NMAA Athletics

The NMAA Foundation has distributed over $450,000 in scholarships to nearly 350 students since its inception in 2007.  During the 2022-2023 school year, the organization awarded an additional $18,000 in “Together We Rise” scholarships.   In total, $51,500 was given to 48 New Mexico Students.  The Foundation Board of Directors has decided to continue the "Together We Rise" program in 2023-2024 and a minimum of ten (10) additional $1,000 scholarships will be distributed to support even more kids throughout our state. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals in the following categories: 

  • Mario Martinez Memorial NMAA Extraordinary Participation, presented by Nusenda Credit Union (excellence in academics & multiple athletic programs from Class A-2A schools; 2 @ $2,000 each)
  • Gary Tripp NMAA Extraordinary Participation, presented by Nusenda Credit Union (excellence in academics, athletics, and activities from Class 3A-5A schools; 2 @ $2,000 each)
  • Compete with Class, presented by the NM National Guard (sportsmanship; max of 6 @ $1,000 each) *Note: There is no formal application process for the Compete with Class scholarships as awards will be given to students that best exemplify the three pillars of the Compete with Class sportsmanship initiative - Respect, Integrity, and Responsibility.  Recipients will be selected by the NMAA Foundation Board of Directors based on recommendations from the NMAA and its member schools.  These scholarships are available to students from all grade levels, not just graduating seniors (all other scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors only and are based on an application process).
  • Dan & Lucille / Grey Gladiator Athletics, presented by Dion’s (excellence in academics and athletics; 2 @ $1,000 each)
  • Activities, presented by NB3 Foundation & Realty One of NM (excellence in academics and activities; 2 @ $1,000 each)
  • El Richards / Frances Walsh Spirit, presented by Varsity Spirit (excellence in academics & Cheer/Dance; 2 @ $1,000 each)
  • Trade / Technical School, presented by Baca NVS & Por Vida (excellence in athletics, academics, and interest in vocational skills training; 2 @ $1,000 each)
  • We Go Above So You Can Go Beyond, presented by Bank of Albuquerque (excellence in athletics, academics, and interest in business/fiancé; 5 @ $1,000 each)
  • “Together We Rise” (chosen from the applicant pool for the above scholarships based on achievement in athletics or activities, academics, and evaluation of personal statements; minimum 10 scholarships at $1,000 each)

The NMAA Foundation has recognized individuals from approximately 120 different NMAA member high schools over the last sixteen years.   The deadline for each scholarship application is February 1st, 2024, but Compete with Class Scholarship nominations/recommendations can be made through June.  

Application packets must be submitted online via the following webpage: