September 8, 2017


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403





The parents of an Emergency Medical Technician killed while on duty continue to help pave the way for ENMU-Roswell students working to become paramedics. Three Emergency Medical Services students received scholarships this fall semester from the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Fund. The students, Stacee Ramirez, Raynelle Sanchez-Cordova, and MaryAnn Ferguson, met with Lovato’s parents, Lawrence and Rosie, on campus recently to express their gratitude. The scholarships will cover the students’ educational expenses for this semester, including tuition, fees, and the purchase of books. “This memorial scholarship helps those students without any other resources.  These girls may save a life someday,” said Rosie Lovato, who is also a graduate of ENMU-Roswell and ENMU. Rosie and Lawrence recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.


Ramirez, 29, commutes from Hobbs to take classes at ENMU-Roswell. She received the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship last year and was able to complete EMT Basic and Intermediate training. Now she is transitioning to become a paramedic. She thanks the family for their generosity. “This is such a blessing to me,” she said. “They have turned a tragedy into such a legacy.”


The two other scholarship recipients are both EMT-Intermediates who commute from Questa, NM to take classes at ENMU-Roswell. Sanchez-Cordova, 35, and Ferguson, 45, work for the Questa Fire Department in Taos County, which pays for their gas expenses. Without a local program in their rural community, Sanchez-Cordova and Ferguson say traveling to Roswell is a good option for them to continue their training to become paramedics. “We are very thankful that we were both able to receive this scholarship and it’s so nice to meet the donors helping our communities,” said Ferguson.
On March 16, 2002, Steve Lovato was killed while on duty working for American Medical Response (AMR) responding to an explosion. Lovato, 30, was an accomplished EMT-Intermediate and had worked for AMR since 1998. He had planned to continue his education to become a paramedic. Steve was known for his passion for emergency medicine and his unselfish desire to help others. Shortly after Lovato’s death, the scholarship fund was established to honor his life and legacy. The fund provides scholarships to deserving students interested in becoming EMT’s/paramedics and is administered by the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation. The family encourages donations to the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship fund. Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to:



The Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Fund

c/o Craig Collins, Foundation Coordinator

ENMU-Roswell Foundation

P.O. Box 6000

Roswell NM 88202-6000


For more information, contact Collins at 575-624-7304 or Kimberly Andazola at the ENMU-Roswell Financial Aid office at 575-624-7114.