Vision Inspired Scholarship Through Academic Achievement (VISTA). The study is being conducted by UNM and MDRC, a non-profit, non-partisan research company.
The VISTA scholarship will provide students up to $1,000 per semester for their first four semesters at UNM (up to $4,000 total) in addition to their regular financial aid. To receive the full amount, students must meet two conditions: 1) enroll in at least 12 credit hours in the first semester and at least 15 credit hours in each of the three subsequent semesters; and 2) maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher. Payments will be paid throughout the term. – The first payment of $250 will be given three weeks after the semester starts, for students who meet the enrollment requirement. Payments of $250 at mid-terms and $500 at the end of the semester will be made to students meeting both enrollment and grade requirements. The scholarship will be paid by a check to eligible students through the Bursar’s office.
The VISTA scholarship provides students with several opportunities to meet the eligibility criteria:
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Only students who agree to be part of a study of the VISTA scholarship program will have the opportunity to receive such a scholarship. You can take part in the study if:
UNM expects to receive funds to provide approximately 500 students with VISTA scholarships: 250 students enrolling in Fall 2008 and 250 students enrolling in Fall 2009. Since there are not sufficient funds to help everyone who meets the eligibility criteria and because MDRC and UNM plan to study the extent to which these scholarships help students stay enrolled and perform well at college, a process called “random assignment” will be used to determine who is offered a VISTA scholarship. Random assignment is like a lottery or a coin toss. If you agree to be part of the study, you have a 50-50 chance of being assigned to one of two groups:
By comparing the academic outcomes of students in the two groups, researchers at UNM and MDRC will determine whether the VISTA scholarships improve student achievement. You will be notified which group you are assigned to before the start of the fall semester
Hello VISTA Students,
We will begin seeing students for the third Milestone beginning December 20th. Remember the University is closed 12/23/10 - 1/3/11.
3rd Milestone: Final Evaluation - $500.00
You must be successfully complete at least 15 credit hours. You must earn at least a 2.0 semester GPA. And you must meet with your VISTA advisor between the dates of 12/23/10 and 1/6/11.In the meantime, please feel free to contact Scott, Kelley, Eric or Nico and let us know if there’s anything we can do for you.
Good luck with Finals!