Back to top

About the Funds

Scholarships are a valuable investment in our collective future and help turn promising potential into meaningful careers.

Several funds have been established to for individual scholarships, each with a goal to support specific student needs. The LANL Foundation manages the scholarship funds and ensures that all donor contributions support student awards. Your donation is tax deductible. The cost of administering the Scholarship program is paid for by the LANL Foundation and 11 percent of the LANS contribution. The majority of support for LAESF comes from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and LANL, but we also accept contributions from community members and businesses.

Donate Now Online

In addition to making a contribution through our secure web donation form, you many also download a Scholarship PDF pledge form and mail it in with a check.

General Pledges/LANL Retirees Giving Form

Pass-through Funds

These funds are available immediately to award scholarships.

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 general 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. Merit-based awards are determined by academic performance, leadership potential, critical thinking skills, and career goals. Financial need, diversity, and regional representation are integral components of the selections process for all awards.

Nontraditional Student Scholarship Fund

Provides one-year $1,500 scholarships to nontraditional students seeking to expand their career opportunities with a certificate or degree after a break in formal education. This fund is the successor to the Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship fund which was created in 2011 to support motivated students returning to a formal education, after a hiatus for other pursuits.

Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship Fund

Los Alamos National Security, LLC and LANL are strongly committed to support and advance education opportunities for Native 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 encourage students to pursue business-related degrees and use their education skills to be a part of their long-range goals to enhance economic development and business in their communities. These one-year $1,000 scholarships were 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.

Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship (established 2018)

Scholarships are awarded to students who are descendants of an Abiquiú Land Grant family wishing to study at any accredited two or four year trade school, college, or university. Funding made possible by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Abiquiú Land Grant Board of Directors. Award amounts are dependent upon funds available.

Trade School Scholarship Fund (Coming Soon)

Provides one-year $1,500 scholarships to students pursuing a certificate or degree in a trade from an accredited program (e.g. welding, electrician, HVAC, etc.).

Endowed Funds

These funds are invested into designated endowments to support scholarships. The principle of each endowment is restricted in perpetuity. The earnings are available to award scholarships.

Los Alamos Employees’ Endowed Scholarship Fund

This Fund was established in 1999 to create lasting scholarship opportunities for Northern New Mexico students. Its goal is to increase the number of scholarships available each year, while ensuring permanent funding.

John & Marti Browne Endowed Leadership Scholarship 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 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 help 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.

LANL Workforce Retirees’ Endowed Scholarship Fund (first awarded in 2018)

This endowment became fully funded in 2018 and continues to grow 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.

Bret Knapp Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund honors Bret Knapp (1958–2014), a brilliant engineer and leader with a distinguished career in public service at Los Alamos in the Weapons Program as senior manager of the weapons engineering, design, and production organizations, and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This endowed one-year scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates strong leadership and is pursuing a mechanical, or similar, engineering degree. Additional consideration is given to student athletes who have exhibited leadership in sports or community services, and students with a passion for math.

Don & Connie Cobb Endowed Education Scholarship Fund (first awarded in 2018)

Don Cobb was an active LANL Foundation board member with a long and distinguished career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2006, Don and his wife Connie were instrumental in creating the LANL Workforce Retirees' Scholarship Fund. In 2016, inspired by their daughter, an elementary school teacher, they established an endowment to fund a $1,000 one-year scholarship for students pursuing degrees in education. Don and Connie Cobb will personally match up to $5,000 in donations during 2018.

Climate Change Leadership Institute Endowed Earth & Environmental Science Scholarship Fund

Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI) provide one-year $1,000 scholarships to support students pursuing degrees in Earth and environmental science fields, including ecology and environmental/climate stewardship. This scholarship was started in 2014 when LANL scientist Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham received the Conservation Leadership Seed Grant Award from CCLI. Preference will be given to Native American first-generation college students. CCLI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to phasing out greenhouse gas emissions and empowering community through the ethics of conservation, the adoption of clean energy and the act of taking responsibility as a civil society.

Susan Herrera Endowed 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. This fund annually awards one $10,000 scholarship (four-year $2,500 award).

Michael Hiskey Nursing Scholarship (coming in 2020)

This memorial scholarship was established to honor Michael A. Hiskey’s love of education and appreciation for the nursing vocation. Michael and his friends recognized the need to create more opportunities for students in the region to enter nursing, a profession that is experiencing a shortage, especially in rural areas. Awards are for individuals pursuing a two-year associate’s degree in nursing, and amounts are dependent upon funds available. 

Memorial/Named Scholarships & Planned Gifts

Several memorial scholarships have been established to honor individuals or organizations and are privately funded. Planned legacy gifts may be made to create lasting opportunities through scholarships and any of the LANL Foundation’s education programs.

  • Allan Johnston Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 (business-related fields)
  • NNM American Society of Mechanical Engineers Scholarship (ASME) : $1,000 (mechanical or other engineering fields)
  • Philip P. Barker Memorial Scholarship: $1,000
  • Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship: $1,000 (2 awards: female first-generation college student & female Native American)
  • Tim Martin Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 (multiple awards for Mesa Vista High School graduates)
  • William & Gertrude Fradkin Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 (high moral character and financial need)
  • Raymond M. Chavez Memorial Scholarship: $2,500 (Chimayó/Española Valley resident with exceptional community service)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Scholarship: $1,000 for one year (electrical or other engineering fields, high financial need)

To set up a new, custom scholarship fund or discuss a planned gift to the LANL Foundation, contact Tony Fox, Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Scholarships at 505-753-8890 ext. 116 or email

Make a Legacy Gift