ACES Students: Scholarships for Students
College of ACES student Dillen Martinez is passionate about making a difference in the agriculture industry. Coming from a small farming community in New Mexico, he understands how conversation and mediation can solve many problems; and, he knows his education at NMSU will further prepare him to act as an effective moderator on the national and global stage to better facilitate communications about the growth and understanding of agriculture.
“What I’ve noticed is conversation gets bogged down in the minutia. There’s got to be someone in the middle who’s able to mediate. If I can be that person, I’m just going to help my industry reach both short- and long-term goals more efficiently,” he said.
Dillen is a first-generation NMSU student whose education is completely funded through scholarships. “My dad started working as soon as he graduated high school,” he said. “I’ve seen from multiple generations that hard work gets you a very fulfilling life, and my degree will reflect that.”
Part of NMSU’s mission as a land-grant university is to serve the educational needs of our state’s diverse population. Whether from a small town like Dillen, or from a major city, students across New Mexico seek opportunities in the College of ACES to pursue an education that enables them to graduate as champions of their industry.
Dillen is excited at the possibility of making a difference in New Mexico agriculture, and he’s applying the same work ethic he grew up with to pursue his dream. “I know I have to work hard to keep my scholarships,” he said. “The generosity of donors is the reason I was able to attend college, and it’s important for me to give back in the best way I know how: through my profession.”
By investing in student scholarships today, you will provide students across New Mexico with opportunities to pursue careers that will further support agriculture in our state and beyond. And, more of our students, like Dillen, will be able to dream big and discover their full potential to make a difference for themselves and the world around them.
Rolando Flores, Ph. D., Dean