AIP Scholarships

The American Indian Program Family of Scholarships

Determining Eligibility for Need-Based Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services establishes a budget based on projections of what it will cost you to attend New Mexico State University for a year. Your resources will be subtracted from your budget. The amount of money that is not covered by your own resources is your need, sometimes referred to as your eligibility. In other words,


Many factors go into figuring a student’s resources when determining eligibility. Some elements in the calculation are the student’s savings, wage earnings and other sources of support (such as scholarships and veteran’s benefits), the income and assets of the student’s family, the number of family members and the number who are currently in college.

Many students receive a combination of different types of aid rather than just one kind. You may be given work-study, grant and loan money for the same year. If you qualify for multiple types of aid, your financial aid adviser at NMSU will assemble an aid package.

All of the American Indian Program Scholarships are a small, supplemental scholarship to help reduce the unmet financial need. The process of attaining the AIP Scholarships are based on many factors that include need as presented above, a 2.0 cumulative and previous semester GPA, a completed FAFSA on file with Financial Aid, and a complete profile on ScholarDollar$ for the academic year. Individual scholarships have other requirements, please view them below.

AIP Freshman/First Time Scholarship

The American Indian Program First Time Scholarship (FTS) is for those students who are new to NMSU or new to utilizing the American Indian Program. This FTS scholarship, to help bridge students to achieve the AIP Scholarship which is based on participation. The FTS is a one-time only scholarship, to help supplement the needs of our new students to bring them into the community of the American Indian Program.

The application will be here when available

AIP Distinguished Public Service Scholarship

The American Indian Program Scholarship Distinguished Public Service scholarship is for those students who are serving as leaders in student organizations on campus who make positive change at the university. Students will be nominated for the award based on the accomplishments they make and continued participation in the American Indian Program. Students will be nominated in the Fall Semester and Spring Semester.

Application review process takes 2 – 3 weeks:

  • Applications will be announced when the scholarship is available.
  • Completely fill out the application, incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Turn in your application before the deadline, late applications will not be accepted.
  • Registering with Scholar Dollar$ is a part of the process.
  • Notification will be sent via NMSU E-mail system. Be sure to check your NMSU E-mail account.
  • Just as a reminder, submitting an application does not guarantee a scholarship award.

If you have questions or need more information regarding this scholarship, please feel free to contact the American Indian Program.