June 17, 2005
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393
jchavez@ped.state.nm.us

N.M. Public Education Department Announces
2005-2006 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Winners

Santa Fe—The New Mexico Public Education Department today announced that 44 New Mexico high school seniors have been selected as Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars for the 2005-2006 academic year. The students will receive $1,500 annual scholarships each year, for up to four years, to apply toward college or university expenses anywhere in the United States.

“It is an honor to recognize these outstanding students for their educational accomplishments. Being named a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar is a tremendous achievement and reflects each student’s devotion to academic excellence,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García.

The students were selected from among 175 applicants in the state based on their academic achievement and American College Test (ACT)/Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT ®) scores. Minimum eligibility requirements were a 3.5 grade point average and either a score of 27 on the ACT or 1220 on the SAT. The scholarships were awarded to students throughout the state.

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships were first awarded in 1987 for the first year of study. The program, administered by the PED, is federally funded.

The complete list of awardees is available at www.ped.state.nm.us. For more information on the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program, please contact Daniel P. Benavidez, the PED’s program coordinator, or Jenna M. Jaquez, assistant program coordinator, at (505) 827-1421.