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Annual President’s Golf Tournament Underway

NMT President Stephen Wells (right) and New Mexico State Senator Howie Morales

New Mexico Tech President Dr. Stephen Wells (right) and New Mexico State Senator Howie Morales (left)

 

23rd Annual President’s Golf Tournament Underway
This year's event raises over $190 thousand for student scholarship fund

 

25 Years of New Mexico Tech Leadership: former NMT President Dr. Dan Lopez (L) and current NMT President Dr. Stephen WellsSOCORRO -- The 23rd Annual New Mexico Tech President’s Golf Tournament is underway at Tech’s 18-hole on-campus course. The tournament is taking place this Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15.

 

This year 78 teams have registered to play over three flights - one Thursday and the other two Friday. The tournament has raised more than $190,000 this year to help Tech students complete their degree program and reached $156,000 last year. Over the years, the President’s Scholarship Fund has helped 380 students finish their degrees. Tech has distributed more than $655,000 in scholarships to those 380 students.

 

The tournament has raised more than $3 million over its history, meaning this scholarship fund will remain healthy and helping Tech students for years to come. During the 2015-2016 school year, this fund helped 34 students with $78,222 of scholarship funding.

 

The 2017 tournament marks its second year being hosted by NMT President Dr. Stephen Wells, who is happy to see the tournament grow under his watch.

 

“This is such a great event and it supports such an important group of students,” President Wells said. “We’re all proud to see the tournament grow this year and allow us to assist as many of our students as possible. This tournament is a tremendous way for people to enjoy one of New Mexico Tech’s most pristine venues. None of this would be possible without the generosity of our sponsors.”

 

The tournament was started by former NMT President Daniel H. Lopez to meet the financial needs of students at Tech who have run out of financial aid and exhausted other sources to cover tuition expenses. This tournament allows students who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to complete their degree program.

 

The difficulty of the university’s curriculum often contributes to student’s financial challenges. Most undergraduate students at the state-sponsored science and engineering school take at least five years to complete a bachelor’s degree. In 2015, about 15 percent of the graduates finished in four years.

Since most government scholarship programs, such as the Lottery Scholarship, only fund four years of university study, the President’s Scholarship Fund typically helps fifth-year students complete their degree work.

 

The fund also helps other disadvantaged students. For instance, after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005, the fund helped three students transfer from waterlogged campuses in Louisiana to New Mexico Tech. The Financial Aid office refers students in need to one of the Vice Presidents who then makes a recommendation to the President.