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Fifteen students to receive top academic scholarship at New Mexico State University

Fifteen New Mexico high school graduates, including four from Las Cruces, will be President's Associates Honors Scholars when they attend New Mexico State University this fall.

sident's Associates Honors Scholarship is awarded to a maximum of 15 New Mexico high school graduates each year demonstrating excellence in academics.

There are currently 50 students enrolled at the university as President's Associates Honors Scholars.

Four of this year's recipients are Las Cruces students: Karen Cress, a graduate of Onate High School; Weston Marlow, a graduate of Mayfield High School; and Rachael Marie-Hamel and Benjamin Zemek, both graduates of Las Cruces High School.

Other recipients are Ryan Christopher, of Sandia Park, Audrey Jean Collar, of Roswell, Payton Daugherty and Mason Ray Davis, of Portales, Linda Davis, of Cloudcroft, Nathan Hansen, of Raman, Wesley Hodgeson, of Rio Rancho, Anthony Oliphant and Katherine Willard, of Moriarty, and Megan Janice Weadock, of Deming.

The scholarship pays for tuition and fees, and provides a stipend of $3,250 per year. Half of the funds for these scholarships come from private donations raised each year by the volunteers serving on the President's Associates Board of Directors.

Ann Palormo, senior development officer, said the scholarship began in 1978 with the intention of increasing the level of academic excellence at the university.

"The scholarship was designed to attract honors students from high schools across the state and encourage them to bring their dedication to New Mexico State," Palormo said.

Applicants must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 and an ACT composite of 26, or a high school grade point average of 3.0 with an ACT composite of 28.

The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters, providing the recipients maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 and hold a minimum course load of 14 credit hours their freshman year and 12 credit hours thereafter.

For more information about scholarships at New Mexico State, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~finaid/scholarships.