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NMSU College of Business awards $272,652 in scholarships for 2019-2020

With support from donors, the College of Business at New Mexico State University will award 130 scholarships – totaling $272,652 – to an estimated 185 students for the 2019-2020 academic year. The total reflects an overall increase from the previous academic year.


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Caleb Gattis, a business student at New Mexico State University, speaks during the College of Business’s annual scholarship luncheon Oct. 4 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Gattis is one of an estimated 185 business students who have received scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. (Courtesy photo by Jack Diven)
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Jim Hoffman, dean of the College of Business at New Mexico State University, stands with Margaret Hardin, the college’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna, at the college’s scholarship luncheon Oct. 4 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. (Courtesy photo by Jack Diven)

The college celebrated its donors and scholarship recipients during its annual fall scholarship luncheon Friday, Oct. 4, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

“This is an opportunity for us to show our donors how much we value their support and how their generosity is making a difference in our students’ lives,” College of Business Dean Jim Hoffman said. “Student success is our top priority. But that’s often contingent on financial assistance, and scholarships can be game-changers for many of our students.”

The college offers more than 150 scholarships for undergraduate business students and more than 30 for graduate and doctoral business students, Hoffman added.

“The luncheon is a great display of the culture of student support surrounding the College of Business. We are grateful to all our donors who demonstrate what is possible with education and model generosity in success by giving back to student scholarships,” said Tina Byford, interim vice president of University Advancement.

During the luncheon, Caleb Gattis, an undergraduate business student and recipient of James R. Hanssen Endowed Scholarship, shared how scholarships helped him attend NMSU.

“I grew up here in Las Cruces, and I was raised by a single mom. And while she had great success in her career, I saw some of the challenges that she faced since she didn’t have a college education,” Gattis said. “I knew I wanted to go to college, but I had to pay for it myself – which I’m really grateful for because I have a better appreciation for the value of my education.”

Since the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship didn’t cover all of his college expenses, Gattis also applied for other scholarships offered by the College of Business and took out student loans.

“With that financial assistance, a majority of which is scholarships, I’m able to pay for my school in full, and it’s really allowed me to get the most out of my education,” said Gattis, who expects to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance.

Margaret Hardin, the 2019 Distinguished Alumna for the College of Business who created the Stephen Hardin Endowed International Travel Scholarship in honor of her father, also spoke at the luncheon.

“My career has taken many unexpected turns since graduating from NMSU, not the least of which is the globalization of companies in many industries and at many sizes. In choosing how I wanted to support New Mexico State, I wanted to provide a student the opportunity to view the globalization of trade first hand,” said Hardin, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in economics and business computer systems in 1994 from NMSU.

After earning a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, Hardin started her career at Procter & Gamble. She later joined the start-up company Munchkin, Inc., where she served as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer and president, helping double the company’s revenues.

In 2013, she moved into her current position as the chief operating officer for Ergobaby, a company that designs award-winning baby carriers sold in more than 70 countries.

For more information about scholarships offered by the College of Business, visit https://business.nmsu.edu/students/other/scholarships/.