My name is Christopher Padilla, and I am a proud New Mexico State University President’s Associates Scholar. This scholarship is awarded to 15 of the state’s most outstanding and academically talented incoming freshmen every year and rewards academic brilliance, community support and school spirit. I am an alumnus of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque. Throughout my four years at St. Pius X, I was able to take part in basketball, swim team and cross country, along with clubs, including Campus Ministry and Distributive Education Clubs of America.
I remember applying for this scholarship and thinking to myself there was no way I would be a finalist, wondering if it was even worth it to apply. But the day I checked the mail and found out I received the scholarship, I could not believe my eyes. I ran home and showed my dad, who was just as shocked as I was. I called my mom on her way home from work, and she was overjoyed and couldn’t believe it when I showed her. Both my parents were very proud of me, and I could not have done it without their endless support.
If not for this scholarship, I do not know if I would have come to NMSU. I was accepted at schools across the country, but as a result of receiving this scholarship, I decided to stay in my home state and attend NMSU. This school was the absolute best fit for me since it’s close to home, I knew a lot of students already at NMSU and it was, of course, tuition-free through the generosity of NMSU donors.
I am currently working toward a dual degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Throughout my freshman year at NMSU, I have found lasting friendships, from my roommate to classmates, and growing bonds with old high school companions. Though my degree path is not easy by any means, I know I can rely on my friends and family to support me through the difficulty of college and beyond.
I am grateful to have received this award so that there is little financial pressure on me or family. This scholarship was a huge blessing to not only myself, but my parents as well. I am the oldest of four siblings, so I am thankful I can focus on schoolwork and not rely on my parents or a job to pay for my tuition. I am thankful to all the donors who have given their funds so that I, and many others, can study and grow at NMSU with no financial barriers. I hope to someday give back and donate as well to future President’s Associates Scholars, so they can come to NMSU and make their dreams a reality.
Please join me in supporting future President’s Associates Scholars through May 5 during our online auction. All the money raised during this auction will support the incoming class of President’s Associates Scholars, who are considered New Mexico’s most talented students. Thank you for helping New Mexico students achieve their dreams at home as Aggies.