New Mexico Tech Scholarships and Endowments
Listed in alphabetical order (by last name for memorial funds).
Since 1976, this scholarship has been made possible through the contributions of generous New Mexico Tech graduates - additional contributions are always welcome.
The Alex Award - see Alexander Jorge Hernandez
Alumni Lifetime Scholarship
Robert (Bob) Schell (B.S. Mining Engineering, 1939) became the first Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association in 1976; the fee was placed in a savings account. Interest on that, along with other lifetime member fees and contributions from generous New Mexico Tech alumni, has been used to support the scholarship. Additional gifts are always welcome.
Cecil Rhodes Amis Memorial Scholarship
Cecil R. Amis (1902 – 1992) was a 1928 graduate of the then School of Mines who earned a B.S. in Mining Engineering. He bequeathed funds (matched by NMT) for a memorial scholarship.
Eligible recipients must be an undergraduate in any major who meets the requirements for a Presidential Scholarship.
Veronica Elena Anaya Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family of Veronica Elena Anaya, who was a former student at New Mexico Tech, to recognize students who plan to graduate with a degree in Technical Communications and whose lives model that of Veronica’s.
Paige Ashman Memorial Fund
This prize was initiated in 1982 by the parents of Paige Ashman in memory of their son. The purpose of the fund is to offer a yearly prize to a graduate student in Metallurgy, an annual undergraduate prize in Environmental Engineering, and to provide money for students and faculty to travevl to professional meetings, fund an annual banquet and banquet speaker honorarium.
Robert and Christina Lochman Balk Fellowship
This fellowship was created in honor of Dr. Christina Balk, a longtime professor of
geology at New Mexico Tech and pioneer of women in science. Dr. Balk passed away in
It is for the benefit of NMT graduate students in the field(s) of sedimentation, stratigraphy, and/or paleontology. The successful graduate applicant (M.S. or Ph.D.) will have a strong academic record and will be interested in pursuing research in the above fields.
Bartlett Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a legacy from Mildred Bartlett, in memory of her late husband, Sidney S. Bartlett (B.S. General Science, 1924), and his parents, Frank G. Bartlett and Mary F. Bartlett.
To be eligible for scholarship consideration, students must be: determined to be in need of financial assistance; full-time, regularly enrolled, with a GPA of 3.0 or better and in good standing; and a junior or senior level undergraduate or first-year graduate student.
Rob Bowman Memorial Fund
This fund was established in honor of the late Robert S. Bowman (1950-2009), who was
a Professor of Hydrology at New Mexico Tech for 22 years.
A Michigan native, he headed west in 1968, settling in at the University of California at Berkeley which he, a National Merit Scholar, had chosen as an alternative to an in-state school. In a physics laboratory there, he met his future wife, Karen Bailey. They teamed up, a teacher and a radio-pharmaceutical chemist, for a series of adventures that ultimately led them to New Mexico. Bowman graduated from NMSU in 1982 with a Ph.D. in soil chemistry. After a short stint in Phoenix, he accepted a professorship at New Mexico Tech in 1987.
One of Bowman's internationally noted areas of focus was the use of zeolites, a type of naturally occurring porous mineral, for water treatment. Bowman employed modified zeolites for the removal of volatile organics from produced water in the petroleum industry and for the in situ removal of chlorinated solvents from contaminated groundwater. One of his crowning achievements was in 2006, when he hosted the International Natural Zeolite Association's quadrennial conference, a weeklong event that brought 150 people to New Mexico Tech from 30 countries.
The fund will be used to assist students in hydrology.
Kay Brower Scholarship
This scholarship was established with a gift from Dr. Donald (B.S. Chemistry, 1960) and Mrs. Katherine McKelvey in honor of Dr. Kay Brower, a Tech Professor in Chemistry from 1956 to 1996.
Eligible recipients are incoming freshmen, with no area of study specified, who demonstrate financial need and have an ACT/SAT score that places them in the top 25% of the incoming freshmen class. Students selected will continue to receive the scholarship until graduation or for a maximum of 5 years.
Kay and Elise Brower Music Scholarship
This music scholarship was established for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students who participate in New Mexico Tech music ensembles. Initially named the Elise Brower Scholarship Fund, it was renamed after Kay’s death in 2014 to honor the couple’s shared contributions to musical life in Socorro.
The Browers were avid supporters of the arts, and were instrumental in founding the Performing Arts Series at Tech. Kay and Elise also played in the Tech orchestra for many years (Kay on cello, Elise on oboe). Elise continues to serve as artistic director of Las Cantantes, founded as a women’s chorus in 1986, and as music director of the Socorro Unitarian-Universalist Church, and teaches piano privately.
Kay, a Professor in Chemistry (1956-1996), made many important contributions to the field of high-pressure organic chemistry, resulting in over 70 publications. Elise earned three degrees from NMT (B.S. Chemistry, 1962; M.S. Chemistry, 1966; and Ph.D. Geochemistry, 1971), but is first and foremost a musician who plays piano, organ, recorder, and oboe, and teaches piano privately.
Recipients must be students in good academic standing who are, or plan to be, active in music ensembles at New Mexico Tech. Read more about the NMT music program here.
Budding (Anton & Anita) Geoscience Graduate Research Award
Anton Budding, a Professor Emeritus of Geology, and his wife Anita (1971, MST), started this award in 1988. It is intended for graduate Geoscience students in good standing.
