LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A memorial scholarship in honor of a Dona Ana Community College instructor is accepting contributions to begin making awards to students.
In January of this year, Lucy Montes-Sandoval was hit and killed by a driver as the 53-year-old attempted to cross the street.
"People who care about what she has done at the university have set up this memorial scholarship," said Dr. Tilahun Adera, Sean of New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services.
The scholarship was set up in July after the idea was brought up by students,
The Lucy Sandoval Memorial Scholarship needs $15,000 before students can begin receiving awards.
"We are receiving funds from anywhere and everywhere in honor of Lucy," Adera said.
Contributions can be made online  or through the dean's office at the College of Health and Social Services.
When the $15,000 threshold is reached, the money will be invested and with the interest accrued students will then be able to apply for the scholarship.
To qualify students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and prove they need the financial help.
"There would be an assessment that would be made and there has to be merit as well as need based," Adera said.
In a profession that's in high demand, the Lucy Sandoval Memorial Scholarship is something Adera said she would have been proud of.
"To support students is something that she would really love and is something that she has been doing all her life," he said.
Contributions can be made online  or for more information:
Assistant Dean, Advancement and Alumni Relations