ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Santa Fe philanthropist Andrew Davis is expanding his scholarship program, and he recently pledged over $20 million specifically for northern New Mexico students who will become the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree.
The Davis New Mexico Scholarship this year already is sending 35 New Mexicans to college, and the additional gift ensures that they will be joined by nearly 150 others in the next three years, Davis said in a news release.
“I believe in the students of New Mexico,” he said in a statement. “The Davis New Mexico Scholarship’s success has shown that students from our community are ready to face the challenge of higher education – now it’s time to keep the momentum going.”
He noted that the scholarship boasts a 98% retention rate and has grown to include students from Albuquerque to Española and Santa Fe to Farmington.
“Without the Davis New Mexico Scholarship, I would never have dreamed of going away to college,” said Gabriel Alarcón Macías, who will be attending the University of Denver next year, according to a news release.
“I can go into next year prepared no matter what the school year will look like,” he said.
This financial support comes at a time of extraordinary upheaval as students and their families wonder what school will consist of in the coming years and months, organizers said in a release.
“No matter what changes come to colleges and universities in this country, I firmly believe that a college degree will continue to be the most reliable ladder into the middle class for first-generation college students,” Davis said in a statement. “A college degree will remain the best way to be prepared for our inevitably dynamic economic and political future.”
Seventeen young women and men from the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas earned their college degrees this year with support from the program.
“Without (it), college out of state would not have been a realistic option,” said Angelica Lopez, a recent graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. “The scholarship provided the tools I needed to focus on my schoolwork and get myself prepared to come back to New Mexico to strengthen our communities here.”
The Davis program, which currently has more than 100 students enrolled in six partner colleges around the West and Midwest, covers the full cost of attendance as well as academic, emotional and family support to provide guidance through college graduation.
For more information and a complete list of this year’s scholarship awardees visit, www.davisnm.org.
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