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4/16/18 12:08 PM


Parents and students should contact their counselor of record for any concerns.  Our counselors are at school from 7:00 am – 2:45 pm.  If a student needs to see a counselor, they can make an appointment with our counseling secretary Ms. Vanessa Mckenzie at ext. 50040 or


9th Grade Academy counselor is located in the 9th grade academy building in the main conference room.

Helen Trujillo, ext. 50129

Robert Reynolds, A-F, 12th N-Z, ext. 50038

Sandra Gabaldon, G-M, 10th and 11th N-Z ext. 50018


Suicide Prevention



SENIORS DO NOT FORGET ABOUT FINANCIAL AID.  If you have not started the process or have not finished the process, please see your counselor ASAP and we will help you.  Thank you!!!






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Where do I find scholarships?

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There are multiple scholarship opportunities at and Visit this website for details.


DUE DATE: Nov. 30: Daniels Fund Scholarship:  competitive scholarship with financial need component. Application opens Sept. 29 and is due November 30, 2017.  This incredible scholarship pays ALL UNMET NEEDS for college!  Seniors only.  See website to see if you qualify.

DUE DATE: Nov. 30Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (500 Awards - $50,000). Information/application here.

DUE DATE: January ? 2018: DECA Scholarships. Must be an active DECA member. Information here!

DUE DATE: January 30, 2018: National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship:  Awards: 475 national semifinalists - $2,850 scholarship; 24 national finalists - $5,150 scholarship; 1 national winner - $22,650 scholarship. Seniors who are NHS members only. Opens Oct. 6.  See website for details Requires application & 3 recommendations.

DUE DATE: March 1, 2018 (must be emailed OR postmarked by this date): NM Education Council Scholarship. (8 awards, $1,000 each.) Seniors only, must attend in-state NM college or university (2-yr. or 4-yr. school). Selection is based on the student's desire to create a better New Mexico through educational attainment, as exemplified through the student's family, school, community, and academic ability, as well as the quality of the required essay. Details here and application here.

DUE DATE: March ?, 2018: Quest Bridge College Prep Scholars:  JUNIORS with outstanding grades & test scores + lower income backgrounds (typically households earning less than $65,000/yr. for a family of four, and often less). Fantastic opportunity. See website for details and application, and to see if you qualify.

DUE DATE: Spring 2018, TBA. Burt Parnell Law Office Essay Contest. Award details & information coming soon.

DUE DATE: March - May 2018 (see Duck Brand website for exact dates): Duck Tape "Stuck on Prom" contest: make your prom dress/tux out of duct tape and win up to $10,000! Info/application here.

DUE DATE: June 14, 2018. Abbott & Fenner Scholarship Program.  $1,000. Application process: submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:

DUE DATE: June 19, 2018.  $500.  Big Sun Scholarship. Graduating senior student athletes only. Apply at:

DUE DATE: June 25, 2018: Chief Manuelito Scholarship for Navajo senior students only. $7,000/yr. ACT & GPA minimums -- see chart; must also complete Navajo language and government classes. Click here.

Expired scholarships from 2016-2017; (updated deadlines will be posted ASAP):

DUE DATE: January--, 2018: JUNIORS ONLY!  New Mexico Leadership Institute's $15,000 scholarship, available to juniors who plan to attend either UNM or NMSU, and who are passionate about leadership, community work, and being future leaders of NM. For more information, click here.  ( The $15K CAN be stacked on top of other academic or need-based scholarships the student receives from UNM or NMSU.  (EHS students have won this scholarship over the past 2 years, since its inception.)

DUE DATE: February--, 2018$3,000 (2 winners).  Open to graduating seniors only.  Coalition of Educational Leaders (NMCEL): Preference given to students considering a major in the field of education, incl. teaching, counseling, school business, HR, etc. Must have 3.0 GPA or better. Application process:  complete scholarship application form; 2 letters of recommendation from teacher/school administrators; essay (300 words min.) outlining your reasons for entering the field of education. Click here for website & application.  Preferred method of applying: e-mail all parts of application to:   Or mail to: NMCEL/COE, MSC05 3040/1 UNM/Albuquerque, NM 87131. Phone: (505) 217-2345. Information & deadline coming ASAP.

DUE DATE: March --2018 (TBA). $5,000 (one winner) or $1,500 (2 winners) in each of 2 categories: 1) Jiffy Lube's Licensed Driver Scholarship. Open to ages 16 - 18. Write a brief essay.  2) Jiffy Lube's Driver's Ed Student Scholarship.  Open to ages 15 - 17 who took/are taking Driver's Ed this year. Write a brief essay.

DUE DATE: March 2018: Albuquerque Community Foundation:  multiple scholarships, seniors only. Details and applications online:   Includes the following:

Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship : Assistance to students in the field of Automotive Technology and related Applied Technologies. Students must pursue a degree or certificate from a nonprofit, public, automotive or technical vocational institution including community colleges.

Charlie and Kathy Barnhart and Ken Haynes, Jr.  Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship Fund:  Assistance to NM graduating high school seniors residing in a manufactured home.

Notah Begay III Scholarship Fund: Assistance to Native American athletes attending college. Awards are made to NM high school graduating seniors demonstrating strong academic achievement and participation in any varsity level team sport.

Sussman-Miller Educational Assistance Fund: Assistance to students to further their education in an undergraduate program who need financial assistance to address the ‘gap’ in financial aid packages.

David R. Woodling Memorial Scholarship: Assistance to students attending an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution in pursuit of a certificate or degree in a metals technology program with a concentration in machine tool technology and welding.

Youth in Foster Care Scholarship Fund: Assistance to young adults who have been in the New Mexico foster care system who want to develop a marketable skill or continue their education at a post-secondary school.

James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship Fund: Assistance​ to students for post-secondary education in pursuit of a life dream with hope, faith and courage in spite of facing hardship. This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a professional goal and have faced or facing adversity.

Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque Scholarship Fund:  Assistance to graduating students with strong community service experience and strong academic records from an Albuquerque metro area high school, who are planning a career in child development and/or teaching.

Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Fund: Assistance to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors of exceptional promise in the fields of science and math.

DUE DATE:  March 2018.  $1,000.  Iota Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. scholarship: senior male students of color only. Re: academic excellence and contributions to school and community. This assistance is in the form of a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $1,000.00. This scholarship is a charitable cause of Iota Psi Lambda Albuquerque Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and is administered through the E.S. Foster Education Assistance Trust, a United Way 501c3 charity. Visit this website:  Questions?

DUE DATE:  March 2018. $1,000. Seniors only.  BEStstaff, Inc. Scholarship.  Must meet the following criteria to be considered: 1. Attend a traditional APS school/APS-affiliated Charter School. 2. Demonstrate community involvement and service through school-wide and extracurricular activities, church and/or other organizations. Deadline & application coming ASAP.

DUE DATE: April 2018: ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math & Science Scholarships: $5,000, graduating African American or Hispanic seniors only. Deadline & application coming ASAP.

DUE DATE: April 2018: Camilla Rowe Memorial Scholarship. $1,200. For seniors only who attended Eisenhower MS for at least 1 year. Camilla Rowe was a beloved teacher at EMS whose teaching philosophy emphasized to her students "to question, seek answers, and question again in the search of Truth".  Her family established this scholarship in her honor. Requires application and essay (400-500 words) on topic to be announced. Go ----- for details and application:

DUE DATE: May 2018: Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award: $1,000 or $500. Open to students 13 - 18 who are committed to community service. Amy Biehl, a graduate of Santa Fe High School, understood that, as an American, she had it better than many people in much of the world. She also believed that she had a duty to give back—to make life better for others who were not so fortunate. To that end, Amy went to South Africa at the age of 26 as a Fulbright Scholar to help that country’s leaders develop a new constitution. While conducting voter registration for South Africa’s first all-race election—the election that would end apartheid—she was killed in a riot. The Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award was founded by New Mexico Voices for Children in 1993—the year that Amy died. The award honors Amy’s commitment to serve by honoring young people in New Mexico who have stepped up to bring positive change to their communities and/or the world at large through community service. One first place winner and one second place winner are named from each of the two age groups (13-18 and 19-26), and will receive scholarship awards. Info & application to be updated here ASAP.

DUE DATE: May 2018.  $1,000.  B. Davis Scholarship. Open to seniors & juniors.  Apply here:

DUE DATE: May 2018. SCW DREAMers Scholarship. $2,500. Open to any HS senior in the U.S. More information/Application

DUE DATE: June 2018. $1,500 (with possible additional $1,000 - $3,000). C & D Scholarship. open to any graduating senior with a GPA of NO GREATER THAN a 2.49! Requires recommendation from counselor or teacher. Application to come.

DUE DATE:  June --2018.  Seniors only. $1,000.  Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates: a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science & math; a passion for the nursing profession and field of healthcare. Open to all HS seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage for detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


DUE DATE: August ? 2018: Neal Davis Law Scholarship (1 Award - $1,000).  Information/application here.

DUE DATE:  August ? 2018YDI Scholarship (1 Award - $1,000). Information/application here.

DUE DATE:  August ? 2018:  VIP Scholarship (1 Award - $5,000).  Information/application here.

DUE DATE:  August ? 2018SP Scholarship (10 Awards - $10,000). Information/application here.

DUE DATE: August ? 2018: Make Me Laugh Scholarship ($1500). Open to students aged 13 or older.  Submit an online written response to the question: "OMG... finding and applying for scholarships is serious business, but it's time to lighten things up a little. We don't want to know why you deserve $1,500 or how great your grades are, we simply want to LOL. Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh!" (250 words or less)  Information/application here.

DUE DATE: August ? 2018: Rover Scholarship (2 Awards - $500). Seniors need 3.0 GPA. Information/application here.

DUE DATE: August ? 2018: CourseHero Monthly Scholarship. $5,000. Information/application here.

DUE DATE: August ? 2018: Niche "No Essay Scholarship. $2,000. Information/application here.

DUE DATE: August ? 2018: Connext Go Fund Yourself Scholarship. $5,000. Information/application here.

DUE DATE: Early Sept. ? 2018: Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship: seniors only. $1,000.Detailed application, requires essay & recommendation! Info & application here.

Scholarship opportunity

New ‘Gates Scholarship’ to Offer Full Ride to 300 Students of Color



We hope this message finds you doing well. The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors.  Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Please click here for more information on applications and eligibility.


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Counseling Services

Counselors serve as a resource and academic support service to students, parents/ guardians, and staff and are an integral part of the total educational enterprise.  Counselors meet the needs of students by helping them:

  • Become more aware of who they are and how to interact with others
  • Develop competencies in career development and life planning
  • Achieve success in school

Counseling services are available during the day.  If a counselor is not available, the secretary can assist students or teachers in scheduling an appointment.

Students wishing to see a counselor are to fill out an appointment request form.  Forms are available from the counseling secretary.  The counselor will send for the student as soon as possible.  Students should visit the office only during passing periods, lunch, and before and after school.


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