Scholarships Fund Your Future

The Doña Ana Community College Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services offers a wide array of scholarships to assist a diverse student population pursuing a higher education. As an open-door institution, our office is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to students regardless of personal, economic, or social conditions.  As most of the scholarships require you to demonstrate financial need you are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  All Doña Ana Community College Scholarships will be awarded based on completion of the Scholar Dollar$ Application.

The 2017-2018 Scholar Dollar$ is currently open!

The 2018-2019 Scholar Dollar$ will open October 1, 2017, and remain open year-round. Priority deadline for the Scholar Dollar$ is March 1st; those who submit their application before March 1st will be given priority scholarship consideration.

Many of our scholarships require students to:

  • Be NM residents
  • Have graduated from a NM high school or received a NM GED
  • Be admitted to DACC in a degree-seeking program
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress or varying GPA requirements
  • Eligibility and renewal criteria vary

Scholar Dollar$ Application  DACC Scholarship List

Consideration or nomination for a scholarship requires a Scholar Dollar$ application be submitted each year.

State Scholarships

The State of New Mexico encourages residents to continue their education in New Mexico post secondary institutions by providing state-funded scholarship opportunities.



The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship is automatically awarded to qualified students beginning the second semester of the student’s first year at a post-secondary institution.  No application is required; however, the Doña Ana Community College Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships strongly recommends that students complete the FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The scholarship amount for all students is the same.  The amount of the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship is set annually by June 1st by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) and will only be applied to tuition.  Students are responsible for any additional unpaid tuition and fees, unless other scholarships or grants cover these.

Qualifying for the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship:

  • Be a New Mexico resident.
  • Enroll in college the semester immediately following (1) graduation from a New Mexico high school, (2) earn a New Mexico certificate of completion, or (3) receive a New Mexico high school equivalency credential. Home-school students must have a high school equivalency credential dated prior to the entering semester.
  • Be degree seeking.
  • Pass 12 new graded credit hours at a community college (15 at a 4-year institution) by the end of the first semester.
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA or greater for the first semester.

Maintaining Eligibility:

  • Complete 12 new graded credit hours (15 at a 4-year institution) each semester.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater after the first qualifying semester.

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship LEGACY STUDENTS  

  • If a student has received at least three (3) semesters of the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship by Spring 2014, the student is considered a LEGACY student.
  • LEGACY students are required to complete successfully 12 “new” credit hours each semester and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • LEGACY students are eligible to receive the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship for eight semesters

*This scholarship is valid for seven semesters (three semesters at a 2-year institution and transferable to a 4-year university), or until a bachelor degree is earned, whichever comes first.  The rules and regulations for the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship for all students, LEGACY or otherwise, are determined by and subject to change by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Legislature.


Provided below is information regarding External Scholarship Opportunities. Reminder: deadlines, requirements and award amounts will vary


