CNM Awards First 'Full-Ride' Scholarship

CNM has awarded a former dual credit student and current CNM student, Marissa Trujillo, with the inaugural Chester French and Diana Stewart Presidential Scholarship, which is the first "full-ride" scholarship to be established at CNM.
July 16, 2015

The French Family of Companies donated $50,000 to establish the groundbreaking scholarship for CNM, which is named in honor of Chester French Stewart and his wife, Diana Stewart.

Trujillo, and subsequent scholarship recipients, will receive $2,500 each academic year for two years to cover tuition, fees, books and other related educational expenses. Scholarship winners will also have opportunities to shadow the leadership team of the French Family of Companies.

CNM is planning to create more Presidential Scholarships in the future that will reward outstanding CNM students in other fields of study.

“We are very hopeful that this Presidential Scholarship will be the first of more full-ride scholarships at CNM,” said CNM President Kathie Winograd. “This first Presidential Scholarship was designed for dual credit students, but we are planning to offer more Presidential Scholarships to CNM students who are high achievers in their studies. We have so many excellent students at CNM who go on to excel at universities, we want to reward more of them for their outstanding academic efforts while they’re at our college. We want more of our outstanding students to have the opportunity to focus solely on their academics through scholarships like this at CNM."

The Chester French and Diana Stewart Presidential Scholarship is designed for outstanding students who:

  • are a current or past dual credit student
  • have a high school and CNM GPA of 3.0 or higher, which they must maintain throughout their two years at CNM
  • are a full-time student
  • are currently enrolled in a business-related associate degree program
  • stay on track to receive their degree within two years
  • have a history of service in their community.

Trujillo graduated in spring 2012 from Sandia High School with a 3.6 GPA and started school at CNM this fall as a full-time student majoring in Business. She completed 18 credit hours of CNM dual credit courses while at Sandia, giving her a jump start on her pursuit of an associate degree in Business.

At Sandia High, she also volunteered to work one-on-one with students who had developmental disabilities. She currently works full-time at a day care.

Trujillo, as long as she continues to meet the scholarship’s requirements, will stay on the scholarship through the 2013-14 academic year. Another recipient for the two-year scholarship will be selected before the 2013 fall term. For more information on the scholarship, call the CNM Foundation at 224-4685.