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Scholarships Available for Nuclear Programs at NMJC

6/25/2014 5:13:47 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Students interested in the nuclear energy field have the opportunity to receive one of several scholarships at New Mexico Junior College for the 2014 fall semester. These scholarship recipients can obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Nuclear Technician Certificate, Energy Technician Certificate and/or Radiological Control Technician Certificate. With their degrees and certifications, they will have the ability to seek employment in the nuclear industry where there is challenging work, competitive pay and opportunities for advancement. 

The funds for these scholarships were granted from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and will pay for in-state and out-of-state tuition, fees and books. Requirements include: high school diploma or GED, maintain a GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours (full-time status) at New Mexico Junior College. Applicants must be United States citizens, and must sign an NRC Service Agreement.

“Graduates of the NMJC nuclear energy program may go to work locally or find expertise in other fields such as nuclear medicine, national laboratories or regulatory agencies,” says Courtney Puryear, Director of Energy Programs at New Mexico Junior College. “Many of our graduates continue in their education at four-year universities, pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering where they have a wider choice of employment opportunities.”

Congress authorized the NRC, through the Nuclear Education Program, to provide federal funding opportunities to qualified academic institutions to encourage careers and research in nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering, health physics and related fields to meet expected future workforce needs. New Mexico Junior College received a $150,000 grant in August 2013 to help students pursue their degree in the nuclear energy field.

“With the rising cost of a college education, I am pleased to be partnering with the NRC to provide scholarship opportunities for students entering the Energy Technology program at New Mexico Junior College,” says Puryear. 

For more information and for students wishing to apply for the scholarships contact Courtney Puryear:  575-492-4714 or

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.

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