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Energy Technology Scholarships Available for NMJC Students

8/19/2009 9:36:48 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has just made $120,000 in scholarship money available to students at New Mexico Junior College who are interested in degrees or certificates in energy technology.

According to Phillip Roybal, NRC Program Director at NMJC, the money is targeted for area students first, although it has the potential to be awarded on a national scope due to coursework for the energy program being completely online.  “We are first of all trying to take care of our people here [in our service region], then slowly branch out regionally and nationally.  We’re also working hard to help with scholarships for some of the employees from LES, WIPP, WCS, and ETUS,” he said, referring to the major facilities that currently comprise the region’s nuclear service industry.

Once awarded an energy tech scholarship, a student must meet and maintain certain criteria.  First, he or she must be enrolled as a full-time student carrying 12 or more credit hours each semester and, while there is a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) requirement, the student must demonstrate progress throughout the program.  Upon completion of the program, the graduate must work six months in the energy industry for every year the scholarship was received.

Because late registration continues only through Friday, August 21, students need to contact him immediately, Roybal said.  “We’re already cranking up the semester, so if people are interested, they need to get with me immediately so we can get things going this week.”

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please contact Roybal at 575.492.4714 or

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