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LANL Foundation Awards $755,500 to 106 Northern New Mexico Scholarship Recipients

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), is proud to announce its 2021 4-Year Scholarship recipients. A grand total of $755,500 will be awarded to 106 outstanding Northern New Mexico students. 

“Despite the challenges presented by a year of distance learning, pandemic-related stress, civil unrest, and uncertainty about the future, these amazing students found the motivation to remain committed to their academic pursuits and serve as leaders in their schools, homes, and communities,” Mike Ammerman, Scholarship Program Manager said. ”The resilience and determination exhibited by this class of LANL Scholars is inspiring, and they all deserve a heartfelt ‘congratulations’ for their many accomplishments.”

Three graduating seniors—Adriana Cordova, Cuba High School; Britney Hsu, Taos High School; and William Vasquez McTeigue, Los Alamos High School—were awarded the top-level $20,000 Gold Scholarship. Jeraldine De Los Santos of Capital High School was awarded the $20,000 Sheila Morris Luna Memorial Scholarship, designated for an outstanding female student pursuing a degree in a STEM field at an in-state college or university. 

Scholarships administered by the LANL Foundation support graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students pursuing a four-year degree in any field of study. All recipients maintain primary residence in one of the seven Northern New Mexico counties surrounding the Los Alamos National Laboratory and have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, leadership, and service, as well as met rigorous academic and merit-based requirements. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $20,000 with certain awards focused on students pursuing degrees in education, nursing, health care, engineering, business, STEM, or the arts. While the scholarships are funded in large part by LANL employees, the LANL Foundation also partners with Triad National Security, Anchorum St. Vincent/Christus St. Vincent, and private donors to provide scholarships and support services for students from Northern New Mexico.

To learn more about our 2021 scholarship recipients, please click here.


The Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund began in 1998 and gets its name from the main source of donations: Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, contractors, and retirees. Donations also come from community members and local businesses that value education and economic development in the region.

About the LANL Foundation (
Since 1997, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation has been investing in education, learning, and human potential in Northern New Mexico. Through our diverse programming and collaboration with key partners, we work to ensure that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient lifelong learners engaged with their communities. The LANL Foundation is dedicated to supporting college and career readiness by enhancing student access to academic and technical opportunities in schools, districts, communities, Pueblos, Tribes, and Nations.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory (
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.