Kay Glantz Scholarship


Mary Kathryn (Kay) Glantz graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in 1968 at Round Rock, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. She continued her teaching career in Albuquerque’s South Valley and the Panama Canal Zone. She married Bob Glantz, a career Army officer, and traveled widely due to Bob’s assignments. She earned an MA in Elementary Education at Western Kentucky University. Mr. and Mrs. Glantz retired and live in Phoenix, Arizona. Kay’s first teaching position on the Navajo Nation touched her heart and inspired the Glantz family to create an endowment to support Indigenous undergraduates seeking certification in K-12 education.

This scholarship’s objective is to recruit and support Native American undergraduate students of the highest caliber who have displayed exceptional academic qualifications in a preservice educator preparation program in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNM and motivation to teach on a Native Nation in New Mexico or the Navajo Nation. Awards can be up to $2,000.

Who is eligible?

Native American undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time in an education preparation program in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Deadline to apply:

Application submission is closed. Please subscribe here to get notified when the next cycle is open.

Each student must submit:

  • A completed cover application form
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of reference with one from a faculty member who is knowledgeable of your academic record and one from your Native Nation/tribe/community who can speak to your record of community engagement
  • Current unofficial transcript and a copy of your Fall 2021 Course Schedule
  • Certificate of Indian Blood OR Proof of Tribal Enrollment.
  • A one-page statement that addresses:
    • Scholarship and professional goals demonstrating your capacity to make a significant impact on Native American students at the K-12 level.
    • Community engagement
    • Commitment to Native American language and culture in K-12 education
    • Financial need

Download Application For New Applicants Here


Download Application for Continuing Students Here

For more information:

For more information, please email Glenabah Martinez at glenie@unm.edu or call (505) 277-6047.


Institute for American Indian Education
MSC05 3041
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131


(505) 277-2733