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The Rural Student Project (RSP) was established to identify and support students from rural New Mexico communities at the University of New Mexico. The 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 the Albuquerque and UNM community. RSP scholars will have the opportunity volunteer in Albuquerque, gain experience outside the academic realm, meet community members, and make an impact in the community. 


Eligible students must have graduated from a rural high school or must have resided in a rural community in New Mexico. The Rural Student Project is looking for students whose hometown population is lower than 50,000 people or students who come from a subdivision community of an urban area with a population no larger than 2,500 people. If you have any question on this please contact us. 

Student must have filed a FASFA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and demonstrate a financial need. Additionally, the applicant must be admitted and enrolled full-time (min. 15 credit hours) at the University of New Mexico.


Scholars agree to participate in the Rural Student Project for one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). During this year scholars will attend two workshops, and perform 30 hours of community service per semester with a Rural Student Project partner, La Plazita Institute. La Plazita engages New Mexico’s youth, elders and communities in a comprehensive, holistic and cultural approach. 


  • Supplemental Financial Assistance ($1000/semester)
  • Gaining Community Engagement Experience 

If you have any questions or would like more information on the RSP, please contact the UNM CAMP by phone (505) 277-5492 or by email at

Please submit your application by Mail to:

Rural Student Project
College Assistance Migrant Program
MSC06 3840
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Download the 
Rural Student Project
Scholar Application

If you meet the eligibility requirements and would like to apply for the
Rural Student Project
please submit your application for consideration by

June 30, 2017