The award is to be used for one or more of the following purposes:
1. To carry out field investigations in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology
2. As partial or full reimbursement for travel expenses to scientific meetings or to scientific centers for the purpose of using equipment not available at New Mexico Tech
3. To defray other costs associated with graduate research, such as
a) Thin sections, chemicals, maps, etc., or
b) The acquisition or fabrication of special equipment, or
c) Reference material not available at Tech, or
d) Payment for hourly charges for the use of equipment available at Tech
The award is not to be used for normal academic costs, such as tuition and fees, board and room, etc. Room and board may be included only if the award is to be used for purposes 1 and 2.
George P. Burdell Memorial Scholarship
Anonymous donors endowed this scholarship, and asked that it be named in honor of the (in)famous Georgia Tech "student" (see more).
Recipients must be a New Mexico Tech Math or Physics student: undergraduate or graduate student, full or part-time, in good academic standing. If more than one student qualifies, preference will be given to the student who had the highest ACT/SAT score or other scoring mechanism used by New Mexico Tech and who has declared Math as their major. If no Math major student is suitable, Physics majors then become eligible. Freshman are ineligible for this scholarship.
As an additional qualification, all recipients must have been born in the state of New Mexico, including on Native American tribal land, or must have lived in New Mexico since the age of five (5). The award does not automatically renew each year, but is eligible to be awarded multiple times to the same student providing they are selected each year by the committee.
Holm Bursum Endowed Faculty Chair
Holm Bursum III, longtime businessman and resident of Socorro, sought to honor his father (Holm Bursum, Jr.) and grandfather (Holm Bursum) with this lasting faculty chair.
Income from this endowment will fund the salary and benefits, as well as certain research and teaching expenses, for one full-time faculty member, chosen by the Department Chairs of Computer Science and Management.
Class of 1972 Endowment
This scholarship fund has been established for the Class of 1972 to celebrate their 50th Class Reunion in 2022 by supporting current NMT students.
Climate and Weather Consortium
The Climate and Water Consortium features scientists working on cutting-edge research and applying it to the real world. The goal of the Consortium is to improve the New Mexico and south-western economies and industry through interdisciplinary research. The Consortium Director, Dr. Željka Fuchs, envisions the Consortium as: “… an innovative problem-solving center for interdisciplinary research and outreach; bridging biology, physics, atmospheric physics, engineering, hydrology, geophysics, chemistry, applied math, economics, computer science, and education; a way to use science to solve overarching problems of our society, in particular applied to weather prediction, climate change, water management, and high technology.”
Dr. Jon Collis Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship has been established by the family of Dr. Jon Michael Collis (B.S. Mathematics, 2001). He earned a master's in Mathematics in 2003 from Colorado School of Mines and his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2006 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He held a postdoc at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, then returned to Colorado School of Mines as a faculty member. Since 2015, Jon had been a researcher at Lincoln Laboratories, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Part of him still stands: In his two children, who he loved more than he was able to express; in his research, which anonymously benefitted the lives of so many people; in his parents, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews; and in the lives of coworkers and friends who noted that Jon "was always so supportive of everyone and made it a priority to be sure everyone felt included and seen." Read more here.
Eligible scholarship recipients must be full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students in good academic standing and seeking a degree in Mathematics.
Robert Russell Cook Memorial Scholarship
Robert (Robby) Russell Cook (1992 – 2014) passed away during his senior year as a Mechanical Engineering major at New Mexico Tech. He was awarded an Honorary B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Commencement in May 2015.
He was involved in robotics, and completed several science projects throughout his high school years. He enjoyed learning how things worked, and how things were built, from his Dad. He became the family 'fix-it' man; always thoughtful in his response and action.
Robby was an excellent student; hardworking and responsible. During his senior year at Tech, he was a member of the Space Structure Design Clinic Team. He was also interested in Materials, and started as a year-round intern in Summer 2013 in the Materials Reliability Department at Sandia National Laboratories, working on the tribology team.
The family established this Memorial Scholarship in Robby’s honor, to help future students envision and realize the possibilities of the future.
Eligible recipients must be undergraduate or graduate majors in an engineering discipline (incoming freshmen are also eligible) and a resident of Rio Rancho, NM with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Daniel Clinton Cox Memorial Scholarship
This memorial scholarship was established in honor of Tech junior Daniel Clinton Cox (1991-2012), from Los Alamos. This scholarship recognizes a New Mexico Tech student whose love for life and dreams for the future bring credit to themselves and to Tech and who show bright potential for making a difference in the world.
Eligible applicants students are those who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an area of study at New Mexico Tech that will allow them to move into a career in medicine or computer medicine. They must have completed at least 24 credit hours in residence at Tech and have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA. This scholarship is not renewable; however previous or current recipients are eligible to re-apply for an additional award.
Jerrald and Cynthia Durtsche Scholarship
Dr. Jerrald Durtsche graduated from NMT with a Ph.D. in Geoscience (Geophysics) in 1974.
This endowed scholarship goes to students majoring in Earth and Environmental Science (usually in the field of geology or geophysics). It is used to provide financial assistance to help offset the cost of books and/or lab or field trip expenses.
William M. Emillio Scholarship
William M. Emillio (1919 – 1998) was a longtime Socorro-area resident who directed in his will that some real estate be sold and the proceeds be given to New Mexico Tech to establish the scholarship fund in his name.
Mr. Emillio wished his fund to benefit graduate and undergraduate students who have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and who are majoring in mining, extractive metallurgy, geology, and closely related fields.
Dr. Christopher R. Erbes Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family of Christopher R. Erbes, Ph.D. Dr. Erbes (Chris) was a clinical and research psychologist for the Veterans Administration, specializing in PTSD and statistical analysis of data. Chris passed away at a young age and at the height of his career. Chris had unbounded love for his wife and two daughters, his six brothers and sisters, five stepbrothers and stepsisters, and 18 nieces and nephews. He spent his life helping his family and thousands of others. His father (Physics), mother (Geology), two brothers (Computer Science, Chemical Engineering), plus his sister-in-law (Psychology) and her father, mother, sister and brother all attended New Mexico Tech. Chris excelled at sarcasm and board and role-playing games, and was fond of t-shirts, music, movie quotes, beer, and Legos.
