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Tony Fox, Program Officer
(505) 753-8890 ext: 16
tony@lanlfoundation.org

Our Students, Then and Now

From local community colleges to the Ivy League, your support of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) over the past 10 years has nurtured the dreams of hundreds of Northern New Mexico students. Your generosity does more than help pay a student’s tuition, it empowers them to believe in themselves and reach their fullest potential. Here are just a few examples of the dreams that have already become reality for our past scholarship recipients.

Maria Alvarado

Then:

  • 2001 McCurdy High School graduate

  • LAESF Silver/Allan Johnston Memorial Scholar

Now:

  • Received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Russian from Denver University

  • Received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government

  • Working for U.S. State Department as Vice Consul for the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala

Cynthia Bolme

Then:

  • 1999 Los Alamos High School graduate

  • LAESF Gold Scholar

Now:

  • Received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego

  • Pursuing a PhD in physical chemistry from MIT, defending her dissertation in 2008

  • Employed at LANL as a Graduate Research Assistant

Alyssa Cruz

Then:

  • 2007 Robertson High School graduate

  • LAESF Turquoise Scholar

Now:

  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico

  • Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars

 » Read what Alyssa had to say about receiving her scholarship

Kristina Fisher

Then:

  • 1998 Santa Fe Preparatory School graduate

  • 1999 LAESF Bronze Scholar

Now:

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies

  • Received a master’s degree in natural resources and environmental law from the University of New Mexico School of Law

  • Working as Associate Director of Think New Mexico to develop social and public policy to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans

 » Find out more about Kristina

Glenna Martin

Then:

  • 2003 graduate of Capital High School

  • LAESF Silver Scholar

Now:

  • Received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Skidmore College

  • Currently working as a lab assistant at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe

  • Applying to medical schools to become a pediatrician or family physician

 » Read what Glenna had to say about receiving her scholarship

Severo Martinez

Then:

  • 2004 McCurdy High School graduate

  • LAESF Endowed Leadership Scholar

Now:

  • Received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico

  • Elementary school teacher in Albuquerque

  • Professional musician with two albums released

  • Named “Upcoming Artist of the Year” by the Hispano Entertainers Association

 » Find out more about Severo

Katlin Okamoto

Then:

  • 2003 Taos High School graduate

  • LAESF Platinum Scholar

Now:

  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College

  • Works with Soccer Without Borders as Director of Girls Programs to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of disadvantaged youth

  • Set up a girl’s soccer league in Zambia

  • Helped to create a girls soccer camp in Nicaragua

» Read what Katlin had to say about receiving her scholarship

Marquita Romero

Then:

  • 1999 graduate of Espanola Valley High School

  • LAESF Endowment Scholar

Now:

  • Received a bachelor of arts degree in studio studies from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU)

  • Received a master’s degree in management information systems from NMHU

  • Pursuing Project Management Institute certification

  • Working as an information technology project manager in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at LANL

» Read what Marquita had to say about receiving her scholarship

Jeremy Van Cleave

Then:

  • 1999 graduate of Santa Fe High School

  • LAESF Endowment Scholar

Now:

  • Received a bachelor's degree in biology from Oberlin College

  • Pursuing a PhD in evolutionary biology at Stanford University

» Read what Jeremy had to say about receiving his scholarship

Luke Winston

Then:

  • 1999 Las Vegas Roberton High School graduate

  • LAESF Platinum Scholar

Now:

  • Received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard University

  • Founder, President, and Executive Director of VEGlobal, a children’s orphanage in Chile

  • Returning to Harvard in 2008 to pursue a master’s degree in business and public policy

» Find out more about Luke

Past scholarship recipients
Maria Alvarado, Cynthia Bolme, Severo Martinez, Luke Winston
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