Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship


How do I apply?


What is it? 

A scholarship for eligible educational assistants and public school staff who want to become licensed teachers. 


How much is available? 

Up to $6,000 per year, which can cover tuition, fees, books, supplies and other costs. 


Eligibility Criteria: 

Let us pre-qualify you for the GYOT scholarships! In an effort to better identify students eligible, we have created a supplementary intake form [insert link] to collect information from potential recipients. Data collected from this form will be used with Banner/myNMSU and Scholar Dollar data in an effort to maximize awards.

  • Must be a resident of New Mexico. 
  • Accepted into NMSU-Dona Ana Community College’s Education or Early Childhood program.
  • Has not earned appropriate educational credentials to be licensed as a teacher by the Public Education Department. 
  • Has demonstrated financial need as verified by the financial aid office through the student's FASFA. 
  • Has worked as a school employee in a New Mexico public school in a position that works directly with students for at least two years and Is in good employment standing with the school.


Scholarship recipients must: 

  • Meet satisfactory academic progress. 
  • Continue to be enrolled at least 6 hours in the program and institution that granted the GYOT scholarship.
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA throughout their participation in the program. Failure to maintain a 2.75 GPA will result in immediate removal of the program. 
  • Earn grades of at least a C or better. A grade of a D or F in this program is unacceptable.



For additional information about this scholarship opportunity and more, contact: 

Mylis Murdock,
Department Chair, Education
Dona Ana Community College