Eligible recipients must be full-time sophomore, junior, or senior students in good academic standing and seeking a degree in Psychology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Geology, or Computer Science or be an honorably discharged U.S. Veteran seeking a degree in any field of study.
Ken Fagan (B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1961) and his late wife Margaret "Marge" Fagan established this scholarship to enhance a student's financial award package.
Eligible applicants will be those pursuing a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, full-time and regularly enrolled, demonstrating financial need, and a U.S. citizen.
Gay-Straight Alliance Scholarship
This book scholarship was established by Bryan Edwards, who earned two Computer Science degrees from New Mexico Tech, (B.S. in 1975, M.S. in 1977). The award was created to encourage students to feel that Tech is a place where assistance can be obtained regardless of lifestyle.
Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students in good standing.
Adam M. Goswick Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created to honor and memorialize Adam M. Goswick of Albuquerque, NM, who passed away in October 2014.
Adam was proud of earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and felt himself forever a “Techie.” This endowed scholarship was created to ensure that he remains part of New Mexico Tech forever.
Applicants for this scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students of junior standing who are pursuing a degree in Petroleum, Mechanical, or Materials Engineering. The recipient will receive a one-time award but may reapply for the scholarship for the next academic year.
Maurice R. Greenberg Endowed Professorship
Maurice Raymond Greenberg is chairman and chief executive officer of C.V. Starr, a diversified financial services firm. He also has been the chair of The Starr Foundation, currently one of the largest private foundations in the United States.
This endowment funds a Professorship in a STEM field.
Allan Gutjahr Memorial Fellowship
Dr. Allan Gutjahr was a much-loved New Mexico Tech Mathematics professor and well-known Hydrology researcher. He joined the faculty in 1971 and worked to establish a program in probability, statistics, and their applications. He was one of a handful of researchers who established the field of stochastic groundwater hydrology.
He was chair of the Mathematics Department for three years, Vice President for Academic Affairs for two-and-a-half years, and served for six years as Vice President for Research, stepping down in 1997. He passed away in January 2000 from lymphoma.
This is a one-time cash award for research using mathematical mehtods.
Bobby Haddock Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Bobby Dean Haddock, a former Socorro resident and longtime judge for the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (held annually on the Tech campus).
Bobby and his wife Sallie grew up in Socorro and both are New Mexico Tech alumni with associate's degrees. He volunteered to judge at the Science Fair for 20 years and, as a member of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association of New Mexico (PACA), got the organization involved in sponsoring an award given at the annual Fair.
The scholarship benefits a full-time Electrical Engineering student in good standing;
New Mexico resident preferred.
William D. Henderson Ethical Leadership Endowed Scholarship
Applicants must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate student, in good academic standing, a U.S. citizen, have the status of Junior, and have a financial need as demonstrated by FAFSA. He or she must maintain a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher from NMT or accredited University program by transfer or a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher as a community or two year college program transfer.
In addition, eligibility will depend on the applicant providing evident or testimony of leadership experience by one of the following criteria:
Elected to a leadership position in a high school, college, or college-recognized organization
Recipient or nominee of the New Mexico Leadership Institute Award as a high school junior
A leadership experience considered equivalent by NMT scholarship selection staff.
All applicants that meet the above criteria must submit a one page essay for evaluation.
If awarded the scholarship, the student must maintain a minimum of 2.5 G.P.A. for renewal up to four (4) semesters in the same program.
Lillian Herkenhoff Professorship
The Herkenhoff name has been associated with the New Mexico School of Mines since 1920, when Mrs. Lillian Herkenhoff became supervisor of the campus residence and dining halls, serving terms from 1920 to 1933 and 1941 to 1950. "Mrs. Herky," as she was affectionately known to School of Mines students, was the Grand Matron of Tech residence halls and was regarded as a second mother by the many students she took under her wing. As a young widow who raised four children on her own, Mrs. Herkenhoff became a role model in her era and for generations after. The family has remained deeply connected to New Mexico Tech.
This endowment funds a Professorship in Mineral Engineering in the name of Lillian Herkenhoff as well as providing monies for scholarships and mineral purchases for the Mineral Museum at New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.
Alexander Jorge Hernandez Memorial Scholarship (The Alex Award)
The Alex Award was created by the family of Alex J. Hernandez, in memory of this intellectually curious, questioning, and inspirational Computer Science major who was killed on January 9, 2016 in Socorro.
"Alex was an advocate for peace and love for all on the earth," said Alex's father, Jorge G. Hernandez. "He was one semester shy of graduating as a Computer Science major and he had solid ambitions to start a career in artificial intelligence and biotechnology.
"Alex loved animals, nature, and believed in the power of science to change the world. Alex will be remembered as a kind, gentle, respectful young man, loved by many who will miss his smile and strong hugs."
His family has established a memorial scholarship fund ensuring their son's passion and legacy continues. It is their hope to assist students who shared the same interests as Alex and who have demonstrated a deep-seated desire to change the world through meaningful applications of science and engineering.
Joshua Hill Memorial Fund
Joshua J. Hill (1987-2017) earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with a Minor in Chemistry, in 2010 and then continued his education at New Mexico State University. Joshua started his professional career as an engineer at the Savanah River Site before joining Sandia National Laboratories in 2015.
