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Buchanan, Fenton, Lane named NMSU President's Associates Scholars

Ryan Buchanan, Eric Fenton and Abram Lane, from Albuquerque, are three of only 14 New Mexico State University freshmen selected to receive the 2011 NMSU President's Associates Scholarship.

A photo of Ryan Buchanan, Eric Fenton and Abram Lane, 2011 NMSU President's Associates Scholars from Albuquerque.
President's Associates Scholarship recipients Eric Fenton, Abram Lane and Ryan Buchanan. (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.

Buchanan, son of Craig and Christy Buchanan, graduated from Sandia High School and is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and pre-medicine at NMSU.

Fenton, son of Mark Fenton, is a graduate of Hope Christian School and is pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering at NMSU. He also achieved the West Point Leadership Award and was named 2010-11 Gatorade New Mexico Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Lane, son of Dwane Lane and Sheryl Kearby, graduated from Sandia High School. He is an Eagle Scout, is pursuing mechanical engineering at NMSU and hopes to one day work in the automobile industry.

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.

"I was delighted when Ryan, Eric and Abram were selected from many excellent candidates from throughout Albuquerque to receive this scholarship," said Tom Whatley, President's Associates board member and 1977 graduate of Sandia High School. "I enjoyed meeting them at the recent PA Scholar freshmen orientation and look forward to watching them thrive at NMSU. What a fantastic program to help our students attain their dreams and goals."

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. Donors from Albuquerque, including Bradbury Stamm Construction and the Journal Publishing Company, provide support that makes it possible for these students to receive the award.