Las Cruces High School senior scores $7,500 NMSU scholarship with hole-in-one

Las Cruces High School senior scores $7,500 NMSU scholarship with hole-in-one

Date: 01/19/2018
Angel Mendez , 575-646-1795,
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With one swift swing of the club and onlooking, cheering Aggie fans, Aaron Ramsey paid off his first year studying at New Mexico State University. Ramsey, a senior at Las Cruces High School, will attend NMSU in the fall tuition-free after out-scoring four other participants in a game of putt-putt yesterday during halftime of the Aggie Men’s basketball matchup against the Seattle Redhawks.

The NMSU Foundation sponsored a scholarship-earning, putt-putt competition during an Aggie Men’s basketball game yesterday for incoming freshmen. Pictured are [from left] Justin Lopez, Brianna Douds, Allison Hendricks, Tina Byford, NMSU Foundation chief operating officer, Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president of alumni relations, Aaron Ramsey, the scholarship recipient, Andrea Campos and Pistol Pete. (Photo by Angel Mendez)

Cheering fans look on the moment Aaron Ramsey hit his final hole-in-one to earn him a tuition-free, freshman year at NMSU this fall. (Photo by Angel Mendez)

Sponsored by the NMSU Foundation, the competition invited five randomly-selected, incoming NMSU freshmen to come on court and compete for the $7,500 scholarship. Ramsey, not fazed by a packed arena, scored one of two putts that landed him in a tiebreaker with Andrea Campos from Canutillo High School in El Paso.

“I played miniature golf as kid, so I felt pretty comfortable,” Ramsey said. “When she tied the game with me though, I was just more excited than anything because of the crowd.”

Ramsey hit his final shot, then Campos missed hers.

Ramsey is part of an Aggie legacy family. His father, Gary Ramsey, graduated from NMSU in 1995 along with his mother, Laura Ramsey in 1992. Both of his parents earned their degrees without financial assistance, which is why Aaron Ramsey says this scholarship will change his entire college experience.

“With this scholarship, I get to live on campus now and experience college in a new way,” Ramsey said. “I am truly thankful for this scholarship that will help make it easier to study civil engineering this fall.”

The other four participants, including Campos, Brianna Douds from Ruidoso High School, Allison Hendricks from Centennial High School and Justin Lopez from Mayfield High School, received $500 book scholarships from NMSU Financial Aid.

“Changing lives and helping our students gain equal access to an education at NMSU is the ongoing mission of the NMSU Foundation,” said Tina Byford, NMSU Foundation chief operating officer. “With the help of our generous donors and friends, we always have the opportunity to do that, and we enjoyed welcoming five outstanding, incoming freshmen in a fun and exciting way.”

For more information on scholarship opportunities at NMSU, please visit, or visit to learn more about the NMSU Foundation.

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