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The Presidential Scholarship Program helped send four members of the Henrie family to The University of New Mexico—now they have returned the favor

Residing in New Mexico for around 40 years, Sandy and Marshall Henrie are known for their humanitarian work, including having coordinated eye care, water services and neonatal services in Peru. In fact, they came to Albuquerque for philanthropy, initially focusing on food distribution throughout the state. 

And they have appreciated how philanthropy has helped their family. 

Not so long ago, financial circumstances were different, and they received help from The University of New Mexico through the Presidential Scholarship Program. “We cheered along with our oldest daughter years ago when she opened the letter announcing she had received a Presidential Scholarship to attend The University of New Mexico…” the Henries recalled. “In the years to follow, our excitement was repeated as we cheered again when two more of our children and a granddaughter opened their letters announcing their receipt of UNM Presidential Scholarships. These awards were made possible by the kindness of donors, strangers to us, who reached out and enabled these wonderful gifts to further their higher education.”

More than 20 years have now passed since that first Presidential Scholarship was awarded and the family is thrilled, to be able to fund Presidential Scholarships for some of New Mexico’s highest achieving students. “The UNM Foundation made it very easy and affordable for us to establish these scholarships and we’re hopeful that it will inspire others to give,” say the Henries. 

The Henries are proud to make New Mexico their home and three of their children who graduated from the University still pursue their careers in the state today. They relish the chance to join the family of donors who have touched the lives of others pursuing education. 

Say the Henries: “We now cheer along with this next generation of Scholars with a hope for bright possibilities yet to come.”

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