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General 4-Year Undergraduate Scholarships

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) offers high school graduates or current undergraduate students funding for four-year degrees.

The application process for 2017 four-year undergraduate scholarships is now closed. Applications for 2018 awards will be accepted starting in October 2017 with a January 2018 deadline. See our Calendar»

Scholarship Eligibility & Criteria

LAESF 4-Year Degree Scholarships are competitive and open to qualified students who

  • Are a permanent resident (366 consecutive days+) of Northern New Mexico in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, or Taos County
  • Have a minimum 3.25 cumulative unweighted grade point average (3.20 GPA does not meet this requirement)
  • Receive scores of 19 ACT or 930 SAT (combined Math plus Critical Reading only)
  • Are enrolling in or currently attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution
  • Preference is not given to students with Laboratory affiliation.

Students are evaluated within categories of criteria based on information and materials submitted in their application. Those who pursue degrees in STEM fields or other professions deemed important to the future success of Northern New Mexico are given priority consideration for the top Gold awards. (See awards levels) Scholarships support students in any field of study, not just STEM careers.

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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The application process for 2017 four-year undergraduate scholarships is now closed. Applications for 2018 awards will be accepted starting in October 2017 with a January 2018 deadline.

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