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Governor: New Mexico True Scholars Program

on October 1, 2017 - 7:34am

PED Sec. Christopher Ruszkowski, HED Sec. Barbara Damron, Gov. Susana Martinez, NMTD Sec. Rebecca Latham, EDD Sec. Matt Geisel, and Flagship Food Group CEO Rob Holland with 4-H and Future Farmers of America students from the Albuquerque area after the announcement Friday of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars program. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE –  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the first year of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars scholarship program, which recognizes students with a passion for the future of agriculture in New Mexico. The scholarship is a partnership between Flagship Food Group’s 505 Southwestern brand and New Mexico True.

“We’re delighted to partner with Flagship Food Group to help young people dedicated to New Mexico agriculture pursue higher education,” Martinez said. “Agriculture is such an important part of our state’s culture and economy. The New Mexico True Scholars program is a great opportunity to help young students learn, grow and contribute to our state’s agricultural industry.”

Each year, this new scholarship will award $5,000 to one New Mexico high school senior graduating from a New Mexico high school. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college or university in New Mexico full time beginning fall 2018. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to making an impact in the agricultural industry or overall economy of food and agriculture of New Mexico.

Flagship Food Group announced just last month that they are expanding their manufacturing and distribution facilities in the Albuquerque area and investing nearly $3 million in New Mexico. The expansion is set to create nearly 200 new manufacturing and distribution jobs and support over 100 construction jobs.

“Flagship Food Group has been an amazing New Mexico True partner since 2015, when its 505 Southwestern products were the first to carry the New Mexico True Certified ‘100% Made in New Mexico’ mark,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “The 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars program is an exciting opportunity for students in New Mexico who are passionate about agriculture to continue with that passion through college and beyond.”

“Our business relies heavily on wonderful green chile of New Mexico. This is our way to say ‘thank you’ to the New Mexico agricultural community, and to help foster the next generation of farmers and entrepreneurs in this important region,” said CEO Rob Holland of Flagship Food Group.

Scholarship applications are now being accepted and are due March 19, 2018. The recipient of the $5,000 scholarship will be announced in late April 2018. One recipient will be selected annually and will be awarded in equal payments over 4 years of undergraduate study.

Full eligibility requirements and the application may be found online at