Scholarships

All undergraduate students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form annually. This allows for the full range of financial aid options, including all federal financial aid programs and USW institutional aid programs

Financial aid is one source of helping meet the cost of attendance at USW. Families are expected to contribute towards the cost of attendance from either their own resources or from outside resources. Students are also encouraged to search for scholarships from outside sources.


Academic Merit I & Merit II Scholarships
Academic Scholarships for new students are available through the Office of Enrollment Services. Full-time, degree seeking, undergraduate students who are taking at least six credit hours in a face to face setting will be reviewed by the Office of Enrollment Services to determine eligibility based upon GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services for more information.

Mustang Grant
Mustang Grant is available to degree seeking undergraduate students who are full-time and are taking at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting. Southwest also offers scholarships in the following sports and involved areas: baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, Enactus and Campus Ministry. Athletic scholarships are determined by the coach and participation in the program.

Donor Funded Scholarships
Donor Funded Scholarships are available to degree seeking undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and are taking at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting. To apply for donor funded scholarships offered through Southwest, please print the Scholarship Application by clicking here.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required in addition to the Scholarship Application. Return application to the Office of Financial Aid by the deadline posted on the application.

Program Scholarships
Program Scholarships are available to degree seeking undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and are taking at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting. Southwest offers scholarships in Student Government and Servant Leadership. Program scholarship amounts are determined by the program director and participation in the program.

Appeal Process
Students have the right to appeal financial aid decisions. Appeals must be made in writing to the Director of Financial Aid and must respond to the decisions being appealed. The Financial Aid Review Board, convened by the Director of Financial Aid, will then rule on the appeal. The decision of the Review Board will be final.

External Scholarship Search Services
Please visit the Resources page.


Program Eligibility How to Apply
Academic Scholarships: Academic Merit I & Academic Merit II Full-time, first degree seeking undergraduate, minimum 2.75 GPA and ACT/SAT score, eligibility determined when admitted to Southwest. Completion of the FAFSA and the admission process. Renewal dependent upon continuous full-time enrollment and a 2.5 GPA requirement. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Mustang Grant Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Southwest offers athletic scholarships for the following sports: baseball, softball, men's & women's; basketball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Other programs include Campus Ministry, ENACTUS and SGA. To apply please speak to the individual coach or team leader.
Servant Leadership Full-time, face-to-face undergraduate. Deadline for fall: one week after beginning of the fall semester. Deadline for spring: Nov. 1 Completion of the USW Servant Leadership Application. For further information, contact Student Success Office, SML 101, 575-492-2116.
I CAN Scholarship Students apply to program while in junior high or high school. Details and applications available in the Office ofEnrollment Services orOffice of Financial Aid. I CAN Application and related documentation.Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.Studentmust be enrolled full time at USW andmaintain a 2.0 GPA.
The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program. Contact the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program for eligibility information. Applications are available online at the J.F. Maddox Foundation's website, www.jfmaddox.org
Chesapeake Operating, Inc. Full-time undergraduate student, minimum 3.0 GPA, preference given to NM residents. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
LES Scholarship Preference given to Lea County residents majoring in Science, Math or Business; 3.0 GPA, full-time undergraduate, serve in community service organization. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Renewal dependent upon continuous full time enrollment and minimum 3.0 GPA.Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Zia Natural Gas Company       Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a sophomore or higher (freshmen not eligible)Business or Science major. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Must maintain a 2.5 GPA while enrolled at Southwest, renewal dependent upon continuous enrollment. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Brunson Memorial Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate need, serve in community service organization. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
McCleskey Business & Free Enterprise Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 2.8 GPA Business major, demonstrate need, , serve in community service organization. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
M.S. Doss Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate need, serve in community service organization. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Hatton W. Sumners Endowed Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate need, serve in community service organization. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
William McPheron Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate need, serve in community service organization. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Richard C. Brown Memorial Scholarship Full-time Freshman, Eunice, NM High School graduate, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, serve in community service organization Completion of the Southwest scholarship application, recommendation of Eunice HS superintendent. Renewal dependent upon continuous enrollment and minimum 3.0 GPA. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Sears Transfer Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA Carlsbad, NM resident, transferring from NMSU-Carlsbad. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Joe J. Smith Memorial Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPAPreference given to Jal, NM residents. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Wells Fargo Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA, Business or Education major, preference given to NM residents, serve in community service organization Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.
Cynthia Nalda Endowed Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate need, serve in community service organization. Completion of the Southwest scholarship application. Re-apply annually. Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.