the Ronnie Wright Rotary Fund, Holloway Irwin Memorial Scholarship Fund, Clarence H. Fielder Memorial Scholarship, Alexis Legarreta ENLACE Scholarship, Anna-Marie Aldaz Scholarship Fund, Alamogordo Breakfast Lions Club Scholarship and the Hakes Brothers STEM Scholarship Fund.

Creating scholarships to honor someone is a way to celebrate the legacy and impact of that individual. The Alexis Legarreta ENLACE Scholarship honors former Mayfield High School cheerleader and ENLACE participant Alexis Legerreta, who died in 2019 of pulmonary arterial hypertension. The scholarship is designed to support graduating ENLACE students from Mayfield who plan to further their educations.

One 2020 scholarship recipient was Gabriela Hernandez, a single parent of three who was awarded the SpringBoard! Scholarship, which is designed for both traditional and non-traditional women in southern New Mexico who are seeking to further their educations.

“It’s been an honor to have been granted this scholarship. Being a single parent, I have struggled to even dream of finishing what I had once started 30-plus years ago.” Hernandez said, “I had to stop attending college and become a parent and provider for my children. I have had to really push myself and demonstrate that it is a rocky road, but if one places time and effort, anything could be possible.”

Applications for scholarships are open until March 31, 2021. One application can be submitted toward eligibility for all 42 scholarships, which allows students to fill out one application to support their potential of being awarded funds.

For more information, visit www.cfsnm.org or call 575-521-4794.