He had a passion for motorcycle road racing and an enthusiasm for science, especially electron microscopy. Joshua had a sweet personality and was loved by many friends and colleagues.
Josh’s family requested that contributions in his honor be made to NMT’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
Michael Hogan Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Michael Hogan, 20, a New Mexico Tech senior majoring in Computer Science who died from injuries sustained in a rock climbing accident in San Lorenzo Canyon in February 2007. Michael was described as "a highly spirited and creative person with a great love of life. He was an awesome son, brother, and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him."
Students eligible for consideration are undergraduates majoring in Computer Science, who have completed at least 24 credit hours in residence at New Mexico Tech, have a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, and have completed a scholarship application. This scholarship may be awarded in addition to other New Mexico Tech scholarships. The scholarship is not renewable; however previous or current recipients are eligible to re-apply for an additional award.
Charles Javorsky Fund
Charles A. Javorsky, a retired metallurgist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, endowed this undergraduate scholarship in 2006 for a student in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.
According to Javorsky, “I liked the fact that New Mexico Tech concentrates on science and engineering. When I was a student, I was very lucky to get help along the way. I thought this would be a good way to help students complete their education.”
The scholarship is awarded to students in Materials or Metallurgical Engineering disciplines
who have a financial need and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Mel and Elva Jennings Scholarship
Melvin (Mel) A. Jennings (B.S. Chemistry, 1968; M.S. Metallurgy 1978) was chief metallurgist at the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources from 1979 to 1981. Through his career, he worked for ASARCO, Exxon, Echo Bay Mines, and Winters Engineers in Tucson, Ariz. He passed away in April 1991.
This fund, honoring Mel and his wife Elva, benefits a student who is a U.S. citizen and is in the field of Mining and/or Mineral Engineering.
Jillson Memorial Scholarship
This fund was name after father Edwin T. Jillson (B.S. Mining Engineering, 1969) and son Edwin J. Jillson.
Eligible students must be a junior or senior with at least 30 credit hours, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be in the field of Mineral Engineering or Geoscience.
J.J. (Dan) Jones Memorial Scholarship
Dr. James Jordan (Dan) Jones (1939 – 1991) was a Physics professor who was killed in a car accident at the age of 52. He had been a thunderstorm researcher with Langmuir Lab since 1980 and had just been appointed Associate Professor of Physics (to have been effective Spring 1992).
Dr. Jones earned his B.S. at Stanford and his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona at Tucson. He was an avid hiker, bicyclist, and member of the Sierra Club. He was also an active member of the Socorro Optimist Club and supporter of the Young Woman of the Year scholarship program.
Eligibile recipients should be undergraduates majoring in Physics and meet the criteria for a Presidential Scholarship.
Robbie Jones Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Robert "Robbie" Jones, who was a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering when he died in a single-car rollover accident on October 1, 1985.
This memorial recognizes students whose love of life and dreams for the future bring credit to themselves and New Mexico Tech and show bright potential for making a difference in the world.
Eligible recipients must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students who have completed at least 24 credit hours in residence at NMT, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who demonstrate financial need.
Clifford and Ruth Keizer Scholarship
Dr. Clifford Keizer was a longtime chemistry professor at Tech. He and his wife Ruth established this fund in 1996; he passed away in 1998.
Recipients should qualify for the Presidential Scholarship and be majoring in Chemistry or be pursuing a career in science teaching.
Landon B. Keller Special Needs Scholarship
This scholarship was created in honor of my son, Landon B. Keller, to offer additional assistance to any New Mexico Tech student who has a special need as defined under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and may require tutoring or logistical and emotional support to continue his or her education.
Landon was diagnosed, at age five, with autism spectrum disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I recalled how many of my NMT classmates and colleagues also had “spectrum” issues, which were apparent as soon as I walked on campus. Statements like, “He’s brilliant, but he has no social skills” rang through my head. I hoped that someday, if Landon wanted to go to college, then New Mexico Tech could be the place where he could be accepted—just as he is.
As Landon has grown up, he has faced far more challenges than any of his “typical” peers. When he reached high school, I had to accept that his disabilities were too much to overcome for him to attend a typical college. But I also know that the day may come when that could change, because people on the spectrum never function on the same timeline as their typical counterparts.
We’ve launched this scholarship fund campaign to help students who are not part of
the mainstream, but want and deserve a public education like the rest of us. Being
a member of the special needs community has been my biggest life changing experience.
I’ve learned that special needs students work twice as hard to be accepted, and for
them to obtain an education and a degree would only enhance and reinforce their special
place in our community. So I hereby request that my fellow alumni at Tech, its faculty,
students, and any other interested parties, contribute to this groundbreaking effort
to educate adults with special needs who are less fortunate and are not equipped to
advocate on their own behalf. Geza Keller (B.S. Mathematics, 1976)
John and Esther Kelly Scholarship
John M. Kelly was a petroleum engineer with a distinguished career in industry and government service for more than 40 years. He held three degrees from New Mexico School of Mines/ New Mexico Tech: a B.S. in Mining Engineering (1936); a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering (1939); and an honorary doctorate (1963).
Kelly was petroleum geologist in charge of conservation for the Hobbs Proration Office and Lea County Operators/ Committee from 1937-1941. From 1941 to 1945, he was secretary and executive director of the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission and the state geologist.
In 1945, he founded Elk Oil Co., an independent producer, and remained its president until 1961. In 1961, he was asked to serve as an assistant secretary of the Interior under President John F. Kennedy.
He was instrumental in convincing state legislators to place the Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) at NMT; in his honor, Tech named the building "Kelly Hall." In 2001, it was renamed "John and Esther Kelly Hall" in honor of both of the Kellys.
