El Centro Scholarships and Forms

Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME)/El Mezquite Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:00pm

The IME/El Mezquite Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students graduating from a NM high school with the intention of attending the University of New Mexico or currently enrolled as a University of New Mexico college student. The Selection Committee will base scholarships on educational achievement, leadership qualities, letter of recommendations, a written essay and a strong need for financial assistance. $1,000 is awarded for Fall 2015 and $1,000 is awarded for Spring 2016.

The Early Summer Start program (ESP) provides students with a highly supportive initial college experience designed to create academic momentum, a less stressful transition to the college environment, and academic success. Any new freshman admitted to UNM may choose to participate in the ESP program.Freshmen admitted with an ACT composite score of 16, or 790 SAT (Critical Reading and Math combined) or below, must participate in the ESP program and fulfill the following conditions in order to enroll at UNM in freshman status:


    • be a graduating High School Senior or a current UNM college student
    • be enrolled at the University of New Mexico during the Fall and Spring semesters of the 2015-2016 academic year or a high school senior graduating in May 2016 and be admitted to UNM for the Fall 2016 semester
    • Proficiency in Spanish Language & demonstrated leadership a& commitment to advance the culture & economy of Mexico through a chosen career
    • Low-income students demonstrating financial need
    • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate leadership within the Hispanic community have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA


    • A typed essay between 300 – 500 words, double-spaced, expressing your educational and career goals.
    • Please also explain how you have demonstrated leadership in the Hispanic community, either in school, extracurricular activities, family and/or community.
    • Please share with us your family history and what is your definition of leadership.
    • Explain why the scholarship and community engagement are important to your education.


    • Please provide two (2) confidential letters of recommendation
    • Have each writer seal the letter in an envelope prior to returning it to you.  Return them with your application.


    • Please submit an unofficial copy of your transcript.
    • Graduating high school seniors must also attach an acceptance letter from the University of New Mexico as proof of enrollment.


Click the button below to download the application:



El Centro de la Raza Scholarship Forms
Graduate Emergency Scholarship
Student Professional Development
Undergraduate Emergency Scholarship
UNM Programming Support