Sussman Miller Educational Assistance Fund

2021 Spring Recipients: Yousuf Amer & Julia Hanisee
2021 Summer Recipients: Necole Begay, Ellie Bobchak, Edith Bonilla, Sophie Carlberg, Anwi Fomukong, Angelica Gutierrez, Morgan Kappenman, Romi Lemm, Matias Lujan, Joseph Megill, Katie Miller, Litzi Morales, Lizbeth Olivarez, Dyllan Taylor, Belinda Vargas, Jeremy Westine & Christianna Wilson

Throughout her life, Shirley Sussman Spiewak was involved with numerous educational and charitable organizations. She and her husband were passionate advocates of education, believing it to be “the one possession that is permanent.” 

A fund was established in 1994 from their estates to provide financial assistance to students to further their education in an undergraduate program.

This program provides financial assistance to address the ‘gap’ in financial aid packages for both students graduating from high school and those continuing their education. Students who are just graduating from high school have different guidelines and application forms than students who have already completed at least one semester of undergraduate studies.  Students working on a second under graduate or graduate degree will not be considered.  

To apply for financial assistance, please read through all of the instructions carefully, complete the appropriate application form, and submit all requested documents before the listed deadline. 

Awards vary between $500 and $2,000.

Due to COVID-19, the Albuquerque Community Foundation is only accepting applications that are mailed or emailed.

  • Transcripts may be unofficial and can be sent via email.
  • Letters of Recommendations can be sent via email.
  • ACT/SAT Scores are not required due to COVID-19.

Send all documentation to


For graduating high school seniors who will attend any out-of-state college or an in-state private school.
Summer Deadline:

Monday, June 14, 2021 | 5:00 PM MST

For graduating high school seniors who will attend a New Mexico public college/university and any student already attending college in our out-of-state.
Note: There are two different deadlines. See deadlines for complete details.

Only gaps between $500 and $8,000 will be considered.

Criteria and Guidelines to Note:

  • Attend a public or nonprofit college or university full-time
  • Graduating high school senior OR currently enrolled in college/university
  • Available statewide
  • MUST BE a federal financial aid recipient
  • Beginning Fall 2014, the Legislative Lottery Scholarship requirement includes the new minimum for number of credit hours – 15 NEW credit hours and repeating classes do not count.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a lower EFC (Estistamted Family Contribution)

Review the following information carefully, and then download the application forms below that apply to you. 

Choose Your Application Form:

These printable Adobe Acrobat PDF forms include general information, specific info for high school or college students, application form, budget form, and personal rating form. 

Graduating high school seniors must apply for financial aid to begin the following Fall. Application for high school seniors.

Undergraduate students who have completed at least one semester of undergraduate work must apply after the spring semester for financial assistance beginning the following Fall. Application for undergraduate students.

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