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Amigo Scholarship

The International Amigo Scholarship entitles qualifying international students to a non-resident tuition waiver (value of more than $11,000 per year) provided a student meets renewal requirements. This means the student will pay only the in-state tuition rate and living expenses. The Amigo Scholarship is a tuition-specific award and does not convert to a cash award.


Graduates must have:

  • The equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 college grade point average (GPA) as determined by UNM.

  • Admission to a full-time UNM graduate degree program.

  • Recommendation by the graduate department to receive the scholarship.

  • No other UNM assistantships.

  • No previous attendance in the current UNM program.

Nomination Process

ALL GRADUATE students will be considered for the scholarship upon admission to a UNM graduate program AND nomination by the graduate department. Scholarships will be awarded with a Nomination Priority Deadline of February 15th for the Fall admission semester in a departmentally-representative fashion.  Once this date passes, scholarships will be awarded with no department receiving more than 10 total Amigo offers.  Scholarships are limited in number.

Individual academic departments will nominate applicants as part of the departmental admission process and inform the Office of International Admissions via the International Admission decision form submitted through the OnBase workflow. The Office of International Admissions will screen the nominations for eligibility (international student, admitted).

The Office of International Admissions will send a time-sensitive email notifying the applicant of the awarding of this scholarship and, if applicable, the need for any other needed financial documentation to issue an I-20 immigration document. The awardee will have a specified deadline in which to accept the award and admission by completing all steps outlined in the email. Students will also be informed that this is a non-binding acceptance should he/she ultimately decide not to attend UNM.  If and when an applicant accepts an assistantship or any other award that covers the non-resident portion of tuition, graduate units should notify the Office of International Admissions.

Renewal Eligibility

The Scholarship may be renewed annually for up to two years for master degree students and four years for doctoral degree students provided the student maintains enrollment in 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters with a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester.  Courses with grades of W, WP, WF, WNC, NC, I Audit, and NR will not be counted toward the total completed semester hours.  As a graduate level scholarship, students are expected to enroll in graduate level course work for the duration of the scholarship.  A student who fails to meet the requirements will lose the scholarship.  Additionally a student who accepts an assistantship during graduate study at UNM will forfeit the International Amigo Scholarship.