Pathways for Engineering: Access to Resources for Learning Scholarships Project

Project Description

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has a total enrollment of 1,824 students. Before taking the initial step toward declaring a degree, most of these students have faced, and overcome, significant barriers and adversity.  A typical NNMC student’s family household has an average income of $18,017, and lives in a rural area with 10.2% unemployment (REDI, 2009).  Most (83%) qualify for financial aid and 80% are first generation college students. Few role models exist for these students in their pursuit of a college degree, and often family members fail to grasp their child’s potential or their need to dedicate time to prepare for classes. As a result, many students must steal time to study and defy the embedded resistance to a higher education. Most students (66%) are, out of necessity, employed in full-time or part-time jobs. NNMC has an unusually high percentage of minority students, including Hispanics (83%), Native American (9%) and females (66.3%).  A third of them are single parents and susceptible to the parental pressures of providing child-care and fulfilling the enormous responsibilities that accompany single-parenting.

Because of the isolation of this region, for men and women who aspire to go to college and who strive to transcend the boundaries of minimum wage and dead-end jobs, NNMC is a highly accessible way out, and a foundation for the way forward.  The goal of NNMC is not only to provide quality education to the region’s minority students, but also to improve their quality of life, in general, by equipping them with all of the tools they will need to excel at different levels.  Scholarships provided through this PEARL grant will allow all recipients to pursue advanced degrees in engineering, or find rewarding and challenging employment in research-oriented industries, which would not otherwise be possible.

The PEARL project is designed to fulfill the major goals of the S-STEM program. By providing students with the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and strongly encouraging and mentoring students to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate degree, this project will help to fulfill a major goal of the S-STEM program, i.e. to improve the educational opportunities for STEM students.  By increasing the retention rate of our students and ensuring that students complete the degree requirements in a reasonable timeframe, this project will fulfill a second major goal of S-STEM, i.e. to increase the retention of students to degree achievement.  By giving students an opportunity to become involved in research projects, offering tutoring and inviting established researchers to visit the programs, this project will fulfill the third major goal of S-STEM, i.e. improving student support programs at institutions of higher learning.  Finally, by stimulating the critical thinking skills of students, engaging students in the process of scientific inquiry and maintaining the quality of the program, PEARL will fulfill the fourth major goal of S-STEM, i.e. to increase the numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of national need. 

The “PEARL” Engineering Scholarship Program Spring 2018

(S-STEM NSF Award 1259993: Pathways for Engineering: Access to Resources for Learning)


1. Since the NSF Grant is ending, we will have very few tuition scholarships available and they will  be for ONLY one semester (the Spring 2018).  All previous scholarships were valid for two semesters.

2. The DEADLINE for scholarship applications is Friday, October 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m. (no exceptions).

3. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements.

4. Refer to the application document for the list of the supporting documents needed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

5. Application should be delivered to the College of Engineering and Technology Administrative Assistant.  Only hard copy applications will be accepted.

6. The student recipients will be announced after Friday, December 15,  2017.

7. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Dr. Ivan Lopez (, Jorge Crichigno ( or Dr. Ashis Nandy (


Award Types: 


·       Tuition Scholarships (up to $2500)

Scholarships will be provided based on financial need.  Academic performance criteria will be used mainly to select the recipients.


Criteria for Eligibility: 

1.  Applicant must be a US citizen, national of the US, an alien admitted as a refugee, or an alien lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence.  Proof will be required if applicant is awarded a scholarship (passport, birth certificate, etc.).

2.  Applicant must be a declared full-time* student in an Engineering Bachelor Program:  Information Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering or Electromechanical Engineering Technology.

3.  Applicant must have PASSED** at least two of the following list of courses:  

i.       Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 110)

ii.     Computer Programming  (EECE 152L) 

iii.    Computer Networks I (EECE 132)

iv.    Introductory Math for Engineering Applications (ENGR 120) 

v.     General Engineering Design (ME 160L)

vi.    Computer Aided Drafting (DRFT 100)

vii.   Engineering Physics I (PHYS 215L)

4.  Applicant must demonstrate financial need. Financial need will be measured by the             

applicant’s FAFSA.

5.  Applicant must demonstrate academic merit. Academic merit will be evaluated based on a minimum GPA of 2.5 and overall academic progress towards the degree completion or previous academic performance.  Applicant must NOT have accumulated more than four final grades equal to C-, D+, D, D-, F, or W in engineering courses (GenEd final grades will not count for this purpose and the Selection Committee may waive this requirement if student demonstrates academic performance improvement in the most recent semesters).


* Full-time status may be waived at the moment of the application, but it will be enforced at all times if applicant becomes a scholarship recipient.

** Any student taking these classes in the current semester of the application can still apply, but the scholarship will be contingent to a passing grade in these classes.


Get an application from the College of Engineering and Technology.   If you have a college email account you should have received one application document in an email. 

"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (NSF 1259993)"

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