Jose Uranga, the eldest of seven children, graduated from Carlsbad High School and is a first generation NMSU graduate. He earned his Masters in the Environmental Sciences for the University of Texas and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Las Center. Jose practiced environmental law for over three decades serving as a prosecutor for state and federal agencies as well as an in-house corporate counsel for several Fortune 200 companies. One of his prestigious appointments was Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States during the Carter administration.
José is a native New Mexican, but has lived throughout the United States. Mr. Uranga and his wife, Joan, reside in Sarasota, Florida. When José is not researching/writing his books, he serves as secretary and Board Director for the Suncoast Porsche Club (SW Florida), secretary and Board Trustee for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast (a land trust), and as a Board Director for the New Mexico State University Foundation. Additionally, José volunteers as a Docent at the Ringling Art Museums and as a Guardian ad Litem in the Florida state courts on behalf of abandoned/abused children. He enjoys playing golf and tennis, and kayaking on the rivers and bays of Sarasota. Recognizing that the largest minority group in the U.S. is Hispanic, Jose believes they have been disproportionately underrepresented in the teaching profession. The Jose N. Uranga Scholarship is his commitment to support Hispanic educators as role models to Hispanic children.
Financial Need: Required
Class Level: Incoming FR.
Required Minimum GPA: 3.0 in HS
Other requirements: Preference given to a Hispanic student.