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NMSU Foundation sets fundraising record, increases support for student scholarships

The New Mexico State University system, which is in the midst of its “Ignite Aggie Discovery” fundraising campaign, broke its own annual fundraising record by nearly $2 million during the recently completed fiscal year.


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New Mexico State University students Mayra Camarillo, left, and Larry Jackson participated in the student launch of the Ignite Aggie Discovery comprehensive campaign in April at the duck pond. NMSU broke its own annual fundraising record by almost $2 million dollars. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

More than $21 million was raised between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, an improvement of $1.9 million – almost 10 percent – from the previous year.

“We have an outstanding team at University Advancement,” NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said. “They work together with everyone – faculty, deans, department heads, and other university leaders throughout the NMSU system to raise the funds necessary to benefit our students and advance our mission. It’s a marvel to see them in action, working with our university investors.”

NMSU Foundation President Andrea Tawney said the fundraising work of the entire NMSU system has never been more important to students across New Mexico. For the first time in the history of the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship, in-state students receiving the scholarship are only receiving 60 percent of tuition costs for the 2017-2018 academic year, compared to 90 percent the previous year.

“Our students throughout the NMSU system rely on these scholarships to help them achieve their educational goals and make a better life for themselves and their families,” Tawney said. “Many of these scholars would be unable to attend college at all without support from the many full and partial scholarships that the NMSU Foundation is able to offer them thanks to the generosity of our donors.”

According to NMSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, 63 percent of all full-time students received some form of financial aid.

“We have many students throughout the NMSU system who are the first in their families to attend college,” Tawney said. “They are often working to make ends meet while they’re trying to focus on earning their degrees. Opportunities like our Aggie Finish Line Scholarship for students in their final semesters can help relieve some of that stress and allow more of our students to succeed.”

The NMSU system’s $125 million campaign extends through 2019 and is the largest cash campaign in the university’s history, with a goal of adding $50 million in scholarship endowments to support student success. Tawney said the university system hopes to continue its record fundraising momentum during Giving Tuesday 2017, a 24-hour push on Tuesday, Nov. 28, to add millions to those scholarship coffers in just one day.

“The work of supporting our students belongs to everyone on each of our campuses across the state,” Tawney said. “Our fundraising team does its part by empowering our students to focus on earning their degrees and stepping out into the workforce debt-free. I’m inspired every day by the hard work that each of them puts into creating these opportunities for students.

“I’m also incredibly proud of the generosity of our Aggie donors who recognize the potential in our students and know that investing in their success has far-reaching impact for New Mexico and beyond,” she added. “We love to see more and more of our alumni giving back to NMSU, because every gift we receive – no matter the amount – becomes more powerful when it’s part of the collective impact of our campaign. In this way, small gifts makes a big difference.”

To learn more about the Ignite Aggie Discovery campaign, visit ignite.nmsu.edu. For information on Giving Tuesday 2017, visit support.nmsu.edu.

To apply for scholarships at NMSU, visit scholarships.nmsu.edu, the only location needed for applying, processing and awarding scholarships at NMSU.