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Mims named NMSU President's Associates Scholar

Tiffany Mims, who grew up in Colfax County, is one of only 14 New Mexico State University freshmen selected to receive the 2011 NMSU President's Associates Scholarship.

The President's Associates Scholarship is NMSU's most prestigious scholarship. It is awarded to outstanding high school students from New Mexico who demonstrate academic excellence, community involvement and strong leadership potential.

Mims, daughter of Steve and Valerie Mims, is pursuing a degree in animal science at NMSU. Mims works as a technician at a veterinary office and hopes to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Her interests include FFA, debate, rodeo and politics.

The President's Associates program is now in its 33rd year and is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, which includes several NMSU alumni who also received the scholarship as students. The board helps raise the funds for the generous stipend each student receives and organizes a variety of mentoring and career development activities for the scholars.

A portion of Mims' award is funded by the Clayton branches of Farmers and Stockmen's Bank and First National Bank of New Mexico whose support encourages outstanding students from the northeastern part of New Mexico to attend NMSU as President's Associates Scholars.

"My fellow board members join me in congratulating Tiffany on this outstanding achievement and thanking the generous donors who have made her award possible," said Denni Cheney, president of the President's Associates Board. "Tiffany joins other outstanding students from northeastern New Mexico who have previously received President's Associates Scholarships, and we look forward to seeing Tiffany achieve her ambitions at NMSU and in her future career."

Since the creation of the scholarship in 1978, it has been awarded to more than 300 students, representing every academic discipline and every community in New Mexico.