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Students Loyalty Award for Graduates

NM MESA students graduating from a NM MESA High School are able to earn the Loyalty Award (LA) for their first year of college. The amount available for a NM MESA student to earn is up to $1000. The Loyalty Award consists of two levels, MESA Success ($500) and Einstein Bonus (up to an additional $500). The student must qualify for the MESA Success to earn the Einstein Bonus.

Online Loyalty Award Application for graduating seniors only

Loyalty Award upload form (for 2018 graduates receiving a Loyalty Award) to upload your fall schedule of classes the University or College you will be attending  (Available ONLY from 7/1/19 to 9/6/19 at midnight)

  • click here to print a 2018-2019 Loyalty Award classroom flyer
  • click here to print a 2018-2019 LA mini-flyer (x2)

MESA Success: $500New one with students

In order to qualify for the MESA Success, students are required to meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Student graduating this academic year of 2018-2019 from a NM MESA School
  • Member of NM MESA for 2 years including his/her senior year (senior year only 1st Semester and one other year).
  • A-1 form, completed and signed, submitted to your Advisor every year participated in NM MESA. (Advisor will submit a copy to your regional MESA office, and the MESA coordinator will indicate you are an active member in the database.)
  • Demonstrated loyalty to NM MESA by having a minimum of 175 points total (Both MS and HS, refer to Table 1 on the right; points will stop calculating after the end of the 1st semester of senior year).
  • Minimum ACT score of 18 or a minimum SAT score of 870 or a 2.8 weighted G.P.A (End of 1st semester of senior year as appears on official transcript).  
  • Online application, W-9 upload & testimonial about your experience in NM MESA submitted to the www.nmmesa.org website.  Or a W-9 tax form sent to your Regional Coordinator.

Einstein Bonus (Additional Money – up to $500)

Einstein Bonus Eligibility Criteria is in addition to the above MESA Success Criteria. NM MESA students have the ability to earn additional money, up to $500. At this level, students can qualify for different amounts of money. In the Einstein Bonus, the student does NOT have to meet all the criteria; merit is based simply on what is achieved. The following are the criteria for the Einstein Bonus:

  • + up to $100 based on the LA points above 175, see bonus schedule above
  • +$63 class rank top 10%
  • +$63 ACT score ≥ 21 or SAT score ≥ 1000
  • +$63 cumulative weighted GPA of ≥ 3.8
  • +$63 MESA Officer (any year – not $63 per year; verified by advisor & entered into the MESA database by 12/2017)
  • +$63 In addition to state graduation requirement of 4 math and 3 science, at least one additional credit of STEM course(s),  ≥ C grade (not $63 per course).
  • +$85 two or more AP/ Dual credit course(s), which includes state requirements, ≥ C grade (not $85 per course).

Please Note the Following:

  1. Students are only disqualified during the senior year if MESA success is not met.
  2. Weighted GPA, test scores, and class rank are verified using the student’s official high school transcript, through the end of the first semester senior year.
  3. To see the approved Math, Science, English and other STEM-related courses (link here).
  4. View the list of acceptable AP courses.
  5. Students must be able to provide a social security number, green card number, or tax identification number.  Please speak with your MESA advisor or regional coordinator if you cannot.
  6. The Loyalty Award (LA) is taxable income and all recipients MUST submit a completed W-9 tax form to MESA before any disbursement of funds can be made.
  7. Students receiving $600.00 or more will be issued a 1099 tax form from MESA in January of 2020.
  8. Member and parent/guardian agree that final authority on LA is the sole responsibility of NM MESA, Inc.

Documents that students need for the Loyalty Award: 

  • A-1 Parent Permission Form English/Spanish
  • A-2 Student Profile Paper Form English/Spanish
  • A-2 Student Profile Online Form click here
  • A copy of a completed federal W-9 form: Click HERE to download or print the form. Complete the form. I should have the STUDENT’s information, the student’s actual signature. Send the completed and signed form to the Regional Coordinator.
Line 1 = fill out your complete legal name
Line 2 = leave blank
Line 3 = check the box for Individual
Line 4 = leave blank
Line 5 = fill out your complete address
Line 6 = fill in your city, state & zip code
Line 7 = leave blank
Part 1 = complete Social security # or Employer identification #
Part 2 = sign & date

** In order to release your funds in September (ie. mail to the address you have in our MESA student database), you must submit your fall college schedule OR military enlistment online before the 9/6/2019 deadline.

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