Joe Isi Trujillo Scholarship

2021 Recipient: Lizbeth Olivarez

The Joe “Isi” Trujillo Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 by the Trujillo Family in memory of Isi to provide a scholarship for a graduating senior from Hot Springs High School (HSHS), Truth or Consequences, NM. Born in rural Sierra County on the family ranch in Chiz, Joe graduated from HSHS in the 1960s and was a great believer in the power of education and in the significance of stewardship – giving back and improving on things as you found them.  As an outstanding athlete lettering in football, baseball and track, and elected as a class officer and to student council he demonstrated the importance of hard work, teamwork and commitment.  

These important personal characteristics remained with him during his military service and into his professional career with the Federal government.  Joe had a distinguished career retiring as a Congressionally approved Senior Executive working directly for the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and holding the highest security clearance enabling him to work with three Presidents. 

The Trujillo scholarship will provide one $2000 scholarship for a graduating senior from HSHS.  This scholarship will be given annually and can be used for tuition, room, board, fees and college essentials such as books, computers and supplies.

Criteria and Guidelines:

  • MUST be a graduate of Hot Springs High School, Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must be accepted to a two or four year New Mexico, nonprofit or public college or university, and attend full time

Application Attachments:

  • Hot Springs High School Senior Portfolio
    • Resume
    • ACT/SAT Scores
    • Official Transcript
    • Letter of Introduction
    • FAFSA Student Aid Report (MUST include EFC)
    • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Two personal statements each of 250 words or less:
    1. How will you give back to the community now or in the future?
    2. What is a challenge or adversity you have overcome or faced throughout your life?

Recipient MUST: Recipient may be required to prepare a 5 minute presentation to be presented at the Trujillo Family Reunion in Truth or Consequences in June 2021.



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