Scholarship Name Award Deadline
$2,000 Get A Boost Scholarship $2,000 December 31, 2017
24 Hourly Dentist Spreading Smile Scholarship $1,000 Varies
AISES Scholarships  Varies Varies
AAMN Scholarships  Varies Varies
American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program  $1,500 June 1 & December 1
BedSheetAdvisor Annual Scholarship  $1,000 November 15 – Annually
Best 1x Scholarship  $1,000 September 1, 2017
Brennan Law Scholarship $500 December 15, 2017
Bruno NALU 2017 Civil Justice Scholarship $1,000 December 15, 2017
Central Infusion Alliance $1,000 June 1, 2018
Child Car Seat Scholarship Program $250-$2,500 December 5, 2017
Child of a Disabled Veteran Scholarship $1,000 December 15, 2017
Choosy Traveler’s Study Abroad Scholarship $1,000 December 31, 2017 “Transparency” Scholarship $5,000 December 15
Danish Sisterhood of America Varies March 1 -Annually
Daughters of the American Revolution Varies Varies
Dental Hygienist/Assistant & Humanitarian Scholarship $2,000 July 31 & December 15 – Annually
Devconhomesecurity Annual Scholarship $2,500 August 15
Dorothy Budney Memorial Scholarship Varies November 15
Facts Chronicle Digital Marketing Scholarship $1,000 July 30 – Annually Scholarship $1,000 September 1, 2017
Gates Millennium Scholars Varies Annually
GIVA Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship $1,000 September 1 & March 1 – Annually
GOStartABlog’s Young Writers Scholarship $1,000 March 18, 2018
GreenAir Cleaning Environment Scholarship $500 May 31, 2018
Green Building Technology Scholarship $1,000 December 31, 2017
Health Spawn Annual Scholarship $1,000 December 14, 2017
Hildebrand Law, PC Civil Justice Student Scholarship 2017 $1,000 December 15, 2017
Honest. Wild. Beautiful. Scholarship $2,000 September 30, 2017
Hooked To Books Scholarship $2,000 December 20, 2017
House Tech Scholarship $1,000 October 1, 2017
HSF General College Scholarship $500-$5,000 Varies
Internet Marketing Scholarship Varies September 1, 2017
Kamper Estrada Helping Families Scholarship $500 December 15, 2017
Krist Law Firm, P.C. National Scholarship $10,000 December 1, 2017
Lalco Interiors Scholarship $500 May 15, 2018
Loch Law Scholarship Program $500 July 31, 2018
Lorona Mead Commitment to Excellence Scholarship $500 December 15, 2017 Scholarship $1,000 November 30, 2017
Medical School Scholarship $2,500 November 30, 2017
Needle & Ellenberg: Adversity and Achievement Scholarship $500 September 1, 2017 Neighborhood Involvement Scholarship $2,000 December 31
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Varies Varies Nursing School Scholarship $1,000 August 31 – Annually
Okun, Oddo & Babat Scholarship $1,000 December 15, 2017
Oppu Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Varies
Parenting Pod Annual Scholarship $1,000 July 31, 2017
PayScale’s Annual Women in STEM Scholarship $2,500 December 31, 2017
PetCareUp Scholarship $1,000 September 30, 2017
Pet Vacuum Lab Scholarships $1,000 December 31, 2017
Piilows For Life Scholarship $1,000 December 15, 2017
Point Foundation Scholarship $3,700 See website
PTK Scholarship Varies Varies
Price4Limo Transportation Innovation Scholarship $1,000 January 1, 2018
PricenFees Scholarship $750 August 15 & December 31 – Annually Scholarship $1,000-$2,500 December 30, 2017
Puppy Wire Scholarship $500 December 31, 2017
ResumeGo Scholarship $3,000 December 1, 2017 Personal Finance Scholarship $1,000 December 30, 2017
RN to BSN/MSN Challenge Scholarship $1,000 September 1, 2017  “Happiness” Scholarship $500 December 10 – Annually
Sleep Judge State of Sleep Scholarship $1,500 October 30 & November 15 – Annually
Smiles in the Community Scholarship December 15, 2017
SpearGearStore Scholarship $1,500 July 30, 2017 & December 29, 2017
Staver Law Group National Scholarship $5,000 December 1, 2017 Scholarship $1,500 December 14, 2017
The Expert Institute’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship $1,000 December 31, 2017
Transtutors Scholarship $1,000 November 30, 2017
Travel Nurse Source Scholarship $2,000 October 13, 2017
Trusted Picks Business/Marketing Scholarship $1,000 August 31, 2017
UnBoxing Deals Digital Marketing Scholarship $1,500 July 25, 2017
Veterans & Military Family Scholarship $1,000 December 15, 2017
Veterinarian Science Scholarship $500 July 31, 2017
WebstaurantStore Scholarship $1,500 June 15 – Annually
“Work Smarter” Scholarship $500 October 31, 2017
WSS Digital Marketing Scholarship $500 December 15, 2017
YourSoftball External Scholarship $1,000 December 30 – Annually
Zachary Eiland Lansford Memorial Scholarship $800 See site


Scholarship Essays

Need help writing a scholarship essay? Many scholarship applications may require an essay submission.  Prior to submitting an application be sure to check the scholarship requirements. 

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