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Camila Lara with the Daniels Fund based in Denver, Colorado, talks to potential college students about the scholarships available to eligible New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming students during the Southeast New Mexico College Fair held Saturday at the New Mexico Military Institute. Bill Daniels, founder of the scholarship fund, is a NMMI graduate. The Daniels Fund and colleges from several different states have been participating in the fair for about nine years. This year, 30 colleges participated and were expected to talk to about 300 students, including NMMI cadets. A fair for a rural area is important, according to college fair co-chair Derek Faasse of the Rocky Mountain Association of College Admissions Counselors. “From my perspective, there is nothing better than a face-to-face conversation,” he said, explaining that some fair representatives are the admission counselors who will make decisions about applicants. Maj. Susan Scott, NMMI deputy director of the Toles Learning Resource Center, serves as college fair co-chair. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)