Alden Bruce 27

1.)Do you think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements will solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship?

I do not think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements will solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship. I feel that it takes away the opportunities of students who have performed poorly in high school due to financial or environmental constraints. The lottery scholarship gives these the students who honestly desire a better future and are ready to commit to higher education a chance to turn their lives around. These requirements are going to take that away and rob them of a better future, causing a further divide in our society and no guaranteed results that these requirements will actually increase graduation rates and raise the University’s education status.

2.)If the poor, working-class, and minority communities buy the majority of Lottery tickets in the state, do you think that these communities should be the greatest beneficiaries of the Lottery educational funds?


Yes! This will drive lottery tickets sales. One of the incentives why people from these communities buy the tickets is because the lottery scholarship is beneficial for their children where it would be impossible for them to pay out of pocket. Taking this away is going to drive down sales and could possibly cause the scholarship ending all together. These communities need to feel cared for and have their needs addressed not forgotten.

3.)How would you solve the Lottery scholarship dilemma? What would you propose to our legislators?


Perhaps set up a system where prospective applicants can submit a letter of intent on why they want to pursue higher education and base it off of that like any other scholarship. Keep the requirements the same and distribute the reward based on the students desire to make a change for their future and their passion for learning.

4.)If you knew without a doubt that low-income and minority communities would be most impacted by increases in GPA and/or course load requirements, would you endorse these changes as a solution to the Lottery Scholarship dilemma?

NO, I definitely would not support these changes as a solution. It is unfair, unjust, and sets back the movement for education and economic equity. It does not make sense that the communities who can afford college or are eligible for several other scholarships benefit the most from the Scholarship that is mainly supported by the working-class communities who need it the most.

Dr. Sarah Santillanes 37

1.)Do you think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements wil solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship?


Increasing the GPA and course load requirements for Lottery Scholarship recipients serves to funnel money away from the students who need it the most. We need to encourage and support all NM students, especially those who have not been academically successful in high school. College is an opportunity for these students to change their view of education around. If we do not provide these students some form of financial support, they will be forced to work long hours in order to pursue the dream of going to college. This chasm makes higher education often unattainable for struggling students, who are more likely to “drop out” of higher ed due to their lack of financial support.

2.)If the poor, working-class, and minority communities buy the majority of Lottery tickets in the state, do you think that these communities should be the greatest beneficiaries of the Lottery educational funds?


Yes! If poor, working-class and minority communities buy the majority of lottery tickets in this state, it should be the students from these communities who benefit from the lottery funds. And…we know for a fact that the majority of lottery tickets are sold in these communities.

3.)How would you solve the Lottery scholarship dilemma? What would you propose to our legislators?


Lottery Scholarship funds should be awarded in direct proportion to the students from those communities where tickets are purchased. High school GPA should not be a factor in whether or not students are eligible. The scholarship, however, should carry a requirement of reasonable and proximal community service. Also, the definition of “full-time” student status should remain at 12 credit hours.

4.)If you knew without a doubt that low-income and minority communities would be most impacted by increases in GPA and/or course load requirements, would you endorse these changes as a solution to the Lottery Scholarship dilemma?


I DO NOT support the approach that the legislature is currently proposing. Increasing GPA and course load requirements only works to shut out the people and communities who need it the most. We can not expect New Mexico’s educational failure to get any better if we continue to deny marginalized students the help that they need.

Sonora Rodríguez 22

1.)Do you think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements wil solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship?


Absolutely not.

Let’s take a look at what is really going to be affected by this issue of solvency.
I think we have to genuinely look at the statistics and facts that show that increases in both GPA and Course Load would have a tremendously negative impact on many low income communities and communities of color.

There is a larger issue at hand which goes beyond the Lottery Scholarship and some may argue that by increasing the requirements will solve the issue, but we have to be honest with ourselves and realize that that MAY only be a short term fix, when we should really be thinking about solvency for the long term for all students. We have to realize that students shouldn’t be defined or financially reprimanded by GPA and a Course Load increase.

