New Mexico Education Council

  • Mission
  • Scholarships
  • NMEC 2017 Fall College Days
  • Members


In 1991, admissions and recruitment professionals from New Mexico's public colleges and universities joined together to form an organization called the New Mexico Education Council (NMEC) for purposes of conducting College Days events across the state. High school students and their families are invited to these events to meet with admissions staff and discuss the education programs available at each school. NMEAF has always participated in these events by providing FAFSA and financial aid information and assistance to attendees.

In 2015, the schools asked NMEAF to lend our logistics expertise, community outreach experience, administrative capabilities, and state-wide reach to strengthen NMEC. The NMEAF Board of Directors approved the creation of a DBA of NMEAF called the New Mexico Education Council, and 17 New Mexico colleges and universities joined NMEAF to form a stronger and more effective NMEC partnership. NMEAF now has the responsibility for all logistical and administrative duties in support of New Mexico's institutions of higher education, freeing admissions and recruitment staff to do what they do best, " New Mexico families plan and prepare to go to college. "



The objective of the NMEC Scholarship program is to provide scholarship opportunities to students attending New Mexico post-secondary institutions.


The intent of the NMEC scholarship program is to further the attainment of higher education opportunities throughtout New Mexico. The student applying for the scholarship should be a New Mexico resident with plans to attend one of New Mexico's private or public institutions of higher education immediately after high school.

NMEC Scholarship Application Deadline - (Deadline ended March 1, 2017)

The NMEC Scholarship Committee welcomes your application. Recipients will receive a non-renewable Scholarship, and a plaque, commemorating their achievement. Students from any New Mexico secondary school or home school are eligible to apply.

First Place: $2000.00
Second Place: $1500.00
Third Place: $1000.00
Other applications with merit may receive a $500.00 scholarship from NMEC as funds are available.

Scholarship recipient selection is based on the students desire to create a better New Mexico through educational attainment. This is exemplified through the student's family, school, community, and academic ability, as well as the quality of the required essay (see below). Please for paper copies, contact:

Marketing & Outreach Department
7400 Tiburon NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

NMEC 2017 Fall College Days

Students sitting next to each other in a row.

New Mexico Education Council is a program of NMEAF and is the sponsor of New Mexico’s annual College Days and College Nights at high schools and on college campuses. On this page, Colleges and Universities may register to participate in these events. Students and their families may also register for these events at

Students may register free of charge for the College Days events at: College Fair Registration


For more information contact: Joni Beader, Community Outreach Coordinator,
(505) 761-2352,




Jacque Kennedy



 Amanda Martinez



 Judy Ortiz-Aragon


NMEC Advisory Council Members

Central New Mexico – Amanda Martinez 
Clovis Community College – Chirs Isham 
Dona Ana Community College – Gerri Martinez
Eastern New Mexico University – Cody Spitz
Institute of American Indian Arts – Mary Silentwalker
Luna Community College – Moses Marquez
Mesalands Community College – Matt Garcia
New Mexico Highland University - Jessica Jaramillo
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology  - Tony Ortiz
New Mexico Junior College – Natalia De Jesus
New Mexico Military Institute – Kalith Smith
New Mexico State University – Delia De Leon
Northern New Mexico College – Frank Orona
San Juan College - Abby Calcote
Santa Fe Community College – Marcos Maez
University of New Mexico – Matthew Hulett
Western New Mexico University – Matthew Lara

Vice Chair

Hillary Pineda



Brandon Fields


Joni Beader
Oscar Garcia