Graduate Scholarship Fund, Fall 2019

Basic Information

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 11:59pm
Grant Cycle Status: 
Scoring Applications
Expected Budget: 


The Graduate Scholarship Fund (GSF) is a $1,000 need-based scholarship offered in the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. Graduate and professional students in good standing in a UNM graduate or professional degree program are eligible for the scholarship. Students must submit a complete application packet to be considered to receive funds. In addition, applicants are encouraged to do the following to write a successful proposal:

  • Attend a funding workshop to learn how to write a persuasive proposal.
  • Review the scoresheet to understand how your application will be scored.
  • Understand the GSF process and bylaws.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at UNM who has paid GPSA fee
  • Anonymous Proposal and Letter of Recommendation (do not include your name in the files you upload)
  • Proposals must be your sole, original work
  • Must be enrolled for 6 credit hours
  • Must be enrolled in your program for atleast one year

Application Materials

  1. 500 word (maximum) essay describing financial need to continue your studies, as well as other lines of current financial support. Essays must be anonymous.
  2. Letter of recomendation from a faculty member or advisor that does not contain your name.
  3. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. International and non-resident students please print and complete the FAFSA paper form. After completion, take the paper form to UNM One-Stop to be evaluated by financial aid personnel.


Your application will be scored by three readers based on the perspective of your proposal. All readers will utilize the GSF Scoresheet as their rubric to award upto 100 points for the essay. The raw scores of each reader will be normalized to account for the wide range of readers' scores.

In addition, 40% of your score will be determined by your unmet financial need as reported by the UNM Financial Aid Office. The combination of these two scores will determine your final score and ranking.

Application Materials

PDF icon GSF Scoresheet 2019 Fall.pdf99.99 KB