Bunford (“Bumpy”) S. Pelton Counseling Endowed Scholarship

Bunford S. Pelton was born in Baltimore, MD on January 26, 1927. He was nicknamed “Bumpy” in grade school, but no one remembers why. Bumpy had a hard life and was often misunderstood because he was shy and guarded but he was always considerate of others. He was honorably discharged from the army in WWII. He was a master of many trades. He worked hard his entire life and rarely enjoyed his earnings. However, after retirement his dream was to trek through Asia. He had two great adventures to Katmandu. He finally found a true place to call home when he followed his brother Clifford L. Pelton to Las Cruces in 1996. His brother Clifford established four endowed scholarships in honor and memory of Bumpy’s life. It is his wish to ease the burden of students and hopefully at some time they will pay it forward in honor of Bumpy.


Class level: Junior or senior in good standing

Major: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Community Psychology

Other requirements: Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need (FAFSA) and who demonstrate leadership in university and/or community service