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

Scholarship Information

NEW MEXICO COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PAGES (includes Bridge and Lottery Scholarship information):

CNM Scholarship Page

 UNM Scholarship Page

NMSU Scholarship Page

ENMU Scholarship Page

NM Tech Scholarship Page


OPEN TO 9TH-12TH GRADE Raise Me Micro-Scholarships

APS Scholarship List (some duplicated on our website)

How to Write a Scholarship Essay

Chamber of Commerce Guide to College Scholarships

Going Merry

College Board Big Future (must have College Board account)




Unigo Scholarships

Niche Scholarships

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Native American Scholarships by Indigenous Education, Inc. Financial Aid Resources for Minority Students:
Scholarships for African American Students:

Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students:

Scholarship for Future Teachers going to ENMU:

Scholarships for Accounting & Business Degree Students:
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Business Degree Scholarships from

College Board Scholarships for JUNIORS FOR COLLEGE PLANNING awarded every month of 2019 and 2020



GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program due January 3, 2020
– 3.0 GPA

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

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

Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship due January 23, 2020 OPEN TO AGE 16 AND OVER
– No GPA requirement
– 2-minute video submission on what your passion is (no essay)

EGIA Scholarship for Future HVAC Techs due January 30, 2020
– Minimum 2.0 GPA

College Covered Discover Scholarship due January 31, 2019
– no GPA requirement

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Scholarship due January 31, 2020
– Minimum 2.5 GPA

UNIGO I Have a Dream Scholarship due January 31, 2020 OPEN TO AGE 13 AND OLDER
– We want to know… what do you dream about? Write 250 words or less

Jackie Robinson Scholarship due February 1, 2020
 – for minority students  with 21 or higher ACT composite score
– 4 essays & letter of recommendation required

NMASBO Scholarship due February 7, 2020
– 3.0 GPA
– Unofficial transcript, ACT or SAT scores, essay on goals and need & 2 letters of recommendation

Schmidt Vocal Arts Singing Competition – Applications due Starting February 15th
– Apply and attend audition in various cities to win money and scholarships

Hispanic Scholarship Fund due February 15, 2020
– Must be of Hispanic heritage
– Must have completed FAFSA
– 3.0 GPA

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Scholarship for Hotel & Tourism Students due February 15, 2020

2018 NMCEL Scholarship due February 21, 2020
– 3.0 GPA, preference given to students pursuing degree in education field
– A written essay (at least 300 words) outlining your reasons for entering the field of education
– 2 letters of recommendation

Susie Kubié Symphonic Music Scholarship for AYSO Participants due February 28, 2020
– essay, music teacher/mentor letter of recommendation, video of performance, pursuing a music degree


ACS Scholars for Future Chemical Sciences Students due March 1, 2020
– 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, 2020
– no GPA requirement
– submit billboard design about safe driving (no essay)

Costs of War/Charles R. Powell High School Essay Award Contest due March 2, 2020 OPEN TO JUNIORS & SENIORS
– Write less than 1,500 words about financial, mental, physical, environmental, or social costs of war
See flyer in Ms. Maestas’s office or Mr. Ocken’s room or email for more info.

1620 scholarship due March 2, 2020
– Need essay, 2 letters of recommendation, list of achievements & experiences, transcript

Dion’s Scholarship due March 6, 2020
– Must be Dion’s employee

Sparx Lorenzo Scholarship due March 13, 2020
– 2.5 GPA
– 4 copies of application, official transcript, two recommendation letters & statement of goals and financial need MUST BE MAILED

RIT Writing Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students due March 15, 2020 OPEN TO 10TH & 11TH
– Write essay involvement in advocacy and/or social justice
– Send high school transcript

Parnall Law Scholarship Opportunity due March 17, 2020
– Write essay about distracted driving

Project Yellow Light Video & Radio Contests/Hunter Garner Scholarship due April 1, 2020
– no GPA requirement
– submit video and/or radio recording about safe driving (no essay)

Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program application deadline to April 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time.

UNFC STEM Scholarship due April 17, 2020
– must be of African American descent
– must be pursuing degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics
– must have 3.0 GPA

New Mexico Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship Fund due April 17, 2020
– 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

James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship due April 17, 2020
– 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 17,
– 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

 Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque Scholarship Program for Future Early Childhood Developers or Teachers
due April 17, 2020

– 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 20, 2020, 5pm MST
Students attending New Mexico state public schools: Monday, June 15, 2020, 5pm MST

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

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

BEE (Burquenos for Education and Empowerment) Scholarship due May 4, 2020
– Need to first submit request for application information from following website:

Breaking Good Video Contest due May 1, 2020 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, 2020
– must explain recognition and achievement received for experiences and interest in human rights and dignity
– 1 teacher/counselor reference & 1 personal reference

B. Davis Scholarship due May 22, 2020 – OPEN TO JUNIORS AND SENIORS
– Write less than 1,000-word essay on the three characteristics of leadership you value most

U.S. Eagle Scholarship due May 25, 2020
– 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

Suncat Scholars due May 29, 2020
– 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

PB&J Scholarship due May 31, 2020
– Focused on helping students whose test scores or GPA’s might not be the best, but have overcome challenges in life

NMOST 2020 Advancing Young Women in STEM Scholarship OPEN TO ALL JUNIORS AND SENIORS due May 31, 2020
– Applying to college in STEM
– A resident of New Mexico OR currently enrolled at a New Mexico College/University
– A young woman (25 or younger) pursuing a STEM education/career
– In possession of a GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale)

Youth in Foster Care Scholarship due June 4, 2020
– Must be in NM resident and in NM foster care for minimum one year
– 2.5 GPA

Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship for Future Automotive Technology Students due June 4, 2020

*David R. Woodling Memorial Scholarship for Future Metals Technology Students due June 4, 2020
– 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 12, 2020 – 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, 2020
– 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

OppU Achievers Scholarship due June 30, 2020
– High school seniors, college students, graduate students; U.S. citizen or resident
– Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
To Apply: Students submit a short response to the question “What makes you an achiever?”
Deadline: March 31, June 30, and September 30, December 31
OppU Achievers Scholarship

Rosen & Ohr Scholarship program due July 20, 2020
– Write 750-1,000 word essay on how your or loved one’s accident affected you

2020 Laird Connectivity Scholarship due September 1, 2020
– U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending a college or university within U.S.
– Winner will be required to provide proof of acceptance to your college or university, or a college transcript.

Jiffy Lube Scholarships OPEN TO ALL LICENSED DRIVERS WHO WILL BE IN HIGH SCHOOL 2020-2021 due March 8, 2021:
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