Applications for the Jack Beaty Scholarship Foundation for Education are now open to help students in New Mexico with their tuition

News from the Beaty Foundation:

ALBUQUERQUE — The new Jack Beaty Educational Scholarship Foundation will provide scholarships to help students in New Mexico pay for their tuition.

An applicant must be a New Mexico resident, high school senior, high school graduate, or have a GED equivalent with plans to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational training center, or polytechnic/trade school in the fall semester of 2023.

The deadline to apply is November 1 and recipients will be notified in March 2023.

Fulfilling the last wishes of longtime New Mexico businessman and political leader Jack Beaty, Beaty’s estate will provide funds for the ongoing scholarship program. A pillar of the community, Beaty loved New Mexico and founded two companies supplying food to retail businesses across the state.

In addition to his business ventures, he was involved in New Mexico politics, serving as Democratic Chairman of Bernalillo County and Democratic State Chairman of New Mexico, where he befriended John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. Beaty served as the Western States Coordinator for JFK’s presidential campaign and later in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Later, he established the public relations firm Jack Beaty and Associates in Washington, DC. He also ran Western Minerals and Oil, an oil and gas company, until his retirement.

In 1973 Beaty married Rose Marie Martinez. The couple returned to New Mexico and devoted their time to improving access to education for those less fortunate.

“Jack Beaty was an integral part of New Mexico and was passionate about helping those less fortunate,” said Kurt Sommer, trustee of the Jack Beaty Educational Scholarship Foundation. “We are honored to make his wishes come true, to honor his legacy, and to provide funding for young people in New Mexico to pursue their dreams. We hope that this scholarship funding will go a long way in helping students succeed in the future.

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