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Program Opportunities

Bezos Scholars Program

Website: Bezos Scholars Program

Who it's for: 

  • Be a junior at the time they are applying to the program.
  • Be enrolled in or have taken during their high school career, one or more honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or college-level course.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have received DACA status.
  • Be available to fully participate in the year-long program and attend all dates for the Aspen Ideas Festival trip* in Aspen, Colorado, slated for June 23 - June 30, 2022.
  • Nominate an educator, a willing and supportive adult from their school to serve as a mentor, who will fully participate in the program with them.

*If the Scholar trip is not possible, virtual Aspen Ideas Festival programming will be offered in its place.

The Perry Outreach Program

Website: The Perry Outreach Program

Who it's for: Grade 10 and up females pursuing medicine and engineering 

The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

QuestBridge: College Prep Scholars Program

Website: College Prep Scholars Program

Who it's for: Low-income juniors who are excelling academically

Juniors who are in the top 5-10% of their class and earning mostly A's, whose family earns less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four) with minimal assets.

Refer a student and they will be sent information about applying.

QuestBridge: National College Match Program

Website: National College Match

Who it's for: Low-income seniors who are excelling academically

Seniors who are in the top 5-10% of their class and earning mostly A's, whose family earns less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four) with minimal assets.

Refer a student and they will be sent information about applying.

USC Bovard Scholars Program

Website: The University of Southern California Bovard Scholars Program

Who it's for:

  • Junior in high school (11th grader) at time of application
  • Currently hold a 4.0 weighted GPA or above
  • Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have taken Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, if offered
  • Actively enrolled in a high school curriculum within the U.S. or U.S. territories

We offer the program at no cost to students or families.  USC will pay for transportation to and from campus for students coming from outside of Southern California.


2022 Bovard Scholars application deadline is January 14, 2022 at 5pm PT

UNM Innovation Academy

Website: Innovation Academy

Who it's for: All students interested in eventually earning a graduate degree

The UNM Innovation Academy, in partnership with CNM and UNM, provides an unexpected pathway to your Graduate degree.  With the 2+1+2 Program, you can transition from an Associate degree, through a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, and into a Graduate degree program in five years.

  1. Step 1: Earn an Associate degree at CNM

  2. Step 2: Earn your Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) degree at UNM

  3. Step 3: Earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) at UNM

  4. Step 4: Graduate with THREE DEGREES in five years.

UNM Army ROTC Shadow Program Information

Website: Army ROTC Lobo Battalion

Who it's for: Seniors and juniors interested in joining Army ROTC at UNM

The University of New Mexico Army ROTC Cadet Shadow Program is designed for high school seniors and juniors to spend the “day in the life” of an Army ROTC cadet. I would like to invite you to spend a day with one of our students. The program should provide you with a glimpse of what it is like as a cadet in Army ROTC at UNM.

We will host on Thursdays to coincide with our ROTC classes and our weekly leadership lab. Plan to arrive at the Army ROTC building at 9:15 AM on the day you are scheduled to shadow. We are located at 1836 Lomas Boulevard on the University of New Mexico campus. Shadow students will be able to attend all Army ROTC classes, university classes, and participate in his/her sponsor cadet’s daily activities.

Please complete the Shadow Visit Form to assist us in assigning you a sponsor. Simply fill in the boxes on the document, save it, and send it back as an attachment to an email. Once you are assigned a sponsor cadet, that cadet will contact you to work out the specifics of your visit.  

You will be responsible for transportation to and from UNM and your meals for the day. Ensure you wear appropriate clothing based on the weather. Additionally, ensure you have shoes that allow you to walk around on uneven desert terrain.

Questions? Contact Mr. Erik Sevigny (UNM ARMY ROTC Enrollment Officer) at 505-277-2270.