The Pedro and Mateo SandovalStrong Memorial Scholarship Fund

2021 Recipients: Justin Carmona & Mia Encinias

The Pedro and Mateo SandovalStrong Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 by the Sandoval Family in memory of their sons Pedro “Pete” and Mateo Sandoval. Pete and Mateo were both outstanding student athletes in football, basketball, track and highly involved in extra-curricular activities at Moriarty High School like 4-H, National History Day and National Honor Society. The Sandovals have established this scholarship Fund to honor the legacy of their sons.

The Pedro and Mateo SandovalStrong Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships to Moriarty high school students attending a two-year and/or four-year college/university or certified trade school, who is pursuing his or her first undergraduate, associate or applied skilled trades degree. Awards may be used for academic costs, i.e., tuition, books, student fees, school supplies, and/or on-campus housing.

It is important the recipient represents the love and determination both boys demonstrated in high school especially the importance of hard work, teamwork and commitment.

One scholarship up to $2500 will be awarded annually.


  • Applicant must be New Mexico resident
  • Applicant must be a high school student attending Moriarty High School
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Applicant must demonstrate a passion for learning and pursuing a life dream, professionally or educationally, despite life challenges
  • Applicant must be community-oriented & show a commitment to pursuing a secondary education
  • Applicant must be engaged in extra-curricular activities and/or electives
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need

Application Requirements:

  • Student may submit a personal essay describing dreams, goals and life challenges – include how those challenges and/or adversities have shaped his or her life and how it will help with the achievement of dreams and goals
  • Student is encouraged to include his or her plans after college graduation and why this scholarship will be important to his or her success
  • Two references:
    • One from a teacher, counselor or coach who has supported the student during his or her education
    • One from a community member or mentor who has supported the student during his or her education
  • Current Transcripts and Resume
  • List of current or pending scholarships
  • Copy of Student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report and EFC (Estimated Family Contribution)

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