In 1998, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and its employees, retirees, and contractors partnered with the LANL Foundation to create the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF). The Fund’s goal is to provide scholarships that support the students of Northern New Mexico who are pursuing 4-year undergraduate degrees in fields that will serve the region. Awards are based on academic performance, leadership potential, critical thinking skills, and career goals. Financial need, diversity, and regional representation are integral components of the selections process.
Applications for 2017 LAESF Scholarships will be accepted beginning in October, 2016.
To keep up with the growing need for qualified accountants, financial analysts, and business information system professionals within our Tribal communities, we proudly announce the Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship. This year, one giving option during the LAESF campaign is to designate your gift to the Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship Fund. The first Tribal Business Scholarships were awarded in August, 2014.
In 2011 LAESF introduced the Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund. This fund awards scholarships to motivated students returning to a formal education, after a hiatus for other pursuits. These scholarship candidates may have left formal education for business, the military, or other reasons, possibly for an extended period, and are now seeking to expand their opportunities with a certificate or a two-year degree through a program in the regional area.
Since 1999, over 1000 Northern New Mexico students have been awarded $5 million in scholarships—funds contributed by LANL employees, retirees, and contractors, as well as the business partners of our Northern New Mexico community. In 2015, 112 students were awarded scholarships totaling $456,500. Click to view the current scholarship
LAESF once again broke fundraising records during the 2015 annual giving campaign, reporting a total of $613,188.50 raised. Of that amount, 910 LANL employees, contractors and visiting scientists contributed $357,835.40, