How to Apply


UBMS is funded to help first-generation and low-income students succeed in high school and get into college. To be eligible for the program, students must:

  • EITHER meet US Department of Education’s Income Guidelines
  • OR qualify as first-generation college-bound (neither parent/guardian holds a bachelor’s degree)
  • Demonstrate an interest in attending college to pursue a degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Techniology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Demonstrate an academic or social need for program services
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Attend (or plan to attend) one of the following high schools:
    • Highland High School
    • Manzano High School
    • West Mesa High School

To Apply

1. Online application form:


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You can download the printable version of the applications here: English, Español.


2. Submit a Writing Sample

Submit a writing sample by email to kurtis.griess@nmt.edu. You MUST choose from ONE of the following topics for your essay. Your essay will be used to judge your writing ability. In addition, we hope to gain a better understanding of your academic and career interests. Please note, we do not expect a formal research paper; instead, we want a well-written and detailed essay based on your knowledge, interest and understanding of ONE of the topics listed below. Your essay needs to be between 250 – 500 words. Remember, it is always to your advantage to have your paper proofread before submitting the final copy!

  • GPS (global positioning satellite) technology
  • Hybrid cars
  • Physics of throwing a baseball
  • Space exploration
  • DNA mapping
  • Robotics
  • Statistics in every day life
  • Future of the internet
  • Building a computer
  • Medical research
  • Programming video games
  • Steroid testing in sports
  • Computer graphic animation
  • Importance of math in science & technology
  • Engineering behind America's freeway system
  • Water pollution
  • Relevance of chemistry in everyday life
  • Other - you may choose your own topic as long as it deals with a math, science, engineering or technology issue


3. Math/Science Teacher or Counselor Recommendation

Provide us with the email address of a math/science teacher or counselor that you want to recommend you for the program. You should ask them ahead of time if they are willing to recommend you. Include the email of the teacher or counselor on your appliation in part 1 listed above.


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