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About the Funds

Scholarships are a valuable investment in our collective future and help turn promising potential into meaningful careers. The LANL Foundation Scholarship Program in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is made possible by generous contributions from the LANL workforce, Triad National Security, and community supporters.

The LANL Foundation manages a wide range of scholarship funds and ensures that all donor contributions support student awards. The majority of support for scholarships comes from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and LANL, but we welcome contributions from community members and businesses. Your donation is tax deductible.

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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 achievement, leadership potential, and a commitment to service. Financial need, diversity, and regional representation are integral components of the selection process for all awards.

Career Pathways Scholarship Fund 

Formerly known as Regional College / Returning Student Scholarship (RCRS), this fund provides renewable $1,500 scholarships to students pursuing 2-year degrees, certificates and trades. Many recipients are nontraditional students returning to higher education. The scholarship is also open to trade school students and students pursuing a 2-year degree or certificate immediately after high school.

Need-Based Scholarship Fund (established 2019) 

Scholarships are awarded to well-qualified applicants with demonstrated financial need. All recipients meet or exceed the minimum GPA and test score requirements of LAESF 4-year scholarships. Status as a first-generation college student is also considered.

Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship Fund

The Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship, established by Los Alamos National Security, LLC and LANL, is designed to support and advance education opportunities for Native students from the laboratory's 16 neighboring Tribal communities. This scholarship was created to keep up with the growing need for qualified accountants, financial analysts, and business information system professionals within 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.

Sheila Morris Luna Memorial Scholarship Fund 

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation supporters Susan Seestrom and Chris Morris have created a scholarship fund honoring their daughter Sheila Morris Luna and their own life-long commitment to science. Established in 2020, the Sheila Morris Luna Scholarship is awarded to a woman pursuing a bachelor's degree in any STEM-related field at a New Mexico college or university. Undergraduate status and financial need are highly considered when awarding this scholarship. Learn more >

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.

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.

Don & Connie Cobb Endowed Education Scholarship Fund 

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 renewable scholarship for students pursuing degrees in education. 

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.Senator Domenici played a leadership role in obtaining a $35 million appropriation for the LANL Foundation’s endowment. 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 in each of the seven Northern New Mexico counties served by the Foundation.

Bryan Fearey & Maureen Connolly Endowed Scholarship for Science and the Arts

Bryan Fearey and Maureen Connolly – both physical chemists – share the belief that “chemists can do anything” and that world-class science is essential for our national security. Bryan spent 32 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, frequently applying his chemistry skills to leadership roles on national security. Maureen passed on her knowledge of chemistry while teaching at Los Alamos High School and UNM-LA and shared her love of science with preschoolers as an instructor at Little Forest Playschool. They also share of love of music and the visual arts. A skilled clarinetist and saxophonist , Bryan performs regularly, and Maureen has been an artist all her life. The Fearey/Connolly Endowed Scholarship for Science and the Arts honors their enduring commitment to science serving the nation’s national security needs and provides financial support to students with a similar interest with chemistry at its core and a passion for performance music and/or visual arts. Learn more >

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

Michael A. Hiskey Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established by fellow LANL scientists to honor the "highly creative, unique and passionate energetic materials chemist" by encouraging students in Northern New Mexico to pursue a nursing degree to help address the shortfall of nurses in the region.

Marvin Martin Mueller Memorial Scholarship Fund

Marvin Mueller knew he wanted to be a mathematician or a physicist from a young age. He ultimately achieved that goal while working for the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 35 years. Outside of physics, he most notably enjoyed philosophy, gravitating toward the Humanist movement. Honoring this legacy, The Marvin Martin Mueller Endowed Memorial Scholarship supports the children and families of Los Alamos County Police Department employees pursuing 2 and 4-year degrees or certificates, and applicants with the expressed desire to improve the lives of others.

Nelson O. and Esperanza Baca Gonzales Scholarship Fund

The Nelson O. and Esperanza Baca Gonzales Scholarship fund provides scholarships in perpetuity for students from Mesa Vista High School primarily and then to students of Espanola Valley High School pursuing a bachelor’s degree, associate's degree, or certification in a trade. Scholarships will be awarded to those who embody the Gonzaleses’ commitment to community and service, and financial need is strongly considered in the selection process.

Pete & Elaine Lyons Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund honors and celebrates the life and legacy of Pete B. Lyons and his late wife Elaine. Lyons dedicated his life to public service—to his community, to the scientific community, and to the nation. Lyons spent more than 30-years in a range of leadership roles at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as a long-time school board member at LAPS, as an advisor to Sen. Pete Domenici, and most notably, serving as the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy under President Obama. He also helped create the LANL Foundation, further continuing his life-interest in fostering the future generations of Northern New Mexico. In the spirit of Pete and Elaine, this scholarship will benefit students who have demonstrated leadership and service to their school and community and have a financial need as a barrier to attaining a college education. 

LANL Workforce Retirees’ Endowed Scholarship Fund 

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.

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. 

Nancy and Jeffrey Sauer Endowed Scholarship Fund 

This named scholarship is established by Nancy and Jeffrey Sauer to honor their life-long commitment to science and to provide financial support to students with a similar passion for, and a desire to pursue a career in, the physical and environmental sciences.  Specifically, this scholarship is intended to support the hopes and dreams of students in Northern New Mexico pursuing bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, physics, geology, hydrology or biology.

Howard Menlove and Jean Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Howard Menlove, a retired LANL scientist, and Fellow. Howard had a very distinguished career at LANL in Nuclear Safeguards and Nonproliferation. Howard’s life partner, Jean Marshall, worked in education and the coordination of assistance programs for the needy.  To honor Jean’s memory and her love of science and education, Howard established the Howard Menlove and Jean Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide awards to students pursuing degrees in Education, Science, or Healthcare.

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.

  • Alan Johnston Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 (business-related fields)
  • NNM American Society of Mechanical Engineers Scholarship (ASME) : $1,000 (mechanical or other engineering fields)
  • 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

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