We are so proud of our three Bosque School seniors, Alex, Emma, and Ochs, who were awarded the Davis New Mexico Scholarship! This impressive scholarship honors first-generation college students with a full four-year scholarship to one of seven partner colleges.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be first-generation college students who have done well in rigorous high school courses, demonstrated resiliency, and are committed to graduating from college in four years.
Bosque School’s college counselors, Mark Giesmann and Amy Lucero, felt Alex, Emma, and Ochs would be excellent candidates for the scholarship and encouraged them to apply. Emma explained, “I learned about the scholarship at one of the college nights—Mr. Giesmann told me about it. He said that there were seven colleges aligned with the scholarship and that it was a great opportunity, and he thought I would get it. As I got closer and closer to senior year, I thought, ‘This is something I want. This is something that I’m going to go for.’ I’ve always wanted to go out of state for college, but it was a struggle wondering how to pay for it. So, this scholarship is the best thing that could have happened.”
Ochs is also appreciative of the help they received from their teachers, Mr. Giesmann, and Ms. Lucero. “The teachers have all been super supportive and helpful,” they said. “The help I've gotten from so many of my teachers has helped me improve in my subjects. Also, Mr. Giesmann and Ms. Lucero helped so much when it came to writing my application essays. They would review them until they were the best they could be.”
Writing essays, filling out applications, and navigating the college admission process can definitely be time-consuming and stressful. When Alex first learned she’d been awarded the scholarship, she mainly felt a tremendous sense of relief. “I just felt super relieved because this scholarship is a huge help with the whole college process,” she said.
As a Bosque School student, Alex learned how to cope with stress and pressure, and she knows those skills will be helpful in college as well. “I think one of the main things that Bosque has taught me is how to handle a huge amount of work without crumbling under the weight of it all. So, in college, I know that I'll be able to handle whatever they throw at me,” she said. “And though the curriculum can be stressful at times, I'm really grateful I got to spend my middle school and high school years here.”
Now that they know they have full-ride scholarships, the pressure has eased a bit, and they all can allow themselves to feel the excitement that comes with making plans to head off to college. Neither Ochs, Alex, nor Emma have committed to a school yet, but no matter where they end up, they are looking forward to meeting new people and exploring new places.
Alex would like to focus on media studies like cinematography, directing, and producing, and maybe even study marine biology, psychology, or music. Wherever she goes, she says she’ll still be fueling her reading addiction! Ochs is planning to major in theater and also hopes to be able to spend some time learning about photography. Emma isn’t sure what she would like to major in, but she loves to write and would like to explore that further. She also plays the violin and would like to continue playing, even as just a hobby.
We are looking forward to hearing which schools Emma, Ochs, and Alex choose to attend, and we hope that no matter where they go, they’ll keep in touch with their Bobcat family back home in New Mexico.
The Davis New Mexico Scholarship was founded in 2014 for the purpose of supporting and creating pathways for first-generation college students who are dedicated to pursuing a college education. Over the years, Davis New Mexico Scholarship recipients have collectively received more than $23 million in scholarships and more than $1.5 million in grants. The Davis New Mexico partner colleges are:
Lawrence University, WI
University of Denver, CO
Southwestern University, TX
St. Edward's University, TX
University of Portland, OR
Occidental College, CA
University of Chicago, IL