ARMAS in Education Center

Achieving in Research, Math, and Science

Scholars Program / Scholars Program

Great news! Two 2016 ARMAS Scholarships are available for upperclassmen majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Geology and Forestry.  Please read the eligibility requirements and consider applying!  For the 2016 applications and related forms click here.

The deadline for applying is Friday, August 5, 2016.  Please call Elizabeth Ratzlaff at 426-2009 or email her at if you have questions about the program.

The Achieving in Research, Mathematics And Science (ARMAS) Scholarship Program is a five year grant that was funded by the National Science Foundation in 2012.  The program was initially designed to provide effective financial and student support services to three cohorts of students majoring in either Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Geology or Forestry at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU).  Due to timely graduations, extra funds have been available to support additional students, we have been able to expand the number in the third cohort and support a fourth cohort. The co-principal investigators on the grant are Dr. Jennifer Lindline, Dr. Edward Martinez and Dr. Mary Shaw. ARMAS Scholars receive $10,000 per year for up to a three year period. The financial support enables students to work less while attending school full-time during the last two to three years of their studies. Coupled with the financial support, enhanced academic and career support services, faculty mentorship, and peer support are integral components of the program. The goal of the program is to provide support to students who plan to pursue research in non-health related STEM disciplines. The ARMAS Scholars participate in an inter-disciplinary, problem-based seminar offered each semester to the ARMAS scholars.  This year the ARMAS Scholars Seminar, led by Dr. Brooks Maki Brown, will be coordinating the New Mexico Highlands University Student Research Day.

Click here for the list of ARMAS scholars awarded. 


Organic Chemistry Student Has Pick of Seven Doctoral Programs ​An organic chemistry senior at Highlands University has his pick of seven top doctoral programs around the country.In December, Melecio Perea’s letters of acceptance started rolling in from Ph.D. programs at Yale, UC-Berkeley, UT-Austin, UCLA, Northwestern University, Colorado State University and Indiana University. “I feel very honored and thrilled to be accepted into these doctoral programs because they are all exceptional in organic chemistry research,” said Perea, a 21-year-old Las Vegas, New Mexico native. “I’m most interested in researching the synthesis of complex molecules that exhibit biological activity in the human body. For instance, molecules that could potentially have therapeutic



Most college scholarships target incoming freshmen and undergraduates, so the sooner you start searching for awards and applying for them, the better.

Financial Aid and scholarships information are available click here.

Please call the Financial Aid office at 505-454-3318 or toll free at 1-800-379-4038.

Private Student Loans as a Tool to Pay for College

Another good resource is, a search engine for scholarships. 

Women in Engineering Scholarships for Women


© 2012 ARMAS in Education Center