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4-Year Undergraduate Scholarships

4-Year Scholarship Application Now Open

Deadline: January 18, 2022


Learn how to Apply

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The LANL Foundation, in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), offers scholarships to students from Northern New Mexico to pursue 4-year undergraduate degrees. Scholarships support students in any field of study.

Students pursuing a 4-year undergraduate degree submit one application in order to be considered for more than 25 unique scholarship awards. The LAESF Advisory Committee evaluates all applications in attempt to match applicants with any awards for which they are eligible and selects the strongest candidates in each category to receive an award. The LANL Foundation has a variety of scholarships that range from $1,000 for a single year up to $20,000 over four years (See awards levels). Some awards highlight qualifications such as: 

  • Degrees in STEM, Education, Business, Nursing, and English/Literature
  • Outstanding leadership
  • Financial need
  • Resilience and determination
  • Students from certain communities and schools
  • Native American heritage

Eligibility Criteria

4-Year Undergraduate Scholarships are competitive and open to qualified students who:

  • Are a 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 
  • Are enrolling in or currently attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a 4-year degree
  • ACT / SAT scores will not be required or considered for the 2022 application cycle.
  • U.S. citizenship is not required.
  • Preference is not given to students with Laboratory affiliation.

Achievement, Leadership and Service

LANL Scholars are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to academic achievement, leadership and service. 

Students are expected to have challenged themselves academically with rigorous college preparatory coursework, including Honors, AP, IB and dual credit courses when available. Academic transcripts and standardized test scores provide the basis for evaluation of academic achievement.
The applicant’s leadership ability is evaluated on the basis of letters of recommendation, personal essays, and a personal interview for the highest level of awards. The evaluation committee considers participation in extracurricular activities at school and/or in the community as well as leadership roles in the family and participation in Tribal activities. Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated leadership experience.
Well-qualified applicants will have a longstanding record of meaningful service and express an intention to continue giving back in the future. LANL Scholars view service as an opportunity to help others in need, promote personal growth and increase awareness of the assets and challenges of northern New Mexico. 

Financial Need

Financial need is a requirement to be considered for some scholarships. It is strongly recommended that all applicants complete the financial need section of the application. Applicants must provide additional income verification information in order to qualify for scholarships with a financial need requirement.

Like most colleges and universities, we utilize applicant FAFSA documentation to verify financial need for any of scholarship with a financial need requirement, so we strongly encourage our applicants to complete this form.

  • Upload the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is generated within three weeks of submitting the FAFSA. Access this report at 
  • Students who are unable to submit a FAFSA can provide an explanation in the application and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis (additional verification information may be required)

For more information about Scholarships, donations or joining the Advisory committee, contact Mike Ammerman, Scholarship Program Manager at (505) 795-3778 or