Menaul School has been a diverse school for generations and the same still holds true today. 80% of our students belong to ethnic-racial groups.

  • 37% Hispanic
  • 25% Asian
  • 9% Native American
  • 3% African American
  • 6% Other/Multiracial

99% of students graduate from Menaul School in contrast to the following Albuquerque Public School averages:

  • Less than 50% of Native American students graduate from high school
  • Less than 63% of Hispanic students graduate from high school
  • There is a 63% overall high school graduation rate

Over 50% of our students receive need-based financial aid. Much of this aid is generously provided by the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Christmas Joy Offering, but we also rely on and seek aid from Presbyterian congregations, businesses, alumni and individual donors.

The Menaul Allison James National Alumni Association is working in partnership with Maria Cordova Andrews to establish a new scholarship program for our students – The Alumni/MCA Legacy Scholarship. Maria was a well-respected teacher/counselor at Menaul School for 40 years. She recently retired and wants to give back to the school by starting this sponsorship program expressly designed for alumni participation. This scholarship benefits the Native American pueblo and tribal people of New Mexico and Arizona, the Hispanic populations of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, California, Eastern Texas, and other population’s native to New Mexico.

With the help of community and tribal supporters, Menaul School is meeting the financial needs of Native American students with the American Indian Scholarship Fund. This fund is helping to open doors to more Native families where their children can achieve academic success. In addition to the scholarship, programs are being designed to support the Native American students that addresses their unique culture and more.

Gary D. Dewitt Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Colonel Emmit and Shirley Dewitt to honor the memory of their son, Gary. MSGT Gary D. Dewitt served with distinction in the U.S. Army and Reserves. Prior to his death, he won many awards including Soldier of the Year at Fort Hood, Texas and completed his MBA with honors. The Dewitts established this fund in honor of their son as well as to honor the future of Menaul School and the promise of its students. Colonel Emmit Dewitt taught at Menaul School for over 18 years and retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of full Colonel after serving our country for over 27 years

The African American Scholarship Program was initiated to reach African American students and to offer the best education available regardless of economic challenges. Scholarship money will be raised through grants, donors and community resources. In addition, it is the goal of Menaul School to support African American students by seeking out educational programs that recognize African American heritage, history and culture.

American Indian Advisory Committee 

Chris Becker
Christine Begay
Malcolm Bowekaty
Martina Garcia
Lindsey Gilbert
Daniel Luciano
Melanie G. Davis
Scott Tafoya
Rhoda Winder
Gil Vigil
Kelly Zunie

African American Advisory Committee

Nicole Byrd
Emmitt Dewitt
Teresa Ewers
Lindsey Gilbert
Kenneth Jackson
Debra Johns
Beverly Jordan
Michael McNair
Versie Reynolds – Chair
Melanie G. Davis
Georgette Whittler


For more information contact:
Melanie G. Davis, Director of Advancement
(505) 341-7230
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