Education digest — Jan. 26

State principals prepared for job
New Mexico principals may be ahead of the class.

The state was among five in the nation that requires principals to have the skills necessary to promote student learning, according to a recent Center for Reinventing Public Education report cited by the New Mexico Public Education Department in a press release.

Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma were also recognized for setting licensure standards for principals that promote educational reform, the press release said.

Mercedes-Benz offering college aid
First-generation college-bound students are getting a boost from a renowned car company. Two students from every state will be selected to win a scholarship from Mercedes-Benz USA, according to a press release from the company.

The program will grant $10,000 scholarships to 100 eligible high school seniors across the country who demonstrate financial need and exceptional achievement in the areas of academic performance, leadership and school and community activities, the release said.

As an extension of the program, the company will also award 50 students with $10,000 to pursue a degree in the performing arts, the release said. To find out more about the program, students can visit:

Deadline for application is Feb. 10.

Hispanic Caucus taking applications
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Inc. is accepting applications for its 2006 scholarships and fellowship placements program in Washington, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M.
Applications can be found online at or by contacting the institute at 1-800-EXCEL-DC, the release said.

Fellowship program teaches Constitution

A fellowship program has been established for students interested in teaching the U. S. Constitution, according to an Eastern New Mexico University press release.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, established by Congress in 1986, is looking for students who are interested in teaching the U.S. Constitution at the high school level.

Donald Elder III, professor of history, is the liaison at Eastern New Mexico University, the release said. He is a full-time faculty member and academic advisor at a university for students interested in becoming government, social studies or political science teachers.

For information, contact Elder at 505-562-2601 or by e-mail:

The James Madison Memorial Foundation Web site is at:

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: