The Rural Student Project (RSP) was established at The University of New Mexico to identify, recruit, and support students from rural New Mexico communities. RSP will provide a financial stipend for rural students during one academic year to assist them in achieving their educational goals while also helping them create roots in Albuquerque and UNM community. As an RSP scholar, you will have the opportunity along with other scholars to volunteer in Albuquerque, gain experience outside the academic realm, meet community members and make an impact in your new hometown.


The Rural Student Project is looking for students whose hometown population is lower than a population of 50,000 or be from a subdivision community of an area with no more than 2,500 people.

To be eligible to participate in the Rural Student Project you must:

1) Must be admitted and enrolled as a full-time student (min. 15 credit hrs.) at the University of New Mexico during the current school year.

2) Must be an undergraduate student, beyond freshman year.

3) Must have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and demonstrate financial need.

4) One of the following statements must apply to you.

a) Student must have graduated from a high school in a rural community.

b) Or student must have resided in a rural community in New Mexico within the last year.


As a Rural Student Project Scholar, you will receive:

* Supplemental Financial Assistance ($1000/semester)

* Community Engagement Experience

* Resume Building

* Horticulture and Agricultural lifelong skills

* Networking opportunities within Abq. Agricultural community


Scholars agree to participate in the Rural Student Project for one previous academic year. RSP Scholars are required to:

* Complete 40 hours of community service per semester at Sanchez Farms Open Space.

* Attend a Fall & Spring program overviews.

* Attend three workshops per semester.

* Maintain a minimum of full time status at UNM (15 credit Hours)

* Maintain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A.