Crossing the Aggie finish line

Earning a degree is the unifying goal of every college student. Yet, a study by the National Student Clearinghouse shows a mere 57 percent of students actually graduate. No singular issue serves as the root cause of the trend, but an initiative at New Mexico State University aims to solve one – financial barriers.

In the last few years, donors to the NMSU Foundation have started scholarships that support Aggies in the final semesters of their degree programs, including the Martin Degree Completion Scholarship, the RAYVETS Scholarship for veterans, the RN-BSN Scholarship for nursing students and the Aggie Finish Line Scholarship – which has awarded students more than $34,000 since the 2017-18 academic year.

Angel Mendez


While these students face different circumstances, a financial edge is the constant need among them. Meet some of the recent Aggie Finish Line Scholarship recipients:

"I am the first college graduate in my family. College has been my opportunity to be an example for my children. They have seen how hard it is to go to school and work full-time but that anything is possible when you set your mind to it."

Tawnya M. Hall

"As a full-time student living on my own, it can sometimes be very challenging to pay off school before the semester starts. I also work a couple jobs to pay bills, and I have a mother and two sisters I really love and care for. I will use this scholarship to pay my schooling so that I may move on to complete my degree."

Alejandro Corral Salas

"I’m a Mexican international – originally from Durango, Mexico. NMSU is my start to a new beginning, and after May, I will pursue a master’s degree and become a United States citizen. This is my biggest goal, so I can help my home country in Mexico and see my family again."

Abraham Inzunza

"When I graduated from high school in 2011, I had the dream of one day becoming a pediatric or neonatal nurse. At the time, I was a new mother to my son. I knew completing this goal would be a tremendous challenge for me. Having my childhood dream be so close to a reality is truly an amazing feeling."

Yvonne Hernandez