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Northern Students Receive LANL Foundation Scholarships

Three Northern New Mexico College students are among those selected to receive four-year scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation for its 2020 cycle.

The following Northern students receiving Bronze Scholarships will receive $1,500 a year for up to four years, a maximum total of $6,000.

  • Esther Lescht, Northern New Mexico College
  • Joselinn Rascon, Northern New Mexico College
  • Reyes Roybal, Northern New Mexico College

Reyes Roybal, recipient of the Climate Change Leadership Institute Earth & Environmental Science Scholarship

Several scholarships have been established by individuals or organizations in partnership with the LANL Foundation in recognition of a loved one, esteemed colleague or area of study.

The Climate Change Leadership Institute Earth & Environmental Science Scholarship Fund, supported by LANL and the Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI), provides a one-year $1,000 scholarship to support students pursuing degrees in Earth and environmental science fields, including ecology and environmental/climate stewardship. Reyes Roybal, Northern New Mexico College, is this year’s recipient. Roybal also received a Bronze Scholarship.

LANL scholarships support graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students pursuing a four-year degree in any field of study.

All winners maintain primary residence in the seven Northern New Mexico counties surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory—Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos, and have met rigorous academic and merit-based requirements. Academic achievement, leadership, service, financial need and overcoming life challenges are all taken into consideration.  Certain award levels are determined by additional qualifications, including the pursuit of degrees in specific fields of study, first-generation college students, Native American students, outstanding leadership, higher financial need, resiliency and determination, and residency in certain communities.

LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks addresses 2019 scholarship recipients at an awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of the LANL Foundation.

“These students have worked incredibly hard to position themselves to be ready for a four-year college. They’ve demonstrated the tenets of our scholarship, which are academic achievement, leadership and service. They’ve done their part. And for many of them, financial support is the piece that is missing in order to make their dream possible. We’re able to provide that,” said Mike Ammerman, Scholarship Program Manager.

“For others, the acknowledgement and the opportunity to be part of this LANL Scholars community may be the most valuable benefit of receiving the award. This opens up the opportunity for them to be part of a network of other high-performing people from the region who care about New Mexico and want to give back, including giving back to the program as alumni.”

The scholarship program also generates many professional opportunities for students, ranging from employment at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to internships and/or employment in other fields. LANL also prioritizes scholarship recipients for its very competitive internship program.


Giving to Scholarships

The scholarship program and funds are managed and administered by the nonprofit LANL Foundation. Award selections, student outreach and programmatic support are provided by an advisory committee of volunteer donors.

Laboratory fundraising efforts are led by the LANL Community Partnerships Office. The annual scholarship fundraising campaign will be conducted in May 2020. Lab employees may donate year-round to a variety of funds through the LANL Giving Tool.

Since 1999, Northern New Mexico students have been awarded 1,915 scholarships totaling more than $8.5 million from LAESF, over $5 million of which came directly from LANL employees.

For more information, contact Mike Ammerman at scholarships@lanlfoundtion.org or 505-753-8890 ext. 115.

The Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund began in 1998 and gets its name from the main source of donations: Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, contractors and retirees. Donations also come from community members and local businesses that value education and economic development in the region.

About the LANL Foundation (www.lanlfoundation.org)
Since 1997, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked to inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy. By investing in human potential, the Foundation’s vision is that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient, lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities. Programs in early childhood, K–12 education with support of teacher professional development and STEM inquiry, scholarships and small grants serve Northern New Mexico communities primarily in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.

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