Suncat Scholars

Suncat Scholars is a comprehensive scholarship program for first time, full time freshman. This scholarship program accepts applications beginning in January for students beginning college the following Fall 2019 semester.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Doreen Huerta
(505) 224-5476

Mailing Address
CNM Student Services Center 
CNM Connect
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

About Suncat Scholars

Starting in fall 2014, CNM launched a new comprehensive scholarship program for first time, full time freshman. Suncat Scholars is designed to help associate-degree seeking students earn degrees as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating within two years. Suncat Scholars aims to do this by providing social, academic, and financial supports.


College students juggle numerous responsibilities and the Suncat Scholar team exists to support students with various things so they can graduate within two years. Benefits include:

  • Up to $400 in assistance with required textbooks each term.
  • Support with tuition and fees up to a specific dollar amount based on gap between your financial aid award and tuition costs.
  • Up to a $300 performance payment at the end of each term as long as all performance requirements are met.
  • A dedicated Suncat Specialist to guide you through your program start to finish and support you with resources outside the classroom.
  • Priority registration: ability to register before all other CNM students; giving you first choice of class times.
  • Belong to an exclusive CNM community, the Suncat Scholar Group!

Eligibility Requirements

A student must meet every requirement listed below in order to qualify for the scholarship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by CNM - Students without a Social Security Number are eligible without a FAFSA and will be identified by CNM Admissions.
  2. Qualify for New Mexico resident tuition.
  3. For the Fall 2019 semester, be a first-time college student. Applicant must not have attended previously, unless it was as a Dual Credit student. 
  4. Commit to a full-time schedule consecutively for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms for a duration of two years (Fall 2019 - Summer 2021).
  5. Be placed into college level courses or a maximum of two courses below the 1000 level. If you place into courses below the 1000 level, they can only be from the following list:
    - IRW 0980
    - or MATH 0980
    Course placement is determined by ACT, SAT, H.S. GPA or Accuplacer scores. 
  6. Be majoring in an approved degree program, including any Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree, except coordinated entry programs. Certificate programs are also not eligible. 

Continuing Eligibility

The continuing eligibility requirements are intensive and designed to support student success and keep students on track. Please look at them closely and be sure you are able to commit to meeting each one, each term. They require time and dedication on the part of you, the student.

  1. Register for and successfully complete 12 credit hours towards your major every term, including summer.
  2. Maintain a minimum completion rate of 66.67% and GPA of 2.5 each term and cumulatively.
  3. Complete required meetings with Suncat Scholar Specialists (three meetings a term).
  4. Attend office hours twice a term with every instructor (first year).
  5. Attend office hours once a term with every instructor (second year).
  6. Attend an in-person, non-credit Suncat Scholar Seminar every other Friday in your first fall and spring term.
  7. Only take courses in your degree plan, created by you and your Suncat Specialist.
  8. Participate in any other activities recommended by your Suncat Scholar specialists.

How to Apply

Deadline: Open until May 31, 2019 

  1. Apply to CNM.
  2. Complete all CNM admission requirements, including taking Accuplacer or sending ACT/SAT scores to CNM. Scores must be in CNM system for application to be considered.
  3. Complete the FAFSA using CNM’s school code 004742.
  4. Complete online Suncat Scholar Application. Applying does not guarantee entry to Scholarship Program, even if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Please be sure to check the contact information provided on your application for updates.