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NMSU receives Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship grant to assist non-traditional students

New Mexico State University has received a $40,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to provide Boundless Opportunity Scholarships to non-traditional students.

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NMSU has received a $40,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to provide Boundless Opportunity Scholarships to non-traditional students. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

“The purpose of the grant is to provide need-based scholarships to adult learners,” said Anthony Marin, director of student affairs. “The Boundless Opportunity Scholarships will provide additional support for students who have had a gap in their education – either a gap in secondary and post-secondary education resulting in not entering a four-year college until they are at least 24 years old or had a gap in their college education for reasons of health, family, financial or other non-academic barriers.”

The grant will fund scholarships for 20 students for two years and helps to cover expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies and transportation and commuting expenses. The scholarship recipients will be selected in late July and the funds will be awarded for the fall 2015 semester. Students can apply for the scholarships through the NMSU Scholar Dollar$ program at https://scholarships.nmsu.edu/, which will be opened from June 15-July 15.

Not only will students receive financial assistance with the scholarship, Marin is developing a program to help the recipients succeed and earn a degree from NMSU. He said the programming activities include workshops, one-on-one mentoring and financial literacy training on issues such as student debt.

“Students will receive financial aid as well as tailored academic support services,” Marin said. “These individuals – even when the program ceases to exist – will know they can go to the student success center or the career services office and get guidance and assistance to take full advantage of all the academic resources on campus.”

The Boundless Opportunity Scholarships are a great fit for the NMSU population because the average age of degree-seeking undergraduate students is 24, Marin said. NMSU is committed to student success and retention and the Daniels Fund will greatly contribute to these important efforts, he noted.

The Daniels Fund is a private charitable foundation that continues the legacy of generosity established by its founder, Bill Daniels, through grant and scholarship programs and other initiatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.