UNM students fight for lottery scholarship

Posted at: 12/06/2012 8:58 AM
Updated at: 12/06/2012 1:26 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

UNM students are helping to fight for the Lottery Scholarship Fund of New Mexico.

The scholarship could run dry as early as the middle of 2013 unless something changes.

The ASUNM President, Caroline Muraida, and the UNM Student Regent, Jake Wellman, presented  the UNM Board of Regents Wednesday with results of a recent survey that students, parents, and staff and faculty took about the Lottery Scholarship.

The questions focused on requirements for the scholarship.

One problem is so many students get aid from the scholarship and drop out of school after only a few semesters.

More than 40 percent of students surveyed wanted increased GPA requirements.

The GPA requirement is a 2.5 now, but the ASUNM president wants it to get somewhere between that and 3.3.

But Caroline Muraida said she does not want to get away from the idea of the Lottery Scholarship.

"It's to provide access, quality, higher-education access to all New Mexicans. So, we really don't want to limit that too much," Muraida said.

But she said the student leadership needs all the help they can get from the UNM area.

"It would be great to get input from the UNM community, parents, we had some faculty, we had some staff there. But continue to make this a community solution," she said.

Muraida and Wellman will use the survey and input from the UNM community to draft legislation to propose in the legislative session for January in Santa Fe.

Muraida said students have sent in letters and opinions to legislators before, but nothing like drafting legislation to work with politicians.