The staff at PAPA celebrates student success in academics and the performing arts. Our faculty prides themselves in offering the very best  instruction available to public school students. Students are encouraged to select a rigorous set of courses. The more rigorous the course loads in high school, the more prepared students are for college and beyond. Teachers have high expectations, promote student accountability and responsibility, and provide support where it is needed. Students will achieve the highest level of success if they attend all classes, engage in instruction, and complete all assignments. Most of all, the staff wants to see each student develop talents and acquire skills that will prepare them for college and help them to become successful, productive adults.

Academic Numbers

Cohort Graduation Rate

2016 - 4-Year Rate
2015 - 5-Year Rate
2014 - 6-Year Rate
2013 - 6-Year Rate

College Exploration Opportunities

11/1 Western Oregon University Creative Arts Day

11/2 NM Tech Exploration Day

11/2 ENMU Senior Preview Day

11/9 UNM Fall Preview

11/9 WNMU Fall Preview

11/16 and 2/17 NMSU Aggie Experience


Scholarship Information

Native American Scholarships by Indigenous Education, Inc.

APS Scholarship List (some duplicated on our website)

How to Write a Scholarship Essay

Going Merry

College Board Big Future (must have College Board account)




Unigo Scholarships

Niche Scholarships

LGBTQ+ Scholarships



The Gates Scholarship due Sept. 15, 2019
From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
– Pell-eligible
– A US citizen, national or permanent resident
– A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

AXA Achievement Scholarship opens September 1, 2019 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 15, 2019, whichever comes first

– $1,000-$25,000 awards

–  No minimum GPA requirement

– Must demonstrate ambition and self-drive in school, community or work-related activities
– Only the first 10,000 applications are accepted.

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FAFSA Workshop Scholarship open Oct. 1, 2019 –  April 3, 2020 first come, first serve basis

– $500

– Must have filed your FAFSA at a workshop at PAPA or other venue

El Mezquite UNM Scholarship due October 3, 2018 – CURRENT INFO. NOT UPLOADED YET

– Must be attending UNM in Fall 2019

– 3.0 GPA

– Proficiency in the Spanish language and demonstrated leadership and commitment to advance the culture and economy of Mexico through a chosen career

– Low-income students demonstrating financial need

– Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate leadership within the Hispanic community

*Requires essay, two letters of recommendation and acceptance letter from UNM


AES Scholarship due October 6, 2019
Write 500-word essay on what you see as success and important accomplishments

Hispanic Heritage Fund due October 15, 2019
– Must be of Hispanic/Latin descent
– Must have min. 3.0 GPA

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway due Oct. 17, 2019 (must be 18)
– Create video about goals and how scholarship would change your life


Young Asian American Student Award OPEN TO 10th-12th GRADERS WITH ASIAN HERITAGE due November 8, 2019

Horatio Alger Scholarship due Oct. 25, 2019
Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
– Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
– Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
– Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
– Be a United States citizen

Coca-Cola Scholarship due Oct. 31, 2019


2019 Prudential Comm. awards due Nov. 5, 2019 (OPEN TO ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!)
– Must have performed community service in last 12 months

Jack Kent Cook Scholarship due Nov. 19, 2019
– 3.5 GPA
– 26 ACT or 1200 SAT
– Can have up to 95K income
– Application is Common Application

Daniels Fund Scholarship open Oct. 1 – Nov. 15, 2019 4:00 p.m. MST
– Minimum 3.0 GPA
– Earn a minimum SAT Math score of 490 and a minimum Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 490 or a minimum ACT score of 18 in each category (writing score not required) All scores must come from a single test. Super scoring is not accepted
– Demonstrate financial need (family earned $85,000 or less AGI on 2018 taxes)

Albuquerque Community Foundations Scholarships open Dec. 1, 2019 and due April 4 & 16, 2019
– Multiple scholarships with various requirements

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship due Dec. 6, 2019 – CHECK OCTOBER 2019 FOR NEW DUE DATE
– 3.0 GPA
– performed community service
– demonstrate financial need,better%20compete%20in%20tomorrow’s%20workplace.

Law Office of David Gordon & The Jeffcoat Firm Scholarship Essay & Video Contests due Dec. 7, 2018 – NO NEW DUE DATE PROVIDED YET
– Open to HS Juniors and Seniors
– Write 600+ word essay or create 2-minute video on drunk driving

Nav Entrepreneur Scholarship due May 19, 2019 – NO NEW DUE DATE PROVIDED YET
– $1,000 for two winners (selected on essay quality)
Preference will be given to students who run a business or have the desire to open a business.
More details about the scholarship can be found here.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program due January 2020 (date TBD)
– 3.0 GPA

Scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students due Jan. 22, 2022
– Min. 2.7 GPA
– First in family to attend college
– Must file FAFSA

One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest due Jan. 5, 2020 OPEN TO ALL AGES
– 3-8 min. film or 45 sec.+ animation on environmental/sustainability issue
– $1,000 Scholarship + $1,000 matching grant for Seniors; cash prizes + matching grant for all other age categories