CONTACT: Andrea Tawney, 575-646-1613, atawney
An event where some of New Mexico State University’s most passionate supporters dress up, dance, bid and come together in support of the state’s high academic achieving students set a new scholarship fundraising record in April. The President’s Associates Ball not only shattered goals in attendance and scholarship dollars but also netted one of the highest amounts for a nonprofit fundraiser in the region.
“The President’s Associates Ball success is all due to the generosity of our Aggie community who believe in the youth of our state,” said NMSU Foundation President Andrea Tawney. “From auction donors and sponsors to foundation staff and attendees, the event was a large team effort of many community members.”
The NMSU Foundation and President’s Associates Board host the President’s Associates Ball every two years with the goal of raising scholarship money to annually fund incoming freshmen as President’s Associates Scholars. Recipients rise to the top of New Mexico’s talent pool, demonstrating impressive high school grade point averages and ACT scores along with maintaining a balance of community service and extracurricular activities.
This year, more than 350 attendees, as well as those who bid in an online auction, raised more than $75,000 that will provide freshman President’s Associates Scholars with NMSU’s most prestigious scholarship.
“We are beyond pleased to welcome students to NMSU this fall as some of the university’s and the state’s rising stars,” Tawney said. “Keeping New Mexico’s greatest assets within our state is crucial for building and sustaining our economy, and these students will be the future leaders to do that. NMSU donors are investing in the future of New Mexico when participating in the President’s Associates Ball.”
Since 1978, the President’s Associates Board and generous donors have raised $3.8 million in scholarships. Currently, more than 50 students at NMSU serve as President’s Associates Scholars who come from across New Mexico, including Flora Vista and Santa Cruz to Hatch and La Luz, along with Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Most pursue degrees in high-demand careers like biology and genetics, civil engineering, government and more.
“Some of these students may not have otherwise been able to attend NMSU or would have taken their talent to a school in another state because of a better scholarship offer,” Tawney said. “Supporters of the President’s Associates Ball prevent financial challenges from stopping these sharp and tenacious students from receiving a world-class education right at home. Our supporters make a big impact not only in the lives of these deserving students but also on the future of our state.”
Sponsors and supporters of the event include Ed and Barbara Foreman, along with Ashley Homestore, Century Bank, El Paso Electric, Salopek 6U Farms and Western Heritage Bank.