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New scholarship for NMSU business students honors Alamogordo businesswoman

A new scholarship established in honor of an Alamogordo family?s beloved matriarch will support students in New Mexico State University?s College of Business and its community college system.

Portrait of Mary Lou Bloom
Mary Lou Bloom is being honored with a scholarship in her name to benefit New Mexico State University undergraduate and community college business students. (Courtesy photo)

The scholarship fund, which will eventually total $110,000, is named for Mary Lou Bloom, who spent her civil service career at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo and served on numerous boards and committees in that community. The gift from Bloom?s family will provide up to seven scholarship awards each year for students in the NMSU system.

Raised in Albuquerque, Bloom made her home in Alamogordo for 54 years, and served on the board of Otero Federal Credit Union for 20 of those. She passed away in 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Bloom?s son, Harry Bloom, who is also a board member, described his mother as a savvy businesswoman who was a role model and inspiration to those who knew her. He said she had a great fondness for NMSU, where many of her children and grandchildren earned their degrees. Harry Bloom said having this scholarship as part of her legacy would have meant a lot to her.

?My mother greatly admired the people who chose to willingly and graciously make a difference in the lives of others. Through this scholarship opportunity, she is making a difference in the lives of the students of New Mexico State University,? he said. ?She felt that a quality education was something everyone should have, and believed that NMSU was a top-notch university with much to offer its students.?

The Mary Lou Bloom Memorial Scholarship will be awarded on two levels: up to two awards of up to $6,000 each to students enrolled full-time in the NMSU College of Business, and up to five awards of $2,000 each to students enrolled full-time in business majors at NMSU?s community college campuses.

A student selected for either scholarship must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and be a New Mexico resident. Preference will be given to students who are employees of Otero Federal Credit Union or whose parents or guardians are employed there, and who are active participants in community service, especially through St. Albert the Great Newman Center.

?This generous scholarship support in honor of Mary Lou Bloom is just invaluable to the university and its students,? said NMSU College of Business Dean Jim Hoffman. ?Families who are willing to step up and invest in our students by providing scholarships are making a real contribution to their success at NMSU, and I applaud them for that.?

For more information about the current semester award, contact Andrea Tawney at 575-646-4917 or atawney@nmsu.edu. Students may apply for the Mary Lou Bloom Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships through the Scholar Dollar$ program, at https://scholarships.nmsu.edu.