From 1975, until his death in 1977 at the age of 63, Kelly served on the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents. In 1995, Esther set up this scholarship to benefit full-time, regular students who are U.S. citizens and in good standing who have demonstrated superior academic achievement:
Undergraduate - Awarded to an entering student at New Mexico Tech; the recipient must be a graduate of a New Mexico high school, pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering, Geology, or Geophysics.
Graduate - The student is chosen on the basis of having the most outstanding oil or gas recovery project of interest to New Mexico producers in the previous year.
Frank E. Kottlowski Memorial Grant
This fellowship program honors Frank Kottlowski, a much-loved and well-respected geologist who worked at the Bureau of Geology from 1951 until his passing in 2001. During this time, he was Director and State Geologist from 1974 to 1991.
Frank was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and served in World War II as a B-17 navigator and photo interpreter; he flew 22 combat missions. After World War II, Frank received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geology from Indiana University. During his professional career, he contributed greatly to the understanding of a wide range of aspects of New Mexico geology, ranging from economic geology to stratigraphy and structural geology, producing classic papers that are still relevant today. He was described by one of his colleagues as “the single most knowledgeable person of the geology of New Mexico”. He authored more than 200 papers, and served on many state, national and international geological associations.
Students to receive the fellowship are selected from Earth Sciences graduate applicants to the New Mexico Tech Earth and Environmental ScienceS (E&ES) program. Applicants may have research interests in any E&ES specialty, but will be expected to complete a project that is either within the state or of particular interest to the state in conjunction with advisors from both the Bureau of Geology and E&ES.
Note: This fellowship is separate from the New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS) Frank E. Kottlowski Research Award.
Frederick J. Kuellmer Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Kuellmer (1924-1992) came to Socorro in 1952 as an economic geologist with the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, while completing his doctorate at the University of Chicago. He left in 1964, but returned in 1966 to stay.
During his long career with Tech, he served as a Professor of Geology, Dean of Students, Graduate Dean, Vice President of Research and Economic Development, Vice President of Academic Affairs; and (between the administrations of Tech Presidents Stirling Colgate and Ken Ford), Acting President.
This scholarship is for full-time students who qualify for the Presidential Scholarship.
Library Online Resources
This fund was initiated by a gift from Don (B.S. History, 1969) and Rosie Tripp - Socorro community leaders, business owners, and long-time New Mexico Tech supporters.
It has become essential for an up-to-date research library to subscribe to online electronic journals to provide appropriate resources for students and professors to conduct academic research. However, funds for this type of resource are not provided by state monies.
The purpose of this endowment is to maintain online electronic journals for the Skeen Library at New Mexico Tech.
Rosemary R. Markwell Scholarship
Established in 1991 by Dr. Robert and Kathy Markwell, this fund is named after his mother. Dr. Markwell is a physician in Socorro, New Mexico.
Recipients must meet the requirements for a Presidential Scholarship and be enrolled in a pre-medical program.
Matuszeski Graduate Research Fund
This fund was established to help finance the costs of graduate student research, including publication costs and the payment of computer costs after principal funding has terminated.
To be considered, a student is required to submit a proposal of study which delineates the purpose of the project, present status, and estimated costs. The fund is under the administrative direction of the Graduate Dean of New Mexico Tech. Selection criteria are proposal merit and financial need. Only those students lacking other means of support, excluding loans, are eligible for consideration.
This fund was established in 1981 by Leah F. Kennedy in memory of her father, Owen McClay, a pioneer New Mexico oilman. After Leah Kennedy passed away in July 1987, her name was added to the scholarship.
This fund provides assistance for students majoring in Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, or Geochemistry, with an emphasis on petroleum and gas operations.
Robert McNeil Award for the C.R. Keizer Chemistry Summer Graduate Assistantship Endowment
The McNeil Award Endowment honors the memory of Dr. Robert Irving McNeil, whose love for life and learning knew no bounds. He was an alum of New Mexico Tech, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in 1969. Bob credited his Chemistry professors at New Mexico Tech for putting him on the path to further his education and achieve his Ph.D., setting the stage for his long and productive career in research.
It was important to Dr. McNeil to recognize Dr. Keizer as a brilliant teacher and outstanding mentor. Dr. Keizer came to New Mexico Tech in 1964 as the new head of the Chemistry Department and he worked tirelessly to strengthen and grow the Chemistry program at the university. The Robert McNeil Award supports Dr. Keizer's legacy by aiding the Chemistry Department's goal to recruit and graduate more Masters and Ph.D. students.
Established in 1982, the Memorial Scholarship commemorates all the people in whose names memorial donations have been given to New Mexico Tech.
Gifts to NMT serve as a permanent reminder of an interest in the well-being of society through education. Nothing is more meaningful than a gift which contributes to the education of future generations.
Eligible student recipients are US citizens, full-time, in any major, who qualify for the Presidential Scholarship.
Charles A. Millar Endowed Professorship in Astrophysics
To be used for the purposes of establishing and funding a Professorship in Astrophysics to teach at New Mexico Tech.
Charles A. Millar Graduate Scholarship in Physics
To endow a graduate scholarship within the Department of Physics at NMT to recruit and sustain a highly qualified graduate student for the occupant of the Charles A. Millar Endowed Professorship in Astrophysics.
Mills Family Scholarship
Rene and Bob Mills were first generation college graduates who grew up during the Great Depression. Both experienced the loss of a parent at a young age. They met at Caltech where Bob was a graduate student and Rene worked in the Chemistry lab. Both were under the tutelage of Linus Pauling. After Bob earned a PhD at Stanford they moved to Los Alamos, NM where they lived the remainder of their lives.
