Welcome to our Taos Community Foundation Scholarship page.
TCF Scholarship Deadline remains the same, however we understand that students may not be able to access transcripts and so we have made that requirement optional.
Students applying for either the First Generation or Gutierrez Scholarships should still submit the information for their chosen recommender but will be able to submit an application without that recommendation.
The Scholarship Application Deadline is March 22, 2020.
There are 5 separate scholarship applications available this year. Applications must be completed online. You will first need to register in the scholarship application system by creating an account. We suggest creating your account well in advance of the deadline to avoid any last minute issues. At the time of registration, you are required to enter the following information:
- Your email address.
- Your contact information.
Once you have registered, your account dashboard is displayed on the screen every time you log in.
From the dashboard you can do the following:
- Edit your contact information
- Begin the application process
- Access application drafts and submitted applications
Tutorials for assisting you with the application process can be found on the login page.
There are 5 application forms available.
You may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible to receive.
- The Blake Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 and awarded in memory of Ernie Blake, Founder of Taos Ski Valley. This scholarship is available to graduating seniors in Taos County for students pursuing higher education. The scholarship is available to those applying to 4-year colleges and universities as well as 2-year vocational/trade schools. The award is $1,000 renewable for up to three years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained. This scholarship is open to applicants (or whose parent/guardian) who currently works for, or has been employed by Taos Ski Valley Inc.
- The Friedman Family Scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. Orrie Friedman. This award is available to graduating seniors in Taos County, for students pursuing higher education. The scholarship is available to those applying to four year colleges and universities as well as 2 year vocational/trade schools. The award is $1,500 renewable for up to three years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained. This scholarship is open to applicants (or whose parent/guardian) work or has worked anywhere in the community of Taos Ski Valley.
- The Manuel & Fillie Garcia Hispanic Scholarship is awarded in memory of the Garcia Family and celebrates the drive and ambition of our local Hispanic students and their celebration of their heritage and culture. This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors in Taos County who are Hispanic students pursuing higher education. The scholarship is available to those applying to four year colleges and universities as well as 2 year vocational/trade schools. The award amount will be determined at the time of committee review. These awards may be renewable for up to three years, if a 3.0 GPA is maintained and all required paperwork is returned in accordance with the Scholarship Agreement.
- The Beatrice T. Gutierrez and Virgil D. Gutierrez Legacy Scholarship was established in 2018. This award was established by the children of Beatrice and Virgil Gutierrez, and will be awarded to a student who is planning to study and build a career in the sciences or education, and who has a positive and inspiring vision for the world. Mr. and Mrs. Gutierrez devoted their lives to teaching in Taos Public Schools. The scholarship is available to seniors graduating from Taos High School who plan to pursue advanced studies in mathematics, science, or education by attending a 4 year college or university. The Fund will also consider those applying to two year vocational or trade schools. The award is $3,500 renewable for up to 4 years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained.
- The First Generation College Scholarship is offered through the wonderful support and generosity of a philanthropic family who wishes to remain anonymous. This is a comprehensive college scholarship that pays towards the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies. It is a supplemental or last dollar scholarship.
The amount of the scholarship is unique to each scholar and can vary from year to year, and could be up to an award of $15,000 per year. This is a 4 year award provided a 3.0 GPA is maintained during the award period and that all required paperwork is submitted in accordance with the Scholarship Agreement that will be presented at the time of selection.
The First Generation Scholarship Award is only for attendance at a New Mexico University or College:
or a University or College that is part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange.
For information on the Western undergraduate exchange program, visit: https://www.wiche.edu/wue
Once you have created an account you will be able to apply.
Before you begin the application process, please be sure that you have collected all the documents listed in the 2020 Scholarship Checklist.
Once you begin the application process, you can save your form and return to it later. Remember to click “Submit Form” when you complete your online application. Note: Once the online application has been submitted, you will not be able to make any changes to it.