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2021 US Eagle Scholarship Recipients!


Don't let the media fool you, school is cool. It's even cooler when you get free money towards tuition, books, and living expenses. We know that school isn’t cheap, but we also know that higher education is one of the ways we’re going to build a better future for our state. That’s why we have created a scholarship program to give New Mexico students the opportunity to open the door to more opportunities. Learn more about our 2021 recipients below! 


Build a Branch Scholarship Recipient 

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Alexis Gravelle

Award Amount: $2,000

Scholarship Description: New Mexico covers 121,356 square miles, with an estimated population of 2,095,428 people – 686,089 living in rural New Mexico (USDA-ERS). Theses rural areas face struggles related to demographic changes, land use and environment, workforce development, capital access, infrastructure, health, and community preservation. These challenges make individuals in rural areas more likely to fall victim to predatory lending practices like payday or title loans. Your task is to identify a rural New Mexico community (by definition of the U.S. Census) with two or less financial institutions. Build a Credit Union Branch in this community to provide access to products and resources. Your budget is $1M. Consider the following in your essay: 

  • What services and products do you offer?  
  • What marketing strategies can you use?  
  • How do you gain trust in your community and stand out? 
  • How do you handle staffing challenges due to the low population? 
  • You completed your plan and realized you went over the budget. What measures do you take to cut costs? 

Click here to read Alexis's essay.

About Alexis

College: University of New Mexico

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024

Dream Job: Anesthesiologist

Role Model: Marie Skłodowska Curie 

Show Me Your SOUL Scholarship Recipient 

Marisol Olivas_web

Marisol Olivas

Award Amount: $2,000

Scholarship Description: US Eagle believes that by adding SOUL - Sincerity, Objectivity, Urgency, Learning – and simplicity to the financial experience, we will create fiercely loyal members, deeply engaged employees, and thriving communities. That is our vision. 

Now it's your turn. Introduce your business, your mission statement, and your vision. 

You are tasked with producing onboarding materials for new hires. Provide an acronym that incorporates your business values (remember, ours is SOUL) to help them visualize your mission's meaning and value. Create a video, slideshow, or document to show your employees how to implement these values in their daily workflow. 

Click here to watch Marisol's video.

About Marisol

College: New Mexico State University

Dream Job: "I would like to hope that my dream job will be to work with baby goats. Just several years ago, I decided to raise a baby goat. I gave my goat several bottles of cow milk every single day. Since then, I have become so in love with raising goats, and they bring me so much joy. Hopefully, one day, I hope to have my own goat farm, and my dream job will come true by working with my baby goats!"

Hero: "My hero is my mother. She has taught me so much and is my role model. She has shown me that if I want something in life, I need to work for it. She is a first-generation college student and has encouraged me to pursue a higher education. She has taught me to work hard for everything in life and to have fun."

Vigil Bullying Prevention Scholarship Recipient 

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Santi Huggins

Award Amount: $2,000

Scholarship Description: The 2017 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, nationwide, about 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying ( Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Youth, adults, at school, at work, and can occur online, verbally, socially, and physically. Pick a demographic or age group to create an online-digital curriculum focusing on educating about bullying and the effects it has. Digital submissions can be in the form of video, podcast, web page, etc. 


  • Classroom curriculum to be taught in public schools 
  • Parent Podcast 
  • Video 
  • Webinar 
  • Phone Application  

Please prepare a digital submission in the format of your choice and submit with a brief paragraph explaining the area and age group you plan to address. 

Click here to watch Santi's video.

About Santi

College: University of New Mexico

Dream Job: CEO of my own successful business!

Role Model: Jamal Murray


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