Revving up student philanthropy

NMSU Alamogordo proved on #GivingTuesday that giving back is not just for alumni and friends. Led by the campus’ student government, a new scholarship endowment will support their fellow classmates studying in the NMSU Alamogordo automotive technology program.

“NMSU Alamogordo is really stepping up and showcasing that student philanthropy is alive and well,” says Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president for alumni and donor relations. “We would all be so blessed if we could create that same culture across the entire NMSU system, which I know many of us are working on every day.”

To start the scholarship, students, led by John Hurt, created the campus’ first-ever car show in October 2018. The event hosted 10 different car clubs, including 89 stylish cars ranging from dragsters to T-Buckets. 

“We realized by inviting our community to campus and bringing in these beautiful cars, it does a lot of good,” Hurt says, who is now an alumnus of NMSU Alamogordo. “Not only do we get students a few extra dollars to take some classes, but at the same time, we fill a need within our New Mexico communities. In the desert southwest, we are in dire need of automotive mechanics.”

The students’ gift – matched by #GivingTuesday funds through the NMSU Foundation – will soon support students who live in New Mexico and are enrolled in at least three college credits leading to either a degree or certificate from NMSU Alamogordo’s automotive technology program.

“One of the things that these students really get is the need,” says Ken Van Winkle, president of NMSU Alamogordo. “This program equips students for high-quality jobs in the automotive industry. We’re really proud of the fact that our students started this scholarship, and that it’s going to help many of their fellow classmates for years to come.”

The student group plans to host their second car show Sept. 14, 2019, to raise additional funding to grow the endowment. The show accepts all vehicle types and costs $20 to participate, but the event is free to the public. Visit for more information.

Angel Mendez

Top: John Hurt, left, is joined by fellow classmates and NMSU Alamogordo President Ken Van Winkle, right. This group of students started a new scholarship endowment on #GivingTuesday to support students studying in NMSU Alamogordo’s automotive technology program.
Below: NMSU Alamogordo’s student government hosted their first-ever car show in October 2018 to support a new endowed scholarship they started on #GivingTuesday for students studying in the automotive technology program.