The New Mexico Higher Education Department announced that it will invest over $3 million from the state’s Higher Education Endowment Fund for initiatives focused on education, economic development, and other priorities state officials say are aimed to move the state forward.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approved the funds earlier this year, which are directed at growing the capacity of state colleges and universities to prepare students for careers in high-need areas and conduct research in priority areas including technology, health, education and agriculture.
New Mexico Tech will be on the receiving end of close to $1 million.
- $500,000 for the Maurice R. Greenberg Endowed Professorship for American Indian faculty in Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering, or Physics.
- $100,000 for the Kaiser MST Teacher Endowment to provide scholarships to diverse participants in the Master of Science for Teachers Program.
- $446,500 for the Senator Pete V. Domenici Endowed Faculty Professorship in Science and Technology for National Security
The New Mexico Higher Education Department, Economic Development Department, and Department of Finance and Administration reviewed proposals from New Mexico public colleges and universities and awarded those anticipated to have the highest impact. This year’s awards prioritized teacher preparation, early childhood education, healthcare and the sciences, in addition to student wellbeing, and faculty retention.
“New Mexico’s public colleges and universities are innovation hubs and are vital for meeting workforce needs and driving economic development in every region,” Higher Education Secretary Stephanie M. Rodriguez said. “Thanks to Gov. Lujan Grisham and our higher education partners, we are making long-term investments in the programs and professionals that New Mexico needs to maintain meaningful progress in education, workforce development, science, technology, and more.”
Other recipients include UNM, NMSU, NM Western NM Highlands, San Juan College and Santa Fe Community College.