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Empowering Latinas through education, community service, leadership development and advocacy.


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MANA del Norte

MANA del Norte, a chapter of MANA, A National Latina Organization that works to create a better life for Latinas, was founded in northern New Mexico in 1989. MDN provides scholarships for Latinas, and brings together women from all walks of life to empower one another.

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MANA del Norte Scholarships 

Become a Member

The purpose of the MANA del Norte (MDN) Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Hispanas/Latinas who are pursuing a post-secondary degree. In addition, we aim to create an empowering network of women in northern New Mexico who support one another in achieving their college goals and beyond.

Scholarship Description

MANA del Norte scholarships are needs-based and awarded annually to college students at all levels of their journey. Community college students are eligible as are students working towards their Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degrees.  MANA del Norte is especially interested in supporting women who are first-generation, and/or have other areas of challenge such as re-entering college, or being the head of their household. We also draw from the  cultural strengths as Hispanas/Latinas in northern New Mexico to succeed in college. In 2024, we expect to award 10 scholarships of $1000 each although we may offer a few larger awards if there are funds available.


Award Criteria: Scholarship decisions are made by a committee of MDN members, all Hispana/Latinas living in northern New Mexico. Decisions are based on the following factors: Financial Need, First generation to attend a college,  GPA, a Personal Statement, a Letter of Reference, and special circumstances and unique needs of the candidate.


Requirements/Eligibility Guidelines

In order to be considered for a MDN scholarship, you must:

  1. Be a current or former resident of one of the following six (6) northern New Mexico counties: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Miguel or Taos.

  2. Be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an accredited community college, college or university by the beginning of the 2024-2025 academic year, at least half time (6 units/credit hours or more).

  3. Demonstrate financial need.

  4. Have at least a 2.5 GPA (verified by an unofficial high school or college transcript).


How to Apply

In addition to the questions below you will also need to submit (1) an unofficial transcript from any of your current educational institutions (high school or current college) and (2) a letter of recommendation from an employer, a college instructor or high school instructor/counselor. Instructions for submitting these documents will be given at the end of this application.  


Deadline/Awards Decisions

June 14: Deadline to submit all scholarship materials to MDN 

August 15: Notifications are sent to all awardees

Sept 21: Scholarships are awarded at MDN Awards Luncheon, where students and their families are honored


Become a Member

$35 |Membership Dues

  • Free Admittance to MANA meetings and platicas
  • Discount for our Annual Scholarship Banquet
  • Receive emails from MANA
  • Meet and network with fellow MANA members
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$15 |Membership Friend

Some members are unable to attend MANA del Norte Events or volunteer their time.  However, these members would like to support MANA. Friends pay dues and receive our emails 
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Become a Volunteer

  • Consider serving on MANA del Norte's Board
  • Help organize MANA del Norte events
  • Become a Scholarship Committee member
  • Help gather donations for our silent auction

MANA del Norte offers different ways to be involved, we rely heavily on the
support of dedicated volunteers and members. 

2023-2024 MANA del Norte Banquet Sponsors 

We want to acknowledge and recognize all the sponsors and individuals who supported MANA del Norte in 2023. 

Event Sponsors

Triad National Security, LLC & Los Alamos National Laboratory

National Latino Behavioral Health Association

Dominican Sisters - Grand Rapids

Edna L. Lopez

Escala Educational Services, Inc.

Elisa Sánchez (Scholarship Sponsor)

LANL Foundation

Margarita Maestas

New Mexico Highlands University


Santa Fe Community College & Santa Fe Community College Foundation

University of New Mexico HSC

Table Sponsors

Edna L. Lopez, Business Properties

Northern New Mexico College

Dolores & Paul Roybal Family

Patrick Samora, MD & Julie Martinez, MD

Santa Fe Community Foundation

Santa Fe New Mexican

Silent Auction Sponsor

DEL Norte LOV Foundation

Prima/Primo Sponsors

Angela Juranek Family

Debra Garcia y Griego

Julia Esmle

Linda Siegle, SFCC Trustee

Maria Cristina Lopez

NM State Senator Liz Stefanics

OR Communications

Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Smith

WESST- Santa Fe Women’s Business Center

Zia Credit Union

Special thanks to: 

Dr. Patricia Trujillo, Acting Cabinet Secretary, NM Higher Education Depart.

Entertainment:  Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes

Silent Auction donors and volunteers

Featured artist: Sean Wells y Delgado

Photographer: Vera Vigil


2023 MANA del Norte Scholarship Luncheon

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