They loved the outdoors and were active in a wide range of civic activities. A native of Ohio, Bob was well liked, artistic, and made anything he undertook look easy. Rene grew up in the hardscrabble mining town of Jerome, Arizona and graduated high school at the age of 16. She was a trail blazer for women, served on the local school board, and was a shrewd investor. They lived frugally while fully supporting their four children as they pursued their own pathways in higher education.
This scholarship is available to students from Northern New Mexico and to tribal members from throughout the state. Its goal is to enable accomplished students with financial need to graduate debt-free.
Marliss Foutz Monette Scholarship
Marliss Foutz Monette (1965-2016) joined the New Mexico Tech Financial Aid Office in 2000 as an office counselor. She was promoted to assistant director in 2004, and had served as Director since 2014.
This scholarship was established by her family, friends, and NMT colleagues to honor her memory as a strong and caring student advocate with a positive attitude and can-do spirit. If there was a need, Marliss was the first to volunteer to help.
Eligible student recipients must be full-time Junior or Senior class, , in good standing, pursuing a degree in Management.
Robert M. Moran Scholarship
This award goes to a student in Mineral Engineering or a related program. The recipient should be a junior, senior, or first-year graduate student, with at GPA of at least 3.0. Preference is given to residents of New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas.
David Norman Fund
This was endowed fund was established in honor of the late David I. Norman, who was a Professor of Economic Geology at New Mexico Tech for 30 years.
This fund is used for faculty and student expenses to promote the study of economic geology at New Mexico Tech.
Northwest Peace Institute
Conflict Resolution via Sustainable Energy, Civil Engineering, Mineral Extraction and Desalination Systems
The Northwest Peace Institute (NWPI) is an initiative created for the benefit of faculty,
students, and researchers at New Mexico Tech with the purpose of advancing access
to STEM education in all countries of the world. NWPI is dedicated in honor of Gilbert
Mba and Clement Akatali of Ghana.
This foundation is created to provide the means for a student of Native American or Latin American origins, from an economically disadvantaged community in North, Central or South America, or from a Tribal Territory therein, to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program in a mining or geological engineering field offered by the NMT Mineral Engineering Department who, over time, will be able to provide incentives to other young individuals from his /her country of origin to pursue a degree in engineering at NMT. The NWPI is planted as a small “seed” into the Tech community with the ultimate objective to grow to support several students a year.
A secondary objective is to expand this program to individuals living in the nations
of Africa, the Eurasian continent, and Australia / Oceania, wherein said individuals
may be incentivized to return results from their hard-earned talents back to their
hometowns and respective institutes of higher learning.
New Mexico Tech can seize the opportunity to become the foremost US university in pioneering a new economic model for our nation’s foreign policy, built on the idea of providing our friends and adversaries alike the means to lift themselves out of poverty and internal dissension by Macro-Engineering works, equivalent in scale to the Suez and Panama Canals. NWPI's defining statement is based on a principal tenet shared in Judean, Christian, and Muslim faiths: "Meet evil with good, and your enemy will become as your best friend." This foundation in no way precludes or disparages Micro-Engineered sustainable systems, e.g small-scale solar and water recovery plants for small villages; in fact, it encourages such development as a significant fraction of a “Green Earth TechnologicalRevolution”, especially in locales where the rural / urban demographic is much higher than in the US and other First-World powers.
Creation of a Greater Energy Park (GEP): a Pragmatic Solution
A GEP formed within a MEECAPP framework is designed to lift countries up
from Third World status, advancing in one human generation into a "Macro-Economic Entity" of at least one order of magnitude over their current
living standard and international trade status.
The GEP is a peace-justified complex of engineering, desalination, agricultural systems,
and industry utilizing sustainable and conventional energy systems. A directive for
the entire energy complex is the necessity of recycling waste heat and waste brine
solutions into the power infrastructures therein, producing additional quantifiable
electric power and potable water. Accordingly, the United States and other developed
countries infuse massive amounts of capital, physical and social structures, heavy
equipment, training, maintenance personnel, and educational guidance in constructing
world-class engineering works, supplanting precious public revenues otherwise spent
Such designs, unlike the Suez and Panama Canals which were conceived in the 1800's by colonial ambitions of the UK and the USA, are planned to serve inhabitants of the affected countries and regions, and are designed, built, and operated by said inhabitants.
Beneficiaries whose political standing with the US is not always very favorable will share in this new economic engine. The program will commence with groundbreaking e.g. in Cuba, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, North and South Korea, the entirety of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Sub-Saharan nations on the African continent.
Office for Student Learning Peer Tutoring
Successful students take advantage of the free peer tutoring program at New Mexico Tech. Peer tutors are special individuals who care about the success of others and know how to present material in different ways for different learning styles. Donations help us employ more peer tutors.
EB and CF Park Fellowship
Awarded to E&ES graduate students studying mineral exploration or mineral economics.
Patrons of Performing Arts Series (PAS) Endowment
This endowment was established by Dr. Barry Clark in 2008 in memory of Betty Clark, a long-time Socorro arts enthusiast and participant, to help support the cost of PAS concerts and educational arts outreach programs in the schools and community.
Donations of $1,000 or more are acknowledged in the PAS Calendar and Booklet with a photograph, and a memorial concert.
Dr. John S. Rinehart Memorial Endowment
Dr. John S. Rinehart (1915-1999) was a longtime member of the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation. He earned both a B.S. in Education and a B.S. in Physics at Truman State University in Missouri; his M.S. in Physics at Caltech; and his Ph.D. in Physics at the State University of Iowa. Dr. Rinehart published over 100 scientific papers on metal-explosive systems and geysers, and two books: Stress Waves in Solids and Geysers and Geothermal Energy.
