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NMSU scholarship recipient plans to give back to hometown community

Ricki Grimes wants to take the knowledge she has received at New Mexico State University and put it into use in her hometown.


Grimes, a senior at NMSU majoring in elementary education, has decided to pursue a teaching position in her hometown of Farmington, N.M. She said she believes it will be good to start her career with the support of her family and friends and also noted the quality of Farmington schools.

"I believe Farmington has some of the best schools in the state and I would be happy to work at any of them," Grimes said. "I hope that by working at one of these schools I will not only learn, but also improve myself as a teacher."

Grimes has been named the recipient of the Janaan Diemer Endowed Student Teaching Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled in the NMSU College of Education, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and be in the process of performing their student teaching semester.

Grimes didn't intend on becoming a teacher when she started attending NMSU. After pursuing a degree in chemistry, she felt unsatisfied and resolved to find a more fulfilling line of work.

"It was not that I wasn't interested in the subject or that I could not handle the work, it was just that I could not see myself in the future I had chosen," Grimes said. "This decision to change my future career goals was one of the hardest decisions in my life."

However, Grimes believes that the choice was for the best and thinks NMSU has prepared her to excel as a teacher.

"As I began to consider different options I took some jobs tutoring chemistry," Grimes said. "I found myself doing something that I loved. After much consideration and thoughtful conversation I decided to change my major to education. NMSU has provided me a foundation in teaching that I will build on for years to come."

Grimes also has received the Homer W. Heathman Jr. Endowed Scholarship, the Edgar M. Kugler/Phi Delta Kappa Endowed Scholarship and has been on the College of Education's Dean's List from Spring 2006 to Fall 2007.