Doņa Ana County Historical Society
 Las Cruces, Doņa Ana County, New Mexico

Scholarships And Grants

Research Grant

The Doña Ana County Historical Society (DACHS) exists to promote the study of the area's history and preserve its physical historic resources. To facilitate these goals, the DACHS provides grant funding to university students (individual or group/class project) whose course work or research demonstrates exemplary support for these goals. This includes preservation of significant historic resources, historical research, public presentations of historical information (exhibits or events), and publications concerning our regional history. Most grants will not exceed $500. This grant is open to students studying history, as well as other related subjects including art history, museum studies, cultural resource management, etc. Applications will be accepted September 1 through March 31. Applicant will receive a funding decision within 45 days of submission.

All funded projects must result in the following:
1. A written final summary to DACHS (not to exceed 1000 words)
2. A public presentation (e.g., article for the DACHS's Southern New Mexico Historical Review, or a lecture, or an exhibit). The public presentation must include sponsorship credit to DACHS. DACHS can offer assistance choosing an outlet for publication, lecture, or exhibit.

For information and an application go to the Research Grant Application Form page or contact Luis Rios by email at:

The Mary & J.Paul Taylor NMSU Student Scholarship

The history of Doña Ana County has been influenced by historical developments in many nearby regions. NMSU graduate and undergraduate students as individuals or as a group/class project who are researching topics on local history, the Southwest and the U.S. / Mexico border region are eligible for this (up to) $1,200 grant. Students who have works in progress may also apply. Applications will be accepted September 1 through March 31. Applicant will receive a funding decision within 45 days of submission.
The application must explain the following (as applicable):
1. Research objectives
2. Approach for collecting data and doing an analysis
3. Expected outcome of the research
4. Plans for sharing the information publicly
5. A projected time line and deadline for completion of the project
6. A budget that details projected expenses
7. Two letters of recommendation

The Society requires that all recipients submit an article based on their research to the Southern New Mexico Historical Review by September 1 of the following year. In addition, students will be expected to present their research at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Society.

Go here (Application Form) to download an Application Form. For more information contact: Luis Rios at

Note: The DACHS reserves the right to award either a single or multiple grants based on its evaluation of applications, with the total value of such award(s) equal to the combined total value of the two grants listed above, i.e., the two awards may be combined into one award.

National History Day Grant

This $250 scholarship is presented annually to a high school graduating senior from Southwestern New Mexico who participates in the state competition of National History Day and who will be continuing his or her education at one of New Mexico's colleges or universities. Immediately following the southwestern regional NHD competition, 12th graders who are going to the state competition will be notified by the regional coordinator of their eligibility for this scholarship. Each applicant must submit a completed application to the Society by May 30 that includes the following: 1) their interest in history, 2) their future academic plans, 3) explanation of their reason for applying, 4) an official high school transcript, 5) a copy of the students NHD bibliography and process paper or completed paper, 6) two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher and one from a person in the applicants community. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and notify the winner by July 1. The award will be given following college registration in the fall when the recipient provides the Society with a written request and evidence of enrollment in a New Mexico college or university. Go here to download an Application Form.

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