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Potential Conroy Scholars visit NMSU campus

Ten high school students from New Mexico and Texas attended Conroy Scholars Day Monday, Feb. 15, at New Mexico State University.

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High school students and their parents enjoy breakfast and conversation with New Mexico State University faculty at ASNMSU Center for the Arts as part of Conroy Scholars Day. (NMSU courtesy photo)

?We look forward to this event, as it is a way to let the students learn in depth about the great opportunities we have to offer at NMSU,? NMSU Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken said. ?They learn about opportunities for study and research, they get acquainted with their faculty mentors, they see our beautiful facilities in the Honors College, and they learn from the students? perspective what the NMSU experience is all about.?

High school students who are national merit semi-finalists or national Hispanic merit semi-finalists are eligible for the scholarship beginning with their freshman year at NMSU. Students? PSAT scores determine whether they will be invited to apply for the Conroy scholarship, which includes tuition, room and board.

?NMSU?s commitment to accessibility and excellence is reflected in the Conroy Scholarship Program, which attracts some of the most talented students in the region,? Executive Vice President and Provost Daniel Howard said. ?Their presence at NMSU enriches the intellectual environment for all students.?

Invitations to apply for the scholarship were extended to hundreds of students in the western United States. Students arrived Sunday and had dinner at Taos Restaurant on campus, where they visited with the current Conroy Scholars and other Honors College students. An orientation was held, at which the students and their families were introduced to the university and the Honors College.

They began their day Monday with a breakfast at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, where each student was paired with one or more professors in his or her area of academic interest in order to learn what to expect as a specific major.

Chaiken said the students? interests range from engineering to pre-med and from computer science to theater.

The scholarship is named for William B. Conroy, who served as NMSU president from 1997-2000. He also served as interim president and executive vice president. While at NMSU, Conroy was a strong supporter of the honors program. He also supported the renovation of the historic YMCA building that was constructed in 1909, and the newly renovated building was dedicated as the William B. Conroy Honors Center in 2002.

Conroy Scholars may choose any field of study as a major. The scholarship is a four-year offer if a 3.5 grade point average is maintained.

The first-ever Conroy Scholars will wrap up their first year at NMSU in May.