b'STATE GRANTS EMPOWER HEST$27+ million grant from New Mexicos Higher Education Endowment Fund will benefit College of HESTWith funding from New Mexicos Higher Education Department (NMHED), NMSUs College of Health, Education and Social Transformation received a $27.75 million dollar boost this year for a number of critical programs giving students and faculty the support they need to impact the lives of thousands of people in our communities. Earlier this year, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law the 2023 state budget, which includes the Higher Education Endowment Fund designed to support initiatives related to education, economic development, and other priorities. As part of that fund, NMSU received several grants to establish four new endowment NMSU photo by Josh Bachmanfunds and increase two existing endowment funds. The New Mexico State University Foundation will invest and manage the funds to support NMSUs nursing, education, and social work programs. Every dollar will be invested in the Foundations long-term investment pool and distributed annually according to its investment policy.With the help of donors and funding from the New Mexico Higher Education Department, NMSUs College of HEST will be NMHED funded the following requests on behalfable to help students and professionals focused on communication and autism spectrum disorders.of New Mexico State University:$2,500,000 for NMSU Endowed Nursing Faculty$25,000 for the Esperanza/Covarrubias like these will help generations of New Mexicans Endowed Helping Hands Scholarshipand provide our students and faculty with the $6,000,000 for NMSU Endowed Positions in support they need to address health, educational, Educator Preparation$250,000 for the Papen-Aprendamos Professor- and socio-economic disparities. ship, in support of the Autism Diagnostic Center$16,500,000 for the NMSU School of Social For more than 60 years, the NMSU Foundation Work True InitiativeThese NMHED grants enable NMSU to educatehas been a key catalyst in seeking gifts, grants and and prepare nurses, social workers, and educatorsinvestments to support the land-grant mission of $2,500,000 for an Endowed Nursing Facultyto achieve incredible results, said YoshitakaNMSU. The University and Foundation work hand Coordinator in the Health Sciences NursingIwasaki, Dean of NMSUs College of Health,in hand to enhance fundraising and development Program at the Sunland Park CenterEducation and Social Transformation. Programsfor the advancement of NMSU.New Mexico State University Foundation9'