In May 2018, Sunshine Tso was named the inaugural 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholar. Sunshine Tso received the scholarship during her senior year at Bloomfield High School. She resides near the border of the Navajo Nation and near one the largest farms on the Navajo Nation, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry.
Over the years, she has been involved in a variety of youth agriculture programs including Future Farmers of America, 4-H and the Intertribal Agriculture Council.
“I’m thrilled that 505 Southwestern came to us with this opportunity to partner, and that today we’re able to award Sunshine a $5,000 scholarship to help her achieve her dream of obtaining a degree in Agricultural and Community Development at New Mexico State University,” Governor Martinez said.
Sunshine will pursue a degree in Agriculture Extension at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and later hopes to work with the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry and to impact and encourage New Mexico's youth in the agricultural sector.
“Sunshine exemplifies so much of what it means to be New Mexico True, and I’m so happy that we can play a small part in empowering her in this next chapter of her life,” Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said.