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Scholarship Criteria

The Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund (LAESF) includes scholarships for students seeking 4-year degrees upon high school graduation, awards for students returing to formal education who are seeking 2-year degrees or certifications after a hiatus for other pursuits, and awards for undergraduate students of Tribal communities seeking accounting, business administration, finance, or management information systems (MIS) degrees. Criteria is dependent upon the type of scholarship being sought.

4-Year Degree Scholarship Criteria (LAESF Scholarships)
2-Year Degree/Certification Scholarship Criteria
  (Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship)
Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship   Criteria


4-Year Degree Scholarship Eligibility (LAESF Scholarships)

Applications for 2017 LAESF Scholarships are due January 17, 2017.

The application process for Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) 4-year degree awards begins with submission of a completed form (online submission or hardcopy) and supporting portfolio materials. Any permanent resident of Northern New Mexico with at least a 3.25 cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA), and scores of 19 ACT or 930 SAT (combined Math plus Critical Reading only), who is enrolling in or currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution is eligible to apply. For the purpose of these scholarships, Northern New Mexico includes Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Taos counties.

Student applications are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership potential, and the ability to apply critical thinking skills. Student applicants with a desire to pursue a degree in a science-related field or other fields important to the future success of Northern New Mexico will be given priority consideration for Platinum and Gold awards.

Academic Achievement and Potential
Students are expected to have challenged themselves as fully as their school allows in both quantity and quality of courses selected. Academic transcripts and standardized test scores will provide the basis for evaluation of applicants.

Leadership Potential
The applicant’s leadership potential, based on demonstrated initiative and responsibility, is evaluated on the basis of letters of recommendation, a personal interview, and other components of the application. Evaluation of the applicant’s leadership potential will consider participation in extracurricular activities at school and/or in the community. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated leadership experience.

Ability to Apply Critical Thinking Skills
The applicant’s ability to apply critical thinking skills, including demonstrated problem-solving skills, is evaluated based on two letters of recommendation, an essay, and other components of the application.

Financial Need
LAESF provides merit-based scholarships, however, to gain a true gauge of a student’s ability, the Advisory Committee does take into consideration the financial background and life challenges of each applicant. It is strongly recommended that all applicants address the financial need and special circumstances questions in the application.

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2-Year Degree/Certification Scholarship Eligibility (Regional College/Returning Student Scholarships)
The Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship provides opportunities 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. Any permanent resident of Northern New Mexico with a high school diploma or GED who is enrolling in or currently attending an accredited certification or 2-year degree program is eligible to apply.

Similar to the other LAESF Scholarships, selection is based primarily on merit, but because the focus is on returning students, some of whom may have been out of formal education for several years, there will be special emphasis on initiative, motivation, and accomplishments and less on grade point average or tests.

Preference for selection will be shown toward applicants who followed other career opportunities or pursuits for a period of two years or more before deciding to re-enter formal education. Preference may also be given to students pursuing programs related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related vocations, although strong applications in any program area will be considered.

The online application for the RC/RS Scholarship is available. Application forms in PDF format may also be downloaded and submitted by mail. Contact the LANL Foundation at (505) 753-8890 with any questions.

Scholarships are awarded twice each year. Deadlines are November 28, 2016 for January, 2017 awards and June 15, 2017 for July, 2017 awards.

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Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship
The 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.

Applicants must be a members of a Pueblo or Tribe and/or reside within the seven Northern New Mexico counties (Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Taos). Undergraduate students with sophomore, junior, or senior status, enrolled full-time and majoring in accounting, business administration, finance, or management information systems (MIS) degree programs or related fields at an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply. Students must have a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (to be reviewed/revised in subsequent years to become consistent with LANL Foundation/LAESF requirements).

Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership potential, and the ability to apply critical thinking skills in a business-realted field.

Applicants for the NNM Tribal Business Scholarships are strongly encouraged to complete the online application form. Application forms in PDF format may also be downloaded and submitted by mail. Contact the LANL Foundation at (505) 753-8890 with any questions.

Applications for 2017 awards will be accepted starting in April 2017.

 

 

2004 LAESF Gold Scholarship recipient, Cristal Vasquez (above)
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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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