New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Supercomputing Challenge Scholarships

Each Supercomputing Challenge year, scholarships may be awarded based on qualities demonstrated by individuals applying for the Scholarship Program. These scholarships are not automatic, and students wishing to be considered MUST apply.
Application details are at the bottom of this page.

Note: Only Seniors are Eligible to Apply

School Specific Scholarships:

  • New Mexico Highlands University: $2,500 scholarship

  • NMSU Physics Scholarship: $4,000 ($1,000 per year - renewable up to four years)
    Conditions: must major in physics at NMSU (could be a double major), must maintain GPA of 3.0 or better, Supercomputing Challenge project must have a strong physics component.

  • One time $2,500 financial award to New Mexico State University

  • UNM School of Engineering Scholarship: $4,000 ($1,000 per year-renewable for up to four years), Conditions: admitted to the School of Engineering freshman year, with preference to those who are planning to major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. The award will be continued if the students maintains a 3.0 GPA and is admitted to CS or CompE by the end of the third semester at UNM.

  • Up to three One time $2,400 financial awards to New Mexico Tech

  • One time $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) Scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University

Flexible Scholarships

  • LANL Computer, Computational & Statistical Sciences Division Scholarships: Possibly $10,000 in scholarships.

  • One time $2,500 Scholarship from Intel to any accredited institution of higher education in New Mexico

  • Willard Smith Scholarship:
    Dr. Willard Smith from the Center of Excellence in Information Systems Engineering and Management at Tennessee State University has been a long time supporter of the Supercomputing Challenge and our "NASA connect".
    A one time scholarship will be awarded in Dr. Smith's name.

All scholarships are valid only through the institution's fall registration cycle for the calendar year in which the recipient graduates from high school.

All scholarship applicants are subject to the following:

  • be an active member of a Supercomputing Challenge team
  • plan to attend a two or four-year university
  • pursue a computing, engineering, mathematics or science major
  • Meet the university GPA requirements

Any senior student wishing to be considered for a scholarship award MUST submit the following via email by February 28th, 2012:

  • A letter describing his/her contribution to the team project with an emphasis on the specific areas of leadership.
  • The sponsoring teacher MUST endorse the team member's letter and outline the qualities and examples from the teacher's perspective.
  • A letter from the Project Mentor and/or other team members may also provide supporting statements of this individual's role and contribution to the team effort.
  • A scanned transcript
  • Please include information as to what college you plan to attend, if that is available.

Current high school seniors in good standing with the Challenge (Interim Reports and Project Evaluation presentations) will be notified by email of the steps in the online process.

Based on receipt of the above information, the scholarship competitors will be contacted by the scholarship judges for more information. We might do phone interviews or personal interviews in Los Alamos the day of the Expo.

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