Together, We Are
Investing in Learning
& Human Potential

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation has been investing in educationlearning, and human potential in Northern New Mexico since 1997.

Our Work

Education is the answer to some of the deepest problems in New Mexico, our nation and our world. And that is what drives the work of the Foundation. We know that by working together with students, educators, communities, leaders, and businesses, we can ignite opportunities previously unimagined.

Our Research & Advocacy

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Resilient Families: Helping Grandparents and Kin Raise Children in New Mexico

“Resilient Families: Helping Grandparents and Kin Raise Children in New Mexico” details the growth and specific needs of kinship families in the state and making recommendations for how these families can be better supported. Grandparents and kin play an increasingly important role in raising children in New Mexico. From 2017 to 2023, the number of children in kinship care (where grandparents or kin raise children) rose from 30,000 to 36,000, an increase of 20 percent. This is likely an undercount, however, since many families rely on informal arrangements. By some census estimates, as many as 55 children are being informally raised by kin for every one child being raised by kin through the state’s foster care program.
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An Employer's Guide to Creating an Internship Program

The Employer’s Guide to Successful Internships

Internship programs give New Mexican employers a way to find, develop, and retain local talent. Young people in our state have deep connections to culture, family, and community. Participating in internships enables young people to envision themselves as professionals, to find work opportunities without leaving the state, to understand what is needed to succeed in the workplace, to make informed educational choices, and to find lasting purpose in both their community and their career. By investing in young New Mexicans today, employers can build their stable workforce of tomorrow.
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Our Programs

We work to understand Northern New Mexico communities and learn better ways to serve them. Guided by our board of directors and strategic plan, we build upon accumulated knowledge, programmatic experience, feedback, evaluation data, best practices, and partnerships not only to meet the needs of students and families but also to effectively grow programs in meaningful ways.

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Program at the LANL Foundation is committed to strengthening children, families, and communities in a culturally respectful way. By supporting children (prenatal to five) and their families through leveraging family support systems such as home visitation, they…

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Our K-12 Program grows and bolsters teachers and educational leaders through programming that is highly effective, culturally sustaining, and inquiry based, to create education ecosystems with the conditions for students and educators to thrive. Our three strategic priorities are: 1)…

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Our Scholarships

Since 1999, LANL Foundation in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) Advisory Committee has awarded more than 2,000 scholarships worth over $10 million to deserving students and adult learners from Northern New Mexico. These students share a commitment to academic achievement, leadership and service.

Career Pathways Scholarships

Career Pathways Scholarships are for individuals who have a specific career in mind and are committed to earning an associate’s degree or certification in any field or trade. These scholarships are available to high school students and adult learners with a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE).
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Our Grants

The LANL Foundation’s vision is that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient, lifelong learners who are engaged with their community. Through our grants program, we seek to support and invest in change-making, innovative organizations, schools and communities. Through these investments in relationships, we work with our expert and visionary grantees to plant seeds of skills, confidence and opportunity with and for students, teachers, families and thought-leaders.

Competitive Grants

LANL Foundation’s competitive grants support schools, school districts, non-profits, Pueblos, Nations, and tribal communities in the Foundation’s seven-county service area of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos counties. Our competitive grants support a spectra of projects that provide innovative community and school-based programming, collaboration, and advocacy for lifelong learning.
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Invitational Grants

Invitational Grants allow LANL Foundation to strategically partner with schools, organizations, and tribal communities to cultivate innovative programming, further pilot projects, and fund needs not met by our Competitive Grants.
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Your tax-deductible donation to the LANL Foundation supports programs that inspire excellence in education and life-long learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy.