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The Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA), state associations, industry partners, private donors, and annual auction proceeds, provides financial assistance to those studying and/or working in New Mexico and the MPMA’s 10-state region, so that they may attend the annual conference. The scholarship committee seeks candidates who will benefit from attendance at the 2019 joint conference but may not have the necessary financial means to attend.

2021 Scholarship Guidelines (coming soon)

Scholarships to Attend the 2021 Conference

The joint MPMA conference will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota October 5-8, 2021

Important Dates: TBA


Just ask Patti at

MPMA Scholarship Chair Patti Wood Finkle, Director of Museums, Tate Geological Museum, Werner Wildlife Museum, Casper College, Casper, WY (MPMA Scholarship Recipient 2008)


* Emerging Professional: An individual with less than 5years in the museum profession
* Mid-career Professional: An individual who has worked 5-20 years in the museum profession
* Student: A graduate student (or an undergraduate of exceptional quality and initiative) currently enrolled in an Art, Art History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, History, or equivalent program.

All Scholarships include a $400 cash award, basic conference registration, and a complimentary one-year basic or student MPMA membership. New Mexico residents will also received a one-year basic or student complimentary NMAM membership.

The following scholarships are available

  • 7 MPMA General Scholarships
  • 4 Dakin Scholarships (additional requirements apply; see guidelines for eligibility)
  • 1 RC-MPMA/ANR Transport Scholarship (additional requirements apply; see guidelines for eligibility)
  • 1 RC-MPMA/SHIP ART-TERRY DOWD LLC Scholarship (additional requirements apply; see guidelines for eligibility)
  • 1 ASDM Scholarship (South Dakota) (additional requirements apply; see guidelines for eligibility) 
Individuals who have received a scholarship in the past are not eligible to apply for a scholarship in the previously awarded category

Interested in Applying?

Read the guidelines thoroughly, follow all instructions, and fill out the Online Application

2021 Scholarship Guidelines (coming soon)

We thank our Scholarship Partners: MPMA, ANR Transport, ASDM, RC-MPMA, & the Volver Trust.

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