The mission of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site (FCHS) is to support the conservation and restoration of historical assets and museum exhibits, and to promote through community outreach, the historical and cultural significance of the Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites - including the ancestral pueblos of Kuaua and Gíusewa, the Coronado Expedition, and the Mission of San Jose de los Jemez.

To support this mission, FCHS has established the FCHS Scholarship Fund.  It is intended that this fund will serve as a scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at New Mexico universities and colleges. Planning for the 2021/2022 school year scholarship cycle is underway with an application deadline of May 1, 2021. Email your scholarship questions to: SCHOLARSHIP

Priority for this scholarship will be given to bachelor’s and master’s level students interested in pursuing research that furthers the understanding of the Coronado Historic Site. Ph. D. candidates and students pursuing an associate’s degree will be considered on a case by case basis. Qualifying universities include Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State University, Community College of New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico. If no qualified applicants from these universities respond, candidates from other New Mexico educational institutions may be considered.


The Scholarship Award is available to students who are majoring in associated fields of the Humanities and Environmental Sciences.  For example, fields of study such as Cultural/Physical Anthropology, Linguistics, Museum Studies, History, Biology, and Geology would receive preference in selection. Other fields may also be considered if the student’s work pertains to the Coronado Historic Site and its environs.


The call for candidates will be mailed periodically to educators at universities whose students qualify for FCHS Scholarships. Scholarship criteria and application forms will be posted on the FCHS website. Awardees will be announced by June 1st of each year.


Awarding of the scholarship is based upon candidate(s) academic achievements, scholastic references, and the applicability of their research in expanding an understanding of the Coronado and/or the Jemez Historic Sites. The amount of a Scholarship Award will range from $500-$1,000, with a max award of $2,500. More than one student may be a recipient.  Students may be awarded a Friends of Coronado HS Scholarship twice within their academic career. Monies awarded to the recipient are to facilitate research expenses.


As a condition of accepting a Scholarship Award, awardees must agree to provide a copy of all research, papers, and publications funded by this award to the Coronado Historic Site to be maintained in its research library. Additionally, awardees will be expected to give a presentation to the Friends of Coronado summarizing research findings and conclusions.

Mail applications to:

Friends of Coronado Historic Site Scholarship

485 Kuaua Rd.

Bernalillo, NM   87004