Under sunny skies on the greens of the New Mexico Tech Golf Course, alumni, supporters, faculty, staff, students, and others gathered to play golf and raise funds for student scholarships. The 28th Annual President’s Golf Tournament, held Sept. 15 and 16, is the signature fundraising event for the President’s Tuition Assistance Fund.
Due to the rigor of Tech’s curriculum, many students take more than four years to graduate. Unfortunately, most federal and state-sponsored assistance lasts only four years, which means many Tech students are left with no financial aid for tuition and living expenses during their last few semesters before graduation.
New Mexico Tech President Stephen G. Wells said the tournament is “where recreation meets scholastics.”
“We guarantee that they’ll finish here at New Mexico Tech through the funds that are raised here via all the sponsorships and participants in this golf tournament,” he said.
Going back to 2000, the President’s Tuition Assistance Fund has supported over 400 students with more than $946,141 worth of scholarships that have provided critical support to students finishing their degrees. Ninety-seven teams in three flights raised more than $250,000 in this year’s two-day tournament.