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New Mexico State University

STEM Award of Excellence Recipient

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From left to right: Edward Enriquez, Wiebke Boeing, Stacy Aguayo
Edward Enriquez (left) with nominating mentor, Wiebke Boeing (middle), and fellow STEM Award winner, Stacey Aguayo (right).

Edward Enriquez

Major: Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
Nominating mentor: Dr. Wiebke Boeing

Like many NMSU students, Edward Enriquez pays for his own education. Edward relies heavily on grants, scholarships, and a part-time job to pay for tuition, books and other costs of attending college. He has successfully balanced going to school full-time and working 30-35 hours a week, maintaining a 3.66 GPA. His mentor, Wiebke Boeing writes that Edward is "eloquent, mild-mannered, dependable, hard working and an excellent role model to other students" further explaining that Edward consistently performs well in "very challenging STEM classes that many of our students have a difficult time passing."

The STEM Award of Excellence helped provided the financial support that allow Edward to complete his degree. After 8 semesters, his New Mexico Scholars scholarship was set to expire, but Edward still had one more year of school left to complete. Edward writes "My parents would not have been able to have paid for my school and every scholarship and award ensures that I am able to continue going to school to finish my degree."

Edward writes "I am happy to say that I will be graduating on May 7th 2011 with my Bachelors in Fisheries Science and part of my success was thanks in credit to the PRIMOS STEM award that I received from the university." Edward will be the first in his family to earn a college degree. After graduation, Edward would like to work for a state game agency managing trophy bass lakes. He would also like to establish a breeding program similar to Texas Parks and Wildlife's Share Lunker program and increase the size and numbers of bass and other game species in New Mexico.

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