The Rinehart family has many connections with New Mexico Tech – one of John’s two children, Eric, earned two degrees in Geophysics (M.S., 1976 and Ph.D., 1979) at Tech. Eric's daughter Elizabeth graduated from Tech with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1999, and her two brothers, Adam and Alex, both took Tech summer mini-courses.
This endowment, named in Dr. Rinehart’s memory, funds a scholarship for an undergraduate majoring in Physics or a similar study.
Dr. Allan R. Sanford Memorial Fellowship
This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Al Sanford (1927-2016), a Professor of Geophysics at New Mexico Tech from 1957-1997.
It is awarded to a full time Geophysics student (undergraduate or graduate) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.
Victor Saracini Memorial Scholarship
Victor "Vic" Saracini, a 1976 graduate of New Mexico Tech (B.S. General Studies), was the captain of United Airlines Flight 175, which was crashed into Tower I of the World Trade Center by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
After Vic graduated from Tech, he served in the Navy, where he trained as a pilot, then worked for United Airlines for about 16 years. He was survived by his wife, Ellen, and two children, Kirsten and Brielle.
This scholarship fund was created in 2004 by two of his classmates to honor his memory. An annual fundraiser has been hosted by the Alumni Association for several years during NMT’s 49ers in October.
Douglas P. Schnorr Memorial Scholarship
In the summer of 1938 Doug drove his Model A from Buffalo New York to study Metallurgical Engineering at the New Mexico School of Mining & Engineering. He learned of the school from an advertisement in the National Geographic Magazine.
Following graduation in May of 1942 he presented himself, along with three classmates, at Kirkland Army Air Base and enlisted in the Army Air Corp. Commissioned as a Lieutenant, he served as a navigator/co-pilot on B-24’s until his honorable discharge at the end of WWII. He went on to a successful career designing power plants in Los Angeles and retired as a commercial land developer in Southern California.
His daughter, Jane and her husband, Bob are pleased of offer this scholarship in his memory. Doug loved his time in Socorro and his education led to a lifetime pursuit of knowledge. We are impressed with the educational opportunities at New Mexico Tech and look forward to supporting students in their education endeavors.
Science and Engineering Fair/Science Olympiad
The New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (NMSEF) develops and administers the premier science and engineering competition for New Mexico students in grades six through twelve, with the intent to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science, and improve student performance in science education. More than four hundred students (over 300 projects) aree invited to compete in the NMSEF from the six regional science and engineering fairs.
Students are recognized for their excellence in project development, investigation, and analysis and discussion of results. The science fair experience lends to learning much more than current science and engineering. Students learn and practice problem solving skills, development and consideration of alternatives, and consequences of action. These are life skills that the students will utilize for many years to come.
John Shipman Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Sally Breeden to honor her brother John Shipman for his lifelong love of learning and in recognition of his many and varied lifetime achievements.
After graduating from Hobbs (NM) High School at the age of 17 as a National Merit Scholarship finalist, John was awarded a Co-op Scholarship to New Mexico Tech. As he started his classes, he found his intellectual home with like-minded individuals. After graduation (B.S. Computer Science, 1971) he accepted a position at Hewlett-Packard in California where he lived for some ten years, but Socorro was never far from his thoughts. He returned to Socorro in the early 1980s, bought a house and was a faculty member of the NM Tech Computer Science department until he retired in 2014.
John’s death in January 2017 affected many people in many ways. He had built a vast network of similarly driven people all over the country and communicated with every individual according to their interests, be that computers or cooking or love of birds or singing with the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus. His interests ran the gamut of subjects and it was rare that he could not add something to a person’s already broad knowledge.
In March 2022, the NMT Board of Regents approved awarding John a posthumous honorary doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering. Read the full story here.
This scholarship is intended to recognize this kind of potential in students who can peer into the future and use their education in the computer science profession to improve lives through technology.
Clay and Sallie Smith Scholarship
Dr. Clay T. and Mrs. Sallie Smith came to Socorro in 1947, when he joined the faculty at Tech. Over his long career, Dr. Smith became an eminent authority on the geology of New Mexico, and was in high demand as a consultant for industry and government. In 1995, he received the Marsden Award from the Society of Economic Geologists for outstanding service to the society and the profession.
This fund recognizes and honors Dr. Smith’s long career in field geology and his 35 years as part of the geosciences department at NMT. His final field adventure was a brisk expedition into the nearby Quebradas, three days before his sudden demise in 2003 at the venerable age of 87.
This fund, established by New Mexico Tech’s Department of Earth and Environmental
Sciences, is used to enhance student field experiences for Earth Science students.
Mickey and Janey Johnson "Starving Student" Scholarship
The Starving Student scholarship was established by Michael and Janey Johnson to assist
students with financial need in pursuing a science or engineering program. Charles
Michael "Mickey" Johnson (1945 - 2017) earned his B.S. in Mathematics at Tech in 1967.
Eligible students must be a full-time undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, pursuing a science or engineering degree, demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA results, and must not be eligible for the NM Legislative Lottery Scholarship.
Summer Math Success (SMS) Scholarship
Degrees at New Mexico Tech start with Calculus, but many incoming students do not
have an opportunity to prepare for Calculus before arriving on campus. The Summer Math Success (SMS) Scholarship enables incoming new students to take a New Mexico Tech distance education Pre-Calculus
Algebra or Trigonometry class the summer before they start as full-time NMT undergraduates.
This course advances their understanding of math and their math placement, familiarizes them with NMT math faculty, and introduces them to some of their incoming classmates.
Dr Howard E. Sylvester Scholarship
There are a few notable people in New Mexico Tech history that shaped the university and students to a degree that their essence has become a part of New Mexico Tech’s character.
Dr. Howard Eugene Sylvester, beloved professor and longtime Humanities Department Chair, is one of these people.
Dr. Sylvester came to New Mexico Tech (then the School of Mines) in 1949 as an assistant professor of English. He quickly advanced to Humanities Department Chair just 5 years later and also served a stint as Dean. However, it is his recognition as New Mexico Tech's first recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award that better captures his legacy than the former titles.
Dr. Sylvester was known for his quick wit and compassion. He is best described by the words of a former student,
Howard was not an English teacher. He was the taskmaster in classes that roamed through centuries of man's recorded ideas and thoughts and aspirations. Howard's students were always enthralled by his ability to communicate ideas, and the fluency with which he quoted a modern or ancient writer to illustrate a point. I will always remember the glitter in his eye and the confirming smile when the quote he gave you more than hit the mark.
Howard was a complete human being with an appreciation of the strengths and frailties of others. I cannot recall a situation in which he didn't exhibit compassion and understanding for the plight of others. He enriched the lives of all those he came in contact with.
Dr. Sylvester's family set up this scholarship to continue the impact Dr. Sylvester had on so many. The Dr. Howard E. Sylvester Scholarship is given to an outstanding Technical Communication student at New Mexico Tech.
Shirley Sylvester Service Award
The Shirley Sylvester Service Award honors Shirley Sylvester, an influential leader whose legacy is woven into the fabric and history of Socorro and New Mexico Tech.
Shirley and her husband, Dr. Howard Sylvester, arrived in Socorro in 1949 after Dr. Sylvester accepted a job with New Mexico Tech's Humanities Department. While Dr. Sylvester was busy making sure NMT graduates were well-rounded and well-spoken, Shirley went to work sowing seeds in the Socorro community.
While involved in many community groups, including AAUW, Socorro Garden Club, Socorro Hospital Auxiliary, and the March of Dimes, helping Socorro's senior citizens was Shirley's true passion.
It was a part of Shirley's essence to identify the work that needed to be done and proceed to not just meet the need but to produce results beyond expectation. Shirley was a charter member of Socorro Senior Citizens and served as the group's first President. She was instrumental in establishing the Socorro Senior Center and spearheaded the design, funding, and construction of Socorro Village, which provided much needed low-income housing for Socorro's seniors.
She didn't stop there. In an effort to make sure the needs of senior citizens continued to be met, Shirley recruited a Chairperson to the Socorro City/County Office on Aging and served as the President of the Good Samaritan Volunteers for 8 years.
Shirley was named Senior Citizen of the Year in 1981 by the Socorro Chamber of Commerce and continued to remain active in the community until her passing in 1994. Shirley's legacy lives on through the lives of her children, grandchildren, and the many lives she touched, and continues to touch, through her years of service in Socorro.
The Shirley Sylvester Service Award is presented to a New Mexico Tech student of outstanding character who exhibits a heart and passion for community service. Students are nominated by faculty and staff and chosen by the Dean of Engineering and Dean of Arts and Sciences based on their demonstrated service activities to the Socorro and NMT communities.
Technical Communication Minority Scholarship
This scholarship was originally established through grants (1984 and 1986) from The Hearst Foundation.
Eligible students must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents), full-time undergraduate students majoring in Technical Communication seeking their first bachelor’s degree who have completed at least 30 credit hours in residence at NMT, and of minority ethnicity.
Eugene Torres Scholarship
Eugene “Geno” Torres (1943-2018) was born and raised in Socorro.; he had many ties to the community and New Mexico Tech. He established this scholarship in 1996 to support students from the local area who have exhausted other scholarship and financial aid options, and need some additional support to complete their bachelor degree.
Eligible recipients must be a graduate of Socorro or Magdalena High School, be a full-time regularly enrolled undergraduate at NMT, and have completed four (4) years of study at NMT in good standing.
W. Paul and Frances N. Winn Scholarship
Professor William Winn of New Mexico Tech’s Physics Department established the scholarship in the memory of his father and mother, W. Paul and Frances N. Winn.
The scholarship benefits an undergraduate student majoring in Physics or Electrical Engineering who meets the qualifications for the Presidential Scholarship.
Marv and Mimi Wolverton Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2017 by Marv (B.S. Mining Engineering, 1970) and Mimi Wolverton, before Marv's 2018 passing.
The scholarship is dedicated to recognizing New Mexico Tech students whose love of learning and dreams for the future bring credit to themselves and to New Mexico Tech.
Barkley Wycoff Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given to students who have made contributions to Economic Geology. The recipient must be studying ore deposits, mineral exploration, or mineral economics.
Don Yardley Fellowship
This fellowship is named in honor of Donald H. Yardley, a longtime professor at the University of Minnesota (U of M) School of Mines and Metallurgy who was an influential mentor of numerous U of M graduates, including Michael "Mike" J. Fitzgerald (U of M - B.S., Geological Engineering, 1957), the main benefactor of the fund.
Donald H. Yardley was born in 1917 in Saskatchewan, Canada. He obtained both his B.S. in Mining Engineering and his M.S. in Geology from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He later went on to earn his Ph.D. in Geology at U of M and taught there from 1951 to 1984.
Fitzgerald visited several universities and their faculty members around the country
before deciding to establish the fellowship at New Mexico Tech. It is intended to
provide financial support for graduate students who decide to pursue professional
interests in ore deposits and mineral exploration. It supports a first-year graduate
student’s expenses in economic and exploration ore studies.