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Northern Students Selected for LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship

Four Northern students have been selected by the LANL Foundation to receive Career Pathways Scholarships:

  • Elijah Salazar Menzies, of Hernandez, studying nursing at Northern New Mexico College
  • Jessica Rodriguez of Española, studying nursing at Northern New Mexico College
  • Marissa Armijo of Española, studying information technology engineering at Northern New Mexico College
  • Elijah Lopez of Española, studying Business Administration at Northern New Mexico College

“I want to provide the best life possible for my son and I believe that education is a key factor,” recipient Marissa Armijo said. After working her way up to assistant manager of a meatpacking facility, Armijo explained she changed course and is currently pursuing an Associate of Engineering in Information Engineering Technology at Northern New Mexico College.

Career Pathways Scholarship recipients are resilient, focused, and determined, with a clear vision of the career or trade they intend to pursue. These scholars are highly motivated to gain the skills and credentials needed to enter the workforce in their career of choice, with the primary goal of improving quality of life for themselves, their family, and their community. Scholarships are available to high school seniors, and those with a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency in pursuit of a 2-year degree, trade, or certificate.  The $1,500 awards that are renewable up to two years ($3,000 cap) dependent upon academic standing and progress.

“What is remarkable about this particular group of Career Pathways Scholars is even in the midst of a pandemic, they maintained their ability to focus and plan for an uncertain future,” Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation Scholarship Program Manager, said.


Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.