New Mexico Tau honored with Merit Award

Oct 30, 2009

Jacob Wellman, a new member of the University of New Mexico chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, was awarded the Merit Award, a $1,000 scholarship given to only 50 new NSCS members out of thousands of applicants nationwide.

Wellman is a UNM regents’ scholar majoring in political science. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., he moved to Albuquerque in 2003. He’s interested in politics and law and is considering law school.

In addition to serving as executive vice president of NSCS, he is vice president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, ASUNM attorney general, and a student employee in UNM’s Office of Community and Government Relations.

“From the time Jake Wellman arrived on campus it was obvious he was going to be a student leader at UNM, and in a short period he has accomplished so much. I am anxious to see all that he accomplishes before he graduates,” said Debbie Morris, Student Activities Center director.

NSCS is an honors organization for high-achieving freshmen and sophomores at 240 universities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

“We read hundreds of applications for this award and Jacob truly stood out,” said Thomas Locke, member of the NSCS Scholarship Review Committee. “Merit Award is always one of our favorite scholarships. We enjoy being able to support students by removing some of the financial burden they face.”

Recipients were chosen based on essays, extracurricular activities, a recommendation letter and demonstration of commitment to and knowledge of the NSCS mission statement and ideals.


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