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Energy Technology Scholarships Available at NMJC

7/13/2010 2:45:43 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. For the second year in a row, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has made 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 NRC has provided $78,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year to help students who are seeking a career in energy technology.  The money, explained Roybal, 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’re trying to take care of students in our service region first,” he said, “then we’ll slowly branch out regionally and nationally.”

In addition to helping students, Roybal said, the money can also benefit certain area employees. “We’re also helping with scholarships for employees from LES, WIPP, WCS, and ETUS,” he said, referring to the major facilities that currently comprise the region’s nuclear service industry.

The overall scholarship process is fairly simple, Roybal insists. Once awarded an energy technology 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 to be maintained, 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 the scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, Royal recommends applying immediately. Registration for the fall semester at NMJC is currently in progress for the fall semester, which begins August 23.

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

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