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
Consideration or nomination for a scholarship requires a Scholar Dollar$ application be submitted each year.
The State of New Mexico encourages residents to continue their education in New Mexico post secondary institutions by providing state-funded scholarship opportunities.
- Legislative Lottery Scholarship
- New Mexico Scholars
- Transfer Achievement Scholarship – For students transferring from DACC to NMSU
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.
- 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
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.
Beware of Scholarship Scams
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Scam Warning Signs:
- You have to pay a fee
- Money-back offers or guarantees
- Provides “exclusive” information
- Federal Trade Commission
- U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General
- Better Business Bureau
Sources of Aid
- College Board
- College Scholarships.org
- Federal Student Loans
- Peterson’s College Search
- School Soup