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Los Alamos Employees’ General Scholarship Fund
In 1998, Los Alamos National Laboratory and its employees, retirees, and contractors partnered with the LANL Foundation to create the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF). The Fund’s goal is to provide scholarships that support the students of Northern New Mexico who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in fields that will serve the region. Awards are based on academic performance (academic rigor, GPA, and standardized test scores), leadership potential (extracurricular and community service activities), critical thinking skills, and career goals (relevant to LANL or local community needs). Financial need*, diversity, and regional representation are integral components of the selections process for all awards.

Los Alamos Employees’ Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Los Alamos Employees’ Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 to create lasting scholarship opportunities for Northern New Mexico students. The goal of the Endowed Scholarship Fund is to increase the number of scholarships available each year, while ensuring permanent funding.

NEW Bret Knapp Memorial Scholarship Fund
This endowed one-year scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates strong leadership and is pursuing a mechanical, or similar, engineering degree. Additional consideration will be given to student athletes who have exhibited leadership in sports and/or community services, and students who have a passion for math.

Bret Knapp (1958–2014) was a brilliant engineer and leader who served his entire distinguished career in public service. He spent eight years at Los Alamos in the Weapons Program as a senior manager of the weapons engineering, design, and production organizations and held several positions at Lawrence Livermore including acting director. As a weapons engineer, Knapp put his mechanical engineering degrees to work as he developed an astounding depth of knowledge about the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

*John & Marti Browne Endowed Leadership Fund
Former Laboratory Director John Browne and his wife Marti established the Endowed Leadership Scholarship Fund in 2000. The goal of this scholarship fund is to create lasting scholarship opportunities for Northern New Mexico students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and achievements in their home, school, or community. In addition to meeting LAESF’s rigorous merit-based requirements, students who receive this award also have significant financial need.

Senator Pete Domenici Endowed Scholarship Fund
Senator Pete Domenici made immense contributions to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the LANL Foundation, and the communities of Northern New Mexico. To honor Senator Domenici for these contributions, the LANL Foundation established the Senator Pete Domenici Endowed Scholarship Fund. In “Pete’s spirit,” the fund is dedicated to providing college scholarships to local high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their schools and communities and who exhibit academic excellence and financial need. These awards will help to foster the competitiveness of New Mexico’s workforce in an increasingly complex global economy. This fund annually awards one $10,000 scholarship (four-year $2,500 award) in each of the seven Northern New Mexico counties served by the Foundation. Senator Domenici played a leadership role in obtaining a $35 million appropriation for the LANL Foundation’s endowment.

Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship Fund
Los Alamos National Security, LLC and LANL are strongly committed to supporting and advancing education opportunities for Tribal students from our 16 neighboring Tribal communities. The Tribal communities have a dream of growing their business opportunities to help provide a bright future for generations to come. To make that a reality, these Tribal communities need to encourage students to pursue business-related degrees and use their education skills to be a part of their long-range goals for enhancing economic development and business in their communities. The $1,000 Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship was created to keep up with the growing need for qualified accountants, financial analysts, and business information system professionals within Tribal communities. Scholarships are administered by the LANL Foundation, and a Tribal/Laboratory Advisory Committee determines the mission and goals of the program and serves as the Selection Committee.

Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund
The LANL Foundation, through the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund, created the Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship fund in 2011. This fund awards scholarships to motivated students returning to a formal education, after a hiatus for other pursuits. These scholarship candidates may have left formal education for business, the military, or other reasons, possibly for an extended period, and are now seeking to expand their opportunities with a certificate or a two-year degree through a program in the regional area.

Susan Herrera Scholarship Fund
In 2015, after 17 years of leadership, CEO and LANL Foundation founder Susan Herrera retired. The Foundation board of directors established this special scholarship award in her name. Herrera scholars embody Susan’s spirit of community and leadership, and exemplify the resiliency and determination of students in Northern New Mexico who must work hard to earn every grade in school.

LANL Retirees’ Scholarship Fund
LAESF is building an endowment from contributions made primarily by retired LANL employees to provide scholarships for students pursuing degrees critical to the needs of the Laboratory and the region. Emphasis for these awards will be placed on students who have high academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing STEM degrees.

Planned or Memorial Gifts
Several planned or memorial gifts have been estrablished to honor individuals or orgnaizations. Scholarships may be set up in perpetuity through the following gifts:
• $30,000 provides a $1,000 scholarship in perpetuity
• $50,000 provides a $2,500 scholarship in perpetuity
• $100,000 provides a $5,000 scholarship in perpetuity


2006 Scholarship recipients Trevor Martin, Alayna Rodriguez, and Jose Castellano (left to right)

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LAESF Student Highlights:
» 2016 Arasely Rodriguez
» 2016 Joaquin Montano
» 2016 Lindsay Redman
» 2016 Solomon Sindelar
» 2016 Katherine Wang

» 2015 Dawn Penso
» 2014 Raymond Fasano
» 2014 Alicia Aragon
» 2014 Alexandr Wang
» 2014 Greta Miller
» 2014 Ryan Toma
» 2013 Kevin Gao
» 2013 Alicia Dominguez
» 2013 Joel Runnels
» 2012 Antonio Cobian
» 2012 Jacob Leyba
» 2009 Siri Khalsa
» 2008 Scholar Marina Volegova
» 2008 Ian Martinez
» 2008 Ellie Powell

Past scholarship recipients, where are they now?

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