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$ is currently open! 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.
  • Student must have a completed high school at a public or accredited private New Mexico high school, graduated from a public or accredited private New Mexico high school or received a high school equivalency credential while maintaining residency in New Mexico.
  • Student must enroll at a public post secondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation or receipt of a high equivalency credential.
  • Student must enroll in and earn 15 credit hours per semester at a four-year New Mexico public university.
  • student must enroll in a and earn 12 credit hours per semester at a two-year New Mexico public community college.
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average (GPA) each semester of enrollment.
  • Students with disabilities may qualify for reduced credit hour requirements and additional semesters of the scholarship.

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
Ambient Edge Scholarship  $1000 December 31, 2018
American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program $1,500 December 1
Appliance Repair 512 Scholarship $500 April 1, 2019
Appiloque Scholarship $500 December 1, 2018
Aroma Tech Systems Scholarship $500. December 31, 2019
Automotive Stuff Scholarship $500 December 31, 2018
Bey & Associates  $1,000 January 8; August 1, 2018
Biology Dictionary  $1,000 October 15, 2018
Blue Gadget Tooth $1,000 October 30, 2018
Blue Pay STEM scholarship $1,000 winner, $250 (2 runner ups) August 17, 2018
Blue Stacks Download $1,000 (x3) September 30, 2018
Bradford Legal Scholarship $1,000 December 4, 2018
Career Crawlers $1,500 December 14, 2018
Chairish Scholarship Program $2,500 January 1st & June 30th annually
Child of an American Veteran Scholarship $1,500 December 15, 2018
Child Welfare and Development Scholarship $1,000 January 31, 2019
Choose Best Mattress $1,500 June 29; October 30, 2018
Corban Gunn $1,000 August 2018 “Transparency” Scholarship $5,000 December 15
Custody XChange Single Parents $500-$1,000 August 31, 2018
Danish Sisterhood of America Varies March 1 -Annually
Danley”s Garage Builders Scholarship $1000 November 15, 2018
Daughters of the American Revolution Varies Varies
David Bate Protector of Rights $1,000 July 15, 2018
DBD Law Scholarship $1000 July 15, 2018
Dental Hygienist/Assistant & Humanitarian Scholarship $2,000 July 31 & December 15 – Annually
Don’t Pay Full $500 October 22, 2018
Ecommerce Marketing & Technology Science $2,000 TBA
Facts Chronicle Digital Marketing Scholarship $1,000 July 30 – Annually
Feldco Windows, Siding, and Doors $1,000 January 15; June 15, 2018
Fogsoft Custom Software Development Services $2,500; $1,500; $500 August 20, 2018
Gates Millennium Scholars Varies Annually
GIVA Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship $1,000 September 1 & March 1 – Annually
Guardian Protection Services Scholarship $1,001 November 30, 2018 $1,000 August 1, 2018
Healthcare And Life Sciences Scholarship $1,000 December 31, 2018
High Class Vape Co. $4,000 December 30, 2017; June 1, 2018
HSF General College Scholarship $500-$5,000 Varies
Impact $1,000 December 15, 2017; July 15, 2018
Lalco Residency $500 August 15, 2018
Loch Law Scholarship Program $500 July 31, 2018
Maple Holistics Natural $1,000 September 1; December 29, 2018
Mercedes-Benz $2,000 August 1, 2018
Money Key $2,500 June 30; September 30, 2018
My Millennial Guide Scholarship  $500 August 31, 2018
My Web Hosting Reviews $$500; $300; $200 September 1, 2018 Neighborhood Involvement Scholarship $2,000 December 31 Nursing School Scholarship $1,000 August 31 – Annually
Oppu Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Varies
PinMart scholarship $1,500 September 1, 2018
PTK Scholarship Varies Varies
PricenFees Scholarship $750 August 15 & December 31 – Annually
Reports $1,500 December 15, 2018
Rising Stars: Interior Design & Architecture $2,500 January 1; June 30, 2018
SDBotox $2,000 August 15, 2018
Skincare Ox Beauty & Wellness $1,000 & Organic Beauty Basket January 1; March 31; June 30; September 30, 2018
Sleep Judge State of Sleep Scholarship $1,500 October 30 & November 15 – Annually
Soma Weight Loss Health & Wellness Scholarship $1,000 September 2018
Spolin Law Civil Rights & Criminal Law $1,000 October 15, 2018
Staver Law Group Personal Injury $5,000 December 1, 2018
Straight North STEM $1,000; $250; $250 August 1, 2018
TheBackPackerCo $500 October 29, 2018
The Cooler Reviews Scholarship $1,500 December 14
The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo Scholarship $1,000 December 31, 2018
The Law Offices of George Salinas  $1,250 March 30, 2019
The Prosper Shaked Scholarship  $1,500 August 15, 2018
The SKinner Law Firm Scholarship  $1,000 October 15, 2018
The Villa Escape $500 October 31, 2018
Thomas Law Offices $1,000 January 8; August 1, 2018
Upgraded Points Journey Scholarship  $1000 December 31, 2018
Urban & Taylor, S.C. $1,000 January 8; August 1, 2018
Vape Craft, Inc $4,000 December 30, 2017; June 1, 2018
Volt Lighting STEM Scholarship  $500 July 31, 2018 and December 31, 2018
WebstaurantStore Scholarship $1,500 June 15 – Annually
Weisblatt Law Firm $1,000 July 15, 2018
Welsh & Welsh $1,000  August 1, 2018
Wiley CP Aexcel Accounting Student $500 & Wiley CP Aexcel Platinum Course  TBA
YourSoftball External Scholarship $1,000 December 30 – Annually
Vegas $2,500; $1,500; $1,000 August 20, 2018


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. 

External Scholarships:

  • American Trucks:
    • AmericanTrucks: 4 x $2000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in the traditional building trades such as HVAC, carpentry, electrical, or related fields of study. Two scholarships will be awarded every spring semester, followed by two additional scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester each year
  • American Muscle:
    • AmericanMuscle: 4 x $2000 scholarships for students pursuing an automotive themed major(mechanical engineering, robotics etc.) Two scholarships will be awarded every spring semester, followed by two additional scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester each year
  • Extreme Terrain:
    • ExtremeTerrain: 2 x $3000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems. One scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester and another for the spring semester each year.

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