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Scholarship Partners

Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund began as a partnership between the LANL Foundation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a few key employees who sought a way to give back to the communities in the surrounding area of Northern New Mexico.

One main goal has always been to provide incentive and encouragement for higher learning that would build an educated, skilled local workforce for the Lab and other business and industry.

Since the program began in 1998, the Laboratory workforce has donated $5 million. The Lab’s Community Partnerships and Communications & Public Affairs offices play an active role in fundraising during the annual giving campaign.

Many individuals from various Lab divisions and groups, with support from the Director’s office, hire scholarship recipients through paid internships for valuable experience and mentorship. Some scholars pursue full-time careers at the Lab, the largest employer in Northern New Mexico.

Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee

LAESF is governed by an Advisory Committee composed of Laboratory- and community-based donors. 

The committee meets monthly to carry out the goals and objectives of the fund and works year round to ensure a quality scholarship program.

Members conduct the difficult and rigorous process to determine which of the hundreds of student applicants will receive awards. 

Members of the committee are also directly involved in:

  • Maintaining the criteria and ranking methods for the awards
  • Outreach to schools and soliciting applications from students in seven Northern New Mexico Counties (Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos)
  • Alumni engagement
  • Fundraising

The LAESF Advisory Committee executes these functions under the umbrella of the LANL Foundation  with assistance and guidance from the LANL Community Partnerships Office.

To date, there have been more than 1,900 scholarships awarded totaling over $9,000,000.  This includes total employee donations in excess of $5,400,000. 

2021 - 2022 LAESF Advisory Committee Members

  • Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation Ex-officio
  • Felicia Archuleta-Toya
  • Eli Ben-Naim
  • Cassandra Casperson
  • Courtney Clark
  • Austin Evans
  • Connie Figley
  • Joanna Gillespie, LANL CPO Ex-officio
  • Sarah Gissinger-Lariva, LANL Foundation Ex-officio
  • Felice Gurule
  • Zulma Hodges
  • Elizabeth Hong-Geller
  • Kacy Hopwood
  • Lynne Knight
  • Deanna Lopez
  • Briana Luceadams
  • Andrea Martinez
  • Dara McKinney
  • Helen Milenski
  • David Meyerhofer
  • Andrew Montoya
  • Matthew Pacheco
  • Rekha Pillai
  • Philip Stauffer
  • Loyola Torres
  • Tina Varela
  • Jolene Vigil
  • Andrew Wolfsberg

We also thank all of the LAESF Advisory Committee members who served in the past.