Simon Scholars Program

The New Mexico Simon Scholars Program supports students who demonstrate resilience in the face of economic and life challenges. Our scholars, who are among the first in their family to pursue a college education, embody determination, persistence, optimism, gratitude and enthusiasm. Our community of scholars views higher education as a pathway to a successful and fulfilling life. We strive to facilitate meaningful opportunities for our scholars to better know themselves as individuals, family members, and community members, while assisting them in attaining a college degree.

To facilitate each scholar’s exploration of their personal stories, dreams, goals, abilities, and interests
To develop a strong sense of community and camaraderie among our scholars and staff
To explore and anticipate challenges commonly experienced by students historically underrepresented in higher education
To guide our scholars through the college exploration, application, and selection process
To enable each scholar to form a relationship with a current/recent college student as a tutor and mentor
To assist our scholars in applying for financial aid and additional scholarships
To serve as a resource for our scholars and their families throughout high school and as they navigate the college transition process
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