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Teacher Education Scholarships

Scholarships for Teacher Education Students

We strongly encourage students to apply for all scholarships that are applicable to their situation. Please read the criteria for each scholarship and apply if you are eligible.


NM Opportunity Scholarship

The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship allows established New Mexico residents of all ages to pursue college and career training tuition-free. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees at New Mexico public colleges and universities. Students must enroll in at least 6 credit hours and be pursuing credit-bearing career training certificates, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees.

NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department Scholarship

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD), in partnership with CNM-Ingenuity, provides Early Childhood Scholarship opportunities to make it possible for early childhood professionals to complete coursework leading to advanced credentials and degrees.

Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Program

The Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Program was created to encourage eligible New Mexico students to attend and complete an accredited teacher preparation program at a New Mexico public post-secondary educational institution or a tribal college approved by the public education department. The scholarship helps defray the educational expenses charged, including tuition, fees, books and course supplies and living expenses.

Early Childhood Educator Student Success Stipend Program

The Early Childhood Educator Student Success Grant is a non-competitive grant offered by the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) that will provide flexible financial support to meet the unique needs of students enrolled in early childhood education programs of study at New Mexico Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Students enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking to obtain an associate’s (AA) or bachelor’s (BA) degree in early childhood and attending at least six credit hours are eligible for a stipend each semester/trimester. Applications are due by August 31, 2022.

W.K Kellogg Grant Stipend Program

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) has received funding for stipends for the 2022-23 academic year under the W.K. Kellogg Grant, with the goal of increasing the number of bilingual and Indigenous early childhood educators in New Mexico who are pursuing an associate degree in the early childhood field. Students must be enrolled in Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education (AA-ECED), in good standing, and making progress towards program completion before the closing of the grant. You must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester of early childhood courses and/or other early childhood degree program courses and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher. Applications are due by August 31, 2022.

Learn more about resources for NM college students: https://hed.state.nm.us/free-college-nm

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