New Mexico State University recently announced Vanessa Fernando as the 2016-2017 Floyd Correa Endowed Scholarship recipient. This scholarship is awarded each year to an undergraduate and/or graduate tribal student pursuing a degree at New Mexico State University.

Vanessa Fernando is originally from Mesita, NM and is currently a sophomore in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and is preparing to major in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.  Margaret Correa, Floyd Correa’s widow, along with her son Mario, presented the award to the Vanessa during NMSU’s Homecoming football game. 

Pictured L to R: Mario Correa, Vanessa Fernando, Margaret Correa

Floyd Correa, who was the youngest governor in the tribe’s history when he was elected at age 30, and passed away in 2012 at age 68. LDC created this scholarship to honor Floyd Correa, who served in several capacities for the tribal community. He was a two-term Governor of the Pueblo of Laguna and the LDC Chairman of the Board for more than ten years. He was a well-known and respected business leader in both the Pueblo and the Albuquerque community. He was an instrumental mentor in developing future business leaders within the tribal community.

LDC honors Floyd Correa by supporting the education of the next generation of business leaders. Students interested in applying for the scholarship are encouraged to contact NMSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at (877)287-8586 or