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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 2018-2019 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 academic year (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters). RSP Scholar are required to:

* Complete 30 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.


Applications must be completed online and supporting documents must be uploaded online by May 25th, 2018.

Completed applications submitted after this deadline will be considered, but preference will be given to qualified applicants who have met the deadline. Please see below.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required With Your Application

1) Personal Statement (with a Maximum of 1000 Words) you must address all of the following.

a) Background

b) Your or your family’s rural experience

c) State your goals (educational and/or career goals)

d) Obstacle(s) overcome

e) How will this scholarship help you with your educational goals?

2) One Professional Recommendation Letter

a) You may upload a letter or use the recommendation form (Download Here)

i) Recommendation should come from supervisors, advisors, professional mentors, coach, or someone that can objectively attest to your academic and professional accomplishments.

ii) Recommendation should never come from family, friends, significant others or any other personal relationships

3) Printout of your UNM Financial Aid Award Overview (SEE SAMPLE)

To find the award overview follow the steps:

a) Login to and select LoboWeb.

b) On the top left hand corner of the screen select the Financial Aid tab.

c) From the Financial Aid Menu, Select Award Info Menu

d) From the Award Info Menu, Select Award Package for Aid Year

e) Select Aid Year, 2018-2019

f) Under Award Package – 2018-2019, Select the Award Overview Tab

g) Print this page. (Please see sample Award package)


Please apply and submit documents by May 25, 2018.