UNM-Gallup receives funding to better meet needs of community

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Two $2.5 million endowments enable hiring of faculty for nursing, teacher education

By Richard Reyes Monday, Oct. 17, 2022

GALLUP, N.M. - The University of New Mexico-Gallup recently received five financial awards that will allow the branch campus to better meet the needs of the community while also improving student recruitment and retention.

UNM-Gallup received the following financial awards:

  • Nursing Faculty Endowment for $2.5 million.
  • Teacher Education Faculty Endowment for $2.5 million.
  • Nursing Expansion Award for $464,000.
  • Tribal Education Initiative Award for $100,000.
  • Early Childhood Student Success Grant for $88,000.

“These financial awards are significant,” UNM-Gallup Interim Chancellor Sabrina Ezzell said. “The endowments for nursing and education are particularly instrumental in helping us meet the critical needs of the community.”

The two faculty endowments are for faculty salaries, enabling UNM-Gallup to hire two additional faculty members ― one for the Nursing Program and one for the Teacher Education Program. The branch uses the interest off the endowments to pay the salaries. The endowments will continue to fund the faculty positions for years to come.

The other three financial awards are one-time awards for fiscal year 2022-2023.

The Nursing Expansion funds will go toward faculty salaries along with simulation equipment and instructional materials. The funding also goes toward student scholarships that pay for Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) fees and National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) testing review fees.

The Tribal Education Initiative Award will pay for a student success specialist in the Education Department.

And the Early Childhood Student Success Grant will provide stipends for students in the Early Childhood Education Program. Students will be eligible to receive between $1,500 and $2,000 each to help cover the costs of tuition. The stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

“All of these awards help us with student recruitment and retention,” Ezzell said. “Additional faculty will help us to increase the number of nursing and education students, while money towards student support will help to increase the number of students who progress and graduate.”

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