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NMSU Honors College receives $10,000 for President's Associates scholarship

The New Mexico Land Title Association and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority presented the New Mexico State University Honors College with a $10,000 check on Sept. 1 to support NMSU's Chili Currier Scholarship Fund, one of 39 endowments that support the President's Associates scholarship.



Nigel Holman, assistant dean of the honors college at New Mexico State University; Teri Baca, homeownership representative for the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority; Denni Cheney, president of the President's Associates board; Steve Parsley, president of Dona Ana Title Company and Scott Ackleson, executive vice president of Dona Ana Title Company, gathered together at the Conroy Honors College at NMSU on Sept. 1 to celebrate the $10,000 gift given to the college to support NMSU's Chili Currier Scholarship Fund. (NMSU photo by Kristina Medley)

The Chili Currier Scholarship has been awarded to President's Associates scholars in the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the NMSU College of Business annually since 2004.

"I have seen the difference the scholarship makes in opportunities these students have," said Denni Cheney, president of the President's Associates board. "We try to recruit the very best students actively to NMSU. Those students are also being actively recruited by other universities. This scholarship fund allows us to provide those students with competitive scholarship offers. It's a valuable recruitment tool."

The NMLTA has been adding $90,000 to many of the 12 colleges in New Mexico that receive the endowments this fall. Contributions to the NMMFA Land Title Trust Fund total just under $3 million to date, with 10 percent of the funds allocated to support higher education through the Chili Currier Scholarship Program.

The Chili Currier fund began in the 1980s with a $100 donation from Mike Currier, who won the money as a door prize at the NMLTA Annual Convention and decided to start a scholarship fund in the name of his father, George "Chili" Currier.

"It's very cool how the fund started with $100," said Steve Parsley, president of Dona Ana Title Company. "The Land Title Association has gone to new heights since then to help create awesome opportunities for New Mexico students to have superior education."

The NMLTA also supports an affordable housing fund managed by the NMMFA. It is funded by interest earned on monies held by title companies and other entities that maintain escrow accounts and participate in the program.

In Dona Ana County, the title companies which have participated in the Land Title Trust Fund are Dona Ana Title, Southwestern Abstract & Title, Las Cruces Abstract & Title and Mesilla Valley Land & Title.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for New Mexico businesses to come together to make a big difference in the lives of New Mexico students," said Teri Baca, homeownership representative for NMMFA.

For more information, contact the New Mexico Land Title Association at 888-656-6582, or the NMSU Honors College at 575-646-4033.