Apply for SpringBoard!

SpringBoard! scholarship applications are due before 5:00 pm on Friday, April 30th.

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**Pdf applications are no longer accepted for SpringBoard! and Over the Rainbow applicants – please follow the link above to create an account and complete your application online. For questions, call Savannah at 575.521.4794**


Created by women for women, the SpringBoard! Scholarship program was established in 2004 to help improve the lives of women in southern New Mexico by providing opportunities for advanced education.  This scholarship will be awarded to non-traditional undergraduate female students from throughout southern New Mexico who are pursuing higher education at a southern New Mexico community college or vocational school in preparation for a career.

Over The Rainbow

An individual scholarship housed under the SpringBoard! fund at the CFSNM.  This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dorothy Ellen Baker, daughter of an Appalachian coal miner who valued higher education for women. She dreamed of attending college, but it was financially out of reach and the school she wanted to attend excluded women.  Her belief in the importance of college for women inspired two of her daughters to complete their Ph.D.s and become professors.  One was a long-time professor of government at NMSU.  This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a non-traditional undergraduate student with financial need attending New Mexico State University (NMSU) or Dona Ana Community College (DACC).  The student may use it as needed to further her education.


Both scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need to non-traditional undergraduate women with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Non-traditional is defined as, among other things, women who did not enter college directly from high school. Scholarships are awarded by the SpringBoard! committee.
**SpringBoard! also offers funds covering GED testing fees.

SpringBoard! Fund Information

Mission: Impacting lives of women in Southern New Mexico by providing educational opportunities through scholarships.

Impact: In its fifteen plus years, SpringBoard! provided assistance to more than 100 women in Southern New Mexico, through “SpringBoard” and “Over the Rainbow” scholarships. Recipient fields of study have included nursing, criminal justice, radiology technology, computer science, dental hygiene, sonography, education and business management/accounting, social work, behavioral health, fire training, videography.


  • Raise funds and increase the number of need-based scholarships and grants awarded to women for community college education and vocational training.
  • Provide financial support for GED applicants.
  • Build an endowment that will support initiatives for women for generations to come.
  • Build networks of women in leadership dedicated to making a difference for women in Southern New Mexico.

Committee: Almost all staff time is provided in-kind by the volunteer SpringBoard! Committee members. The SpringBoard! Committee can also help administer private scholarships that share their mission, such as the Over the Rainbow scholarship.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Support the SpringBoard! fund.
  • Establish an endowment in honor of a loved one.
  • Fund a private scholarship through SpringBoard!