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2015 Scholarship Reception Highlights

July 23, 2015

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Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund has awarded over $5,000,000 to more than 1,000 students in the last 17 years. Ninety-two percent of recipients have graduated with a four-year degree and seventy-three percent have gone on to pursue graduate degrees. Tony Fox, LANL Foundation Scholarship program officer, attributes the program’s success to four key elements. “We have great volunteers that make up the Scholarship Advisory Committee, with members who each put in over 100 hours per year in student outreach and selections,” Fox said. “You also have to have great leadership. LANL Foundation manages and administers the Scholarship Fund and has a tremendous staff and one of the strongest boards in Northern New Mexico who truly care about the well-being of local people. We have great donors. Without the employees of the Laboratory, these scholarships would not be possible. This year alone we raised $613,000 from employees and Los Alamos National Security, and I am so grateful for that generosity and this tremendous partnership. Lastly, we have really brilliant students in Northern New Mexico. You have amazing stories and accomplishments that inspire us. You will lead our future.”

 

Students from seven counties in Northern New Mexico picked up thousands of dollars in scholarship awards from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Thursday, July 23, 2015 at a reception at the LANL Foundation in Española. In 2015, LANL Employees’ Scholarship Fund awarded $455,500 in scholarships to 111 students in Northern New Mexico. Funding comes from donations by LANL employees and a $250,000 match from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS). The complete list of winners is at www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships.

 

Los Alamos winners from left, Vincent Tang, $4,000 Bronze award; William Zhao, $4,000 Bronze award; Katharine Margevicius, $4,000 Bronze award; Sudeep Dasari, $4,000 Bronze award; Chloe Keilers, $20,000 Gold award; Alexander Swart, $10,000 Silver award, Everett Key, $4,000 Bronze award; Esteban Abeyta, $10,000 Senator Pete Domenici award; and Andrew Hollis, $4,000 Bronze award.

 

Rio Arriba winners from left, Tanisha Garcia, Navajo Preparatory School graduate, $1,000 Rae Lee Siporin award; Santiago Montano, Northern New Mexico College student, $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student award; Erica Vigil, Española High School graduate, $10,000 John & Marti Browne Leadership award; Alejandria Gallegos, Mesa Vista High School graduate, $1,000 Tim Martin Memorial award; Erica Diaz, Española High School graduate, $10,000 John & Marti Browne Leadership award; Dante Chavez Trujillo, Pojoaque Valley High School graduate, $2,500 Raymond M. Chavez Memorial award; Esteban, Abeyta, Los Alamos High School graduate (Rio Arriba resident), $10,000 Senator Pete Domenici award; and Meagan Wheeler, Pojoaque Valley High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award.

 

Mora and San Miguel County winners from left: Onnica Pino, Mora High School graduate, $10,000 Senator Pete Domenici award; Caitlin Diefendorf, Robertson High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; and Francesca Gonzales, West Las Vegas High School graduate, $10,000 Susan Herrera award.

 

Sandoval County winners from left, Merilyn Beebe, V. Sue Cleveland High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; Katherine Schneider, V. Sue Cleveland High School graduate, $10,000 Silver award; and Eduardo Garcia-Melero, Bernalillo High School graduate, $1,000 William & Gertrude Fradkin Memorial award.

 

Santa Fe winners from left, Kristie Neslen, Santa Fe Community College student, $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student award; Kelly Whitchurch, Santa Fe Community College student, $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student award;  Stephen Montoya, Santa Fe Community College student, $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student award;  Meghan Hill, Monte del Sol Charter School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; Maxwell Thurston, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Preparatory School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; Ursula Vold, Santa Fe High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; Nathan Sedillo, Santa Fe Community College student, $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student award; Daniella Martinez, Pojoaque Valley High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; ­Raina Wellman, Academy for Technology and the Classics graduate, $10,000 Senator Pete Domenici award;  Meagan Wheeler, Pojoaque Valley High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; Dante Chavez Trujillo, Pojoaque Valley High School graduate, $2,500 Raymond M. Chavez Memorial award; Andres Quan, St. Michael's High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze and $1,000 Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Awards; Ariana Giblin, St. Michael’s High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; Alexander Ortiz, Santa Fe, Santa Fe High School graduate, $20,000 Gold award; Gabriel King, St. Michael's High School graduate, $4,000 Bronze award; Angela Udemezue, Santa Fe Community College student, $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student award; and Michael Stewart, Santa Fe Community College student, $1,000 Regional College/Returning Student award.

 

Toas County winners from left, Shay Moon, Taos High School graduate heading to University of Pennsylvania to major in economics and statistics, received a $4,000 Bronze award and Mapiya Rakestraw, Peñasco High School graduate attending Adams State University in to study nursing, received the $4,000 Bronze award.

 

The Scholarship Advisory Committee oversees the program, including student outreach at high schools and colleges in seven counties, application review, student selections and fundraising. Volunteer hours total 2500 each year.

 

Former Advisory Committee chair, Becky Chamberlin (center), was recognized by Tony Fox with a plaque of appreciation for her six years of service.

 

Steve Girrens (right), Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at LANL and 2015 campaign champion was presented with a desk clock for his leadership and enthusiasm during fundraising that led to a record total of $613,000 raised for future scholarships.

 

LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks (center) thanked LANL Foundation staff for thier support of the scholarship program.

 

LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks congratulated the students and thanked the parents for their hard work and dedication.

 

Rich Marquez, Executive Director of LANL and Foundation Board President, shared with students his thoughts on things that contribute to success in life. “Learn to observe, never lose your intellectual curiosity and never be embarrassed to ask questions,” Marquez said. “Learn how to develop relationships, because that network will help you get through some tough times. And when you face challenging positions, learn how to communicate. Learn how to balance ambition and humility and never forget where you started from. Don’t be afraid of failure. The more you fail, the more successful you become, and you start to develop the courage and confidence you need for success. I challenge you to dare to fulfill your potential.”

 

Alejandria Gallegos (right), pictured with JoAnne Martin and Mike Martin, mother and brother of the late Tim Martin of El Rito, is one of eight winners of the $1,000 Tim Martin Memorial Scholarship from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. These awards are given to graduates of Mesa Vista High School. Gallegos is headed to the University of New Mexico to study biology to pursue a career in the medical field. The other Martin scholarship winners are Damonica Alderette, Alycia Campos, Christopher Dominguez, Reina Duran, Ross Griego, Laura Perez-Guzman and Luke Villareal. Since 2008, 16 students have received Tim Martin Memorial Scholarships, funded by the Martins and their family and friends.

 

David Fradkin (left) of Los Alamos set up the William & Gertrude Fradkin Memorial Scholarship in honor of his late father and mother. This year’s $1,000 scholarship went to Bernalillo High School graduate Eduardo Garcia-Melero. A total of five Fradkin scholarships have been awarded.

Photo credit: LANL Foundation, Andrea Multari



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