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NMSU College of Arts and Sciences announces winners of prize scholarships

The dean's office of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University is pleased to announce the winners of this year's scholarship competitions. The dean's office administers the awarding of several college-wide and inter-college prize scholarships each spring.


Two prize scholarships were awarded to outstanding applicants from the College of Arts and Sciences who completed essays on designated topics.

The Ralph W. Dressel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Cesar Montelongo, a sophomore Spanish major and psychology minor, who wrote essays on the significance of personal accomplishment, talent and the challenges that face different generations. Chelsea Hastings, a senior psychology major with a minor in Spanish, received the Charles E. Stillwell Memorial Scholarship for her application, which included an essay answering the question "what can be achieved for the world and humanity with the degree you are seeking?"

Ruby Rubio, a junior majoring in criminal justice, received the Howard Family Endowed Scholarship for graduates of New Mexico high schools who demonstrate academic excellence at NMSU.

Four prize scholarships were available to applicants in specific fields of study. The John E., Grace E. and John L. Gill Memorial Scholarship for outstanding students pursuing degrees related to medicine in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Health and Social Services and Agriculture and Home Economics was awarded to Jenna Painter, a senior biology major with interests in dental medicine and nutrition. Mathematician Suzanne Galayda was selected to receive the Joaquin O. Loustaunau Memorial Graduate Fellowship, which recognizes promising graduate students in mathematics, genetics and sociology/anthropology. Carla Trujillo, a senior biology major, was the recipient of the S.J. Scheidegger Burke Endowed Scholarship, given to a deserving student in the basic sciences, computer sciences, engineering or business who meets additional eligibility criteria.

The college also awarded Arts and Sciences Scholarships to four outstanding applicants who wrote essays describing how study in their major fields can contribute to humanity. Receiving these awards were Daniel Aguilar in theater studies, Ariel Simpson in geography, Mary Kane in languages and linguistics, and Aandrea Waxlax in biology.

In addition to these awards administered by the dean's office, individual departments awarded more than 650 scholarships to students in their degree programs during the 2007-2008 academic year. More information about prize scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences, including deadlines and application procedures, can be found on the college Web site at http://as-w03s.nmsu.edu/scholarships/students.asp.