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CNM Foundation to Honor Individuals Who Left Scholarship Endowments to College

February 5, 2015 -- As part of the College’s rich 50-year history, the Central New Mexico Community College Foundation will honor the many individuals who had a direct impact on our students and how their legacy lives on at CNM through a scholarship endowment. Their stories will be highlighted in gratitude for their support to “change lives and build community.”
CNM Foundation to Honor Individuals Who Left Scholarship Endowments to College

Jul 17, 2015

Below is the first story of a great leader who has made a difference through scholarship, keeping his passion for education alive while honoring his memory 

The John Mondragon Memorial Scholarship Endowment

In January, 2012 the CNM and New Mexico education community lost a cherished leader, advocate, mentor and friend. Dr. John Mondragon served on the CNM Governing Board for seven years and was elected board chair in 2011. He passed away at the age of 81. 

Born in Holman, New Mexico, he served in the Army from 1950 to 1953. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. and continued his education, earning his Doctorate in Secondary Education at University of New Mexico. He had a lifelong career in education -- as a teacher and administrator at various levels of the educational system. Mondragon co-authored a textbook, "Public Education in New Mexico," and he founded the New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) organization that supports over 5,000 minority middle and high school students across New Mexico. 

Remembered for his gentle nature, he inspired countless students and educators throughout his life and career, which was devoted to the field of education in New Mexico.

The CNM Foundation, in honor of the College’s 50th Anniversary, is seeking fifty new or increased scholarship endowments to continue our efforts to provide financial assistance to students so they can obtain the quality educational opportunities they deserve. Please join us in supporting a scholarship today! 

If you wish to make a contribution directly to this fund, or for a full list of endowments, please contact the CNM Foundation at (505) 224-4685.