The Professional Development Fund


To devote a financial resource for improving student experiential learning, service-learning, research experiences, and leadership skills that engage and contribute to the student’s professional development.

Eligibility & Selection

  • Applicants must be a member of ASNMSU (successfully paid the ASNMSU fee as part of the NMSU Required Fees).
  • Maximum award is $400 per student per fiscal year.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with University Acadmic Progress.
  • Funds will be awarded in the form of a reimbursement.
  • Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the ASNMSU Appropriations Board.
  • Awards are based on merit and available funding.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance via e-mail within 2 weeks of submission Applicants will have 60 days to submit application from date of certification completion (no exceptions will be offered).

Additional Requirements

You will need to complete the ASNMSU Professional Devlopment Fund Application (see below), which includes the following:

  • Personal statement: one-page letter explaining benefit of certification or examination and explanation benefit towards the student or the University.
  • Program information: proof of legitimacy for non-examinations or proof of examinations. Cost of program.
  • Verification: official receipts, other proof may be requested.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Faculty or advisor endorsement describing benefit of program and merit of applicant.
  • Service: 5 hours of documented community service.

Example List of Approved Credentials:

The following is not an exhaustive list. Examination fees for graduate education programs (LSAT, GRE, MCAT) are excluded from eligibility.

  • Construction and Industry Certifications
  • Nutrition Certifications
  • Health Examinations and Vaccinations not covered by insurance
  • Micro-credentials (MOS, Excel)
  • Laboratory Workshops
  • Wilderness Skills Certification (WFR)
  • State Certifications and Examinations
  • Farm and Agriculture Certifications
  • Continuing Education Credits
  • Nursing Examinations (HESI, NES, NCLEX)
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
  • Business and Accounting Certifications
Questions? If you have any questions while completing this application or about the status of your request upon submission, please feel free to reach out to or