Gifts support children of NMSU employees

In 1988, a handful of staff members started a scholarship for children of employees. They didn't think they could raise $5,000 - but they collected $6,000 in only five months! The Children of NMSU Employees Scholarship Endowment is now valued at $120,000 and has supported more than 100 students. Two of them are faculty at NMSU!

Megan McQueen, Assistant College Professor, NMSU

Portrait of Megan McQueenMegan McQueen was steeped in Aggie history when she began her studies in 1996. The daughter of two NMSU alumni with her mother Janet McQueen devoting 30 years to working at NMSU, McQueen received the Children of NMSU Employees Scholarship for her freshman year. She remembers that the financial support enabled her to focus on her studies.

"When you're 18 you don't realize how valuable a scholarship is and how much helps," McQueen said of receiving the scholarship based on her mother's employment. "In retrospect, I see how meaningful it was."

McQueen, who is now an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and a minor in Theater Arts before obtaining her Master's in Education. Throughout her undergraduate career she was involved in theater productions and continued her strong connection to the NMSU theater program after graduation.

"It's exciting to know the legacy that I'm continuing - that I'm so familiar with," McQueen said of contributing to her parents' Aggie traditions.

Cynthia Bejarano, Professor, center, advises CAMP students at Breland Hall. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

Students talking at a table

Cynthia Bejarano was an entering freshman in 1991. She applied for the Children of NMSU Employees Scholarship during her sophomore year because her maternal grandfather, Jose Maria Escajeda, was a custodian at NMSU during the mid-1970s. 

"It was incredibly meaningful," Bejarano said. "My grandfather passed away in 1996, but he was able to learn of the recognition I received because of his employment at NMSU and his contribution to my education."

Bejarano completed her undergraduate degree in criminal justice with a supplemental major in law and society and graduated with university honors before receiving her Master's in Public Administration. She completed her Ph.D. in Justice Studies at Arizona State University, but returned to NMSU as part of a fellowship with the Commission of Higher Education, Minority Doctoral Loan for Service Program.

Giving Tuesday November 28, 2017

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