Apply for SpringBoard!

Click Here to Download the 2019 Application

Due before 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 30th.

This is the ONLY form accepted for SpringBoard! and Over the Rainbow Scholarships. Applications may be submitted by emailing [email protected] or on paper through mail or office drop-off. 



SpringBoard! was created in 2004 as a fund at the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM), by women who believed in the power of education and its ability to enhance the quality of life for families in southern New Mexico. This scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate female students from throughout southern New Mexico who are pursuing higher education at a southern New Mexico community college or vocational school in preparation for a career.


Over The Rainbow

An individual scholarship housed under the SpringBoard! fund at the CFSNM. This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dorothy Ellen Baker, who dreamed of attending college, but was unable to as it was financially out of reach and the school she wanted to attend excluded women. Her belief in the importance of college for women inspired two of her daughters to complete their Ph.D.s and become professors. This scholarship will be awarded to women who are non-traditional students pursuing degrees at Dona Ana Community College (DACC) or New Mexico State University (NMSU) as an undergraduate.



Both scholarships can be awarded to traditional or non-traditional undergraduate women with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Non-traditional is defined as women who are not entering (or did not enter) college directly from high school and both scholarships give preference to applicants demonstrating financial need. Scholarships are awarded by the SpringBoard! committee.
**SpringBoard! also offers funds covering GED testing fees. This is a separate application that can be obtained by emailing [email protected]


SpringBoard! Fund Information

Mission: Impacting lives of women in Southern New Mexico by providing educational opportunities through scholarships.


Impact: In its first dozen years, SpringBoard! provided assistance to more than 100 women in Southern New Mexico, through “SpringBoard” and “Over the Rainbow” scholarships. Fields of study include nursing, criminal justice, radiology technology, computer science, dental hygiene, sonography, education and business management/accounting.



  • Raise funds and increase the number of need-based scholarships and grants awarded to women for community college education and vocational training.
  • Provide financial support for GED applicants.
  • Build an endowment that will support initiatives for women for generations to come.
  • Build networks of women in leadership dedicated to making a difference for women in Southern New Mexico.


Committee: Almost all staff time is provided in-kind by the volunteer SpringBoard! Committee members. The SpringBoard! Committee can also help administer private scholarships that share their mission, such as the Over the Rainbow scholarship.


Ways You Can Help:

  • Support the SpringBoard! Endowment fund.
  • Establish an endowment in honor of a loved one.
  • Fund a private scholarship through SpringBoard!