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NMSU College of Education awards record number of scholarships

The New Mexico State University College of Education recently hosted two scholarship programs awarding $245,000 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in education, communication disorders, kinesiology and dance.

The NMSU College of Education hosted its annual scholarship reception last month. More than 100 students were given scholarships, a number that has doubled over the last 10 years. (Courtesy photo)

Twenty students in the College of Education attended the first Shirk Scholars luncheon last month. About $70,000 was awarded to students pursuing degrees in education, communication disorders, kinesiology and dance. (Courtesy photo)

On Sept. 10, more than 100 students and 150 donors, faculty and staff attended the college’s 2015 Scholarship Reception at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Kelley Coffeen, the College of Education’s assistant dean for advancement, said more scholarships were awarded this year to traditional and non-traditional students than ever before.

“It was a wonderful event, and we were very fortunate to see our donors connect with our scholarship recipients. This type of engagement is meaningful for both parties,” Coffeen said.

The amount of scholarships awarded has more than doubled over the past 10 years.

Additionally, College of Education Dean Donald B. Pope-Davis hosted the Shirk Scholar Luncheon on Sept. 22 at the NMSU University Residence. Twenty Shirk Scholars studying education, communication disorders, kinesiology and dance received more than $70,000 in scholarships.

In 2013, the College of Education announced that it was the beneficiary of the Elizabeth Anne Shirk estate, valued at more than $2 million. It is the single largest gift ever received by the college.

Last year, six students received the Shirk Scholarship. Coffeen said that as the estate’s earnings continue to grow, the college will increase the number of scholarships it awards.