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Haggard named NMSU President's Associates Scholar

Brittany Haggard, from Carlsbad, is one of only 14 New Mexico State University freshmen selected to receive the 2011 NMSU President's Associates Scholarship.

A photo of Brittany Haggard, NMSU President's Associates Scholar from Carlsbad.
President's Associates Scholarship recipient Brittany Haggard. (Submitted photo)

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.

Haggard, daughter of Jason Haggard and Veronica Brewer, graduated from Carlsbad High School and is enrolled in the University of New Mexico/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program. She hopes to eventually pursue a Ph.D. and specialize in oncology pharmacy.

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 Haggard's award is funded by Carlsbad National Bank and Western Commerce Bank.

"I was delighted when Brittany was one of those selected from this year's many bright and talented President's Associates Scholarship applicants, particularly since I am a 1972 Carlsbad High School graduate," said Susan Long, member of the President's Associates Board. "I enjoyed meeting Brittany at the PAS freshman orientation in August and look forward to watching her as she progresses through her undergraduate education and beyond."

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.