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

NM Tech Research day February 18th.

NMSU (Las Cruces) & NM Tech (Socorro) Feb. 18th &

UNM (Albuquerque) Feb. 23rd

IAIA (Santa Fe) March 1st

ENMU Junior Preview (Portales) March 23rd


Scholarship Information


Native American Scholarships by Indigenous Education, Inc.


APS Scholarship List (some duplicated on our website)


How to Write a Scholarship Essay

GoingMerry Scholarship Search:

Accounting Degree Scholarships from

Business Degree Scholarships from

College Board Big Future (must have College Board account)




Unigo Scholarships

Niche Scholarships

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

College Board Big Future (must have College Board account)







FAFSA Workshop Scholarship open Oct. 1, 2018 –  April 1, 2019 first come, first serve basis

– $500

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


Make it Safe Project Writing Scholarship due Spring 2019 (date tbd)
– Write a poem/story/nonfiction piece that contains character(s) who identify as queer or trans.

College Board Scholarships for JUNIORS FOR COLLEGE PLANNING awarded every month of 2019

NMSU Housing Scholarship due March 1, 2019
– One minute video on why you want to be an Aggie and how scholarship would help you reach academic goals

NMEC Scholarship due March 1, 2019
– Write 800-1,000-word essay on the topic: “How does higher education play an important role in the future of New Mexico?”
– no GPA requirement

ACS Scholars for Future Chemical Sciences Students due March 1, 2019
– 3.0 GPA
– Must be African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
– Must receive some aid on FAFSA
– 2 letters of recommendation (1 from Science or Math teacher)

*Project Yellow Light Billboard Contest/Hunter Garner Scholarship due March 1, 2019
– no GPA requirement
– submit billboard design about safe driving (no essay)

RIT Writing Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students due March 1, 2019 OPEN TO 10TH & 11TH
– Write essay involvement in advocacy and/or social justice
– Send high school transcript

1620 scholarship due March 1, 2019
– Need essay, 2 letters of recommendation, list of achievements & experiences, transcript


Dion’s Scholarship due March 1, 2019
– Must be Dion’s employee


UNFC STEM Scholarship due March 3, 2019
– must be African American
– must be pursuing degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics
– must have 3.0 GPA


Sparx Lorenzo Scholarship due March 8, 2019
– 2.5 GPA
– 4 copies of application, official transcript, two recommendation letters & statement of goals and financial need MUST BE MAILED


Jiffy Lube Scholarships due March 11, 2019:
1.            “Your Turn Behind the Wheel” open to 15-17 year-olds currently or previously in driver’s ed
2.            “Teen Driver” open to 16-18 year-old licensed drivers and Seniors currently in driver’s ed
– no GPA requirement
– write essay about “what drives you” in 500 words or less

U.S. Eagle Scholarship due March 18, 2019
– You or family member must be U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union member
– No GPA requirement
– Application, video or essay on topic and 2 letters of recommendation

505TrueScholars due March 25, 2019
– maintained 3.0 GPA in 1st 6 semesters of high school
– demonstrate commitment to making impact on agricultural industry or economy of food and agriculture of NM
– must submit college acceptance letter and FAFSA SAR with application and transcript

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Scholarship due March 26, 2019
– Must be Hispanic
– 2.5 GPA

Work Ethic Scholarship Program due March 28, 2019

– For students pursuing skilled trade program


Project Yellow Light Video & Radio Contests/Hunter Garner Scholarship due April 1, 2019
– no GPA requirement
– submit video and/or radio recording about safe driving (no essay)

BEE (Burquenos for Education and Empowerment) Scholarship due April 1,  2019
– Need to first submit request for application information from following website:
– Must have 3.0 GPA OR BELOW

New Mexico Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship Fund due April 4, 2019
– Must provide proof that you live in mobile or manufactured home
– State goals in essay, write statement of financial need & one teacher/counselor recommendation
– 3.0 GPA

Youth in Foster Care Scholarship due April 4, 2019
– Must be in NM resident and in NM foster care for minimum one year
– 2.5 GPA

James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship due April 4, 2019
– Application, transcript, essay about goals and extraordinary challenge overcome, & 2 letters of recommendation (one from high school staff & one from someone who you’ve positively influenced and can attest to challenge overcome)

Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program for Promising Math/Science Students due April 4,
– 3.8 GPA and 30 ACT Composite Score or 680 Math SAT
– Personal statement include Math or Science career goal, 1 letter of recommendation from Math or Science teacher, and 1 other letter of recommendation from school, work or community

New Mexico Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship fund due April 4, 2019
– Must live in mobile/manufactured home (must provide proof)
– 3.0 GPA
– Essay about career goals & statement of financial need
– 1 letter of recommendation from counselor/teacher

Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque Scholarship Program for Future Early Childhood Developers or Teachers
due April 4, 2019

– 3.0 GPA & 23 ACT Composite Score
– Essay about community service, career goals & statement of financial need
– 1 letter of recommendation from counselor/teacher & 1 letter of recommendation from someone with knowledge of community service

Students attending out-of-state schools or in-state private schools: Monday, April 16, 2019, 5pm MST
Students attending New Mexico state public schools: Monday, June 17, 2019, 5pm MST

– must receive some federal aid
– Send college acceptance/award letter, FAFSA SAR, official transcript, statement of personal goals & circumstances, resume & recommendation letter

Parnall Law Scholarship Opportunity due May 1, 2019
– Write essay about distracted driving

Breaking Good Video Contest due May 1, 2019 OPEN TO GRADES 9-12

– Make 80 second video on how people can use civil legal help

– Can work as a team


Neal Isbin Scholarship Fund due May 1, 2019
– must explain recognition and achievement received for experiences and interest in human rights and dignity
– 1 teacher/counselor reference & 1 personal reference

  1. Davis Scholarship due May 24, 2019 – OPEN TO JUNIORS AND SENIORS
    – 1,000 word essay
    – no GPA requirement

Englander Peebles Scholarship & Video Competition due May 31, 2019
– Write 600-word essay about smartphones and how they affect your daily life and driving

Suncat Scholars due May 31, 2019
– Must apply to CNM as Beginning Freshman
– Must have filed FAFSA and sent to CNM
– Must agree to be enrolled full-time in Fall, Spring and Summer for 2 years

Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship for Future Automotive Technology Students due June 6, 2019

*David R. Woodling Memorial Scholarship for Future Metals Technology Students due June 6, 2019
– 2.5 GPA
– Essay about career goals and experience in metals field & optional pictures of metals work
– 1 letter of recommendation from counselor, teacher, mentor or community member

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship due June 14, 2019 – OPEN TO JUNIORS AND SENIORS
– 500-1000 word essay describing your educational career and life goals, plan for achieving these goals, your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Big Sun Scholarship due June 19, 2019
– Must be athlete
– 500-1000 word essay explaining how your participation in sports in high school influenced you, your career goals and how you relate to your family

Wilshire Law Firm Student Scholar Award due June 28, 2019
– 3.0 GPA
– Write 600-word essay about college major and how you will use it in community

Rosen & Ohr Scholarship program due July 20, 2019
– Write 750-1,000 word essay on how your or loved one’s accident affected you

Mesothelioma Scholarship due July 20, 2019

– Write essay about how cancer has affected your life and how you will help cancer patients after you graduate


2018 Christensen & Hymas General Scholarship due August 1, 2018 – check on 2019 date


NM School Scholarship Pages (including Bridge and Lottery information):

CNM Scholarship Page

UNM Scholarship Page

NMSU Scholarship Page

ENMU Scholarship Page

NM Tech Scholarship Page


American Chemistry Society Scholars Program

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation

American Physical Society Scholarships

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Association of American Indian Affairs

Casey Family Scholarship


Chicano Organization & Research in Education (CORE) Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships

Council of the Great City Schools

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Student Scholarship

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarship Program

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Imagine America

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

National Co-Op Scholarship

National Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship

Proton OnSite Scholarship Program

Quest Bridge

Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Ron Brown Scholarship

SAE Scholarship Program

Scholarships for Students with Hearing Loss

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program