2.)If the poor, working-class, and minority communities buy the majority of Lottery tickets in the state, do you think that these communities should be the greatest beneficiaries of the Lottery educational funds?


Yes, without a doubt! Let’s really take a step back and ask ourselves this question. If the demographics who are investing the MOST into this lottery scholarship fund (working-class, minority communities) by purchasing these lottery tickets, shouldn’t their children be the FIRST one’s to receive the benefits of this scholarship? It only makes logical sense for their children to receive this money, a community that most likely needs this funding for a chance at an education.

It’s all about creating ACCESS to education, especially to those generations who need it the most and will be the future of New Mexico’s work force.

3.)How would you solve the Lottery scholarship dilemma? What would you propose to our legislators?


I would ask legislatures to bring their ANALYTICAL tool boxes and CRITICAL THINKING hats to the table. By really taking a look at a system that HAS the funding and the CAPACITY to re-evaluate the system in order for the Lottery to remain accessible to all, especially to those who need it the most.

Whether it be a tax on large outside corporations who come to New Mexico for their extraction on natural resources, which in most cases provides a SURPLUS of funding. Why not invest in alternative energy sources (wind and solar) a state in which most of us know have the agency to produce.

I really think as a state WE need to re-strategize our investment in education, and really start advocating and prioritizing for the students, the families, the communities and ultimately the future leaders of New Mexico.

4.)If you knew without a doubt that low-income and minority communities would be most impacted by increases in GPA and/or course load requirements, would you endorse these changes as a solution to the Lottery Scholarship dilemma?


By NO means would I endorse changes that would impact low-income and minority communities as a solution to the Lottery Scholarship dilemma.

As New Mexicans, we have a beautiful opportunity to advocate for the education of our children and the future of New Mexico, lets stand TOGETHER and make it possible for all!

Ramon Soto 20

1.)Do you think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements wil solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship?


No, the same problems might arise in the future, raising requirements are only fast “solutions”. Besides that increasing requirements will disenfranchise many students who will depend on the scholarship to attend school in later years.

2.)If the poor, working-class, and minority communities buy the majority of Lottery tickets in the state, do you think that these communities should be the greatest beneficiaries of the Lottery educational funds?


Of course, poor communities are the ones that hope to one day make a large amount of money. Why would the rich but Lottery tickets if they don’t need money?

3.)How would you solve the Lottery scholarship dilemma? What would you propose to our legislators?


Create a tax that cannot be placed on the consumer, a vice tax that lotteryc corporations pay directly to finding the lottery scholarship instead of a sales tax.

4.)If you knew without a doubt that low-income and minority communities would be most impacted by increases in GPA and/or course load requirements, would you endorse these changes as a solution to the Lottery Scholarship dilemma?


No, I would not endorse these changes especially if those that buy lottery tickets are going to be the ones that do not get to enjoy the benefits of the Lottery Scholarship.

Sara Valenzuela 35

1.)Do you think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements wil solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship?


These changes might provide short-term fixes but we need long-term solutions that do not punish students who do not have the same educational opportunities as other privileged students across the state. Why aren’t our legislators and state government looking at other revenue sources? What about all of the tax breaks corporations get? Maybe instead of punishing kids we should look at punishing those that ride on the backs of the working class.

2.)If the poor, working-class, and minority communities buy the majority of Lottery tickets in the state, do you think that these communities should be the greatest beneficiaries of the Lottery educational funds?


An absolute yes to that! I didn’t realize this. It doesn’t seem right if the poor are buying the tickets but yet they are not benefiting the most – what’s wrong with our society?

3.)How would you solve the Lottery scholarship dilemma? What would you propose to our legislators?


Like I said, let’s look at other avenues. Stop giving tax breaks to the rich while penalizing the working class!

4.)If you knew without a doubt that low-income and minority communities would be most impacted by increases in GPA and/or course load requirements, would you endorse these changes as a solution to the Lottery Scholarship dilemma?


No, it would be morally wrong. We should support these communities and not hurt them even more. Don’t we want all of our citizens to be educated?