Pay it Forward


If we were to ask you to name the best thing about New Mexico Highlands University, would it be…

SUCCESS: Success stories at Highlands are common. We help students see a broader world, and help them find their place in it.

FAMILY: Our caring professors, coaches and staff allow each student to truly become part of the Highlands family. And, when you graduate, you experience a supportive alumni network and the ‘Power of Purple.’

OPPORTUNITY: Did you know that nearly half of the Highlands undergraduates are the first in their family to earn a degree?



Deseree Povijua shares with us her great Highlands story…

Opportunity abounds at New Mexico Highlands. Recent Highlands graduate Deseree Povijua, an Ohkay Owingeh member from Penasco, New Mexico, chose Highlands because she was offered the Legislative Silver Scholarship. Without that assistance, she would not have been able to attend college. “I really liked the smaller campus setting, classes being very hands on, and the close relationships that NMHU offered,” Povijua said. Like many Highlands students, Povijua has had ample opportunity for real-world experience through three internships: one in Costa Rica to study butterfly pheromones, another in Milwaukee to study addictive behavior, and a third in Portland to study neurotoxins. Povijua is applying to medical school and looking forward to a practice in internal medicine or pediatrics. Povijua also wants to pay forward her opportunity by going back to her pueblo to talk with teens about attending Highlands and the doors it can open for them.

Yes, I’m thinking purple and would like to Pay it Forward! Please designate what you would like your gift to Highlands to support: Areas of greatest need, Scholarships or Athletics

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New Mexico Highlands University Foundation, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701