How to Qualify

  1. Must be a New Mexico Resident.
  2. Must be a junior enrolled in a New Mexico high school with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0, which must be maintained in order to continue with the institute. (must submit an official or unofficial copy of a current high school transcript).
  3. Must commit to completing the two-week NM Leadership Institute summer academies (one week after Junior year – Academy I; one week after Senior year – Academy II).
  4. Must commit to completing the NMLI Challenge during your Senior year
  5. Must agree to attend either New Mexico State University or the University of New Mexico.


Students must submit all program application materials (including high school transcripts and letters of recommendation) no later than January 29, @ 11:59 PM, 2017.  Application material can be submitted at:

Applications will be accepted from November 5, 2015 – January 29th, 2017 @ 11:59 PM.

Steps To Success

If selected to be a NMLI Scholar, you commit to completing all the following, while maintaining a 3.0 G.P.A.:

  1. Attend a two week academy, participating one week at NMSU after your Junior year and the other week at UNM after successful completion of your Senior year.
  2. Participate in the NMLI Challenge during your senior year which will include research, a community service project, e-learning and an engagement component.
  3. *Commit to attend UNM or NMSU upon completion of the yearlong challenge and graduate high school with 3.0 GPA or higher. For application details for UNM please visit and for NMSU visit
  4. Commit to the continued development of leadership skills while attending college including
    • Mentor students in the NMLI Academy
    • Enroll in at least one class during the year that relates to leadership
    • Join a recognized student organization on campus
    • Participate in at least one summer internship during your college career where you will work with business leaders in the field you aspire to work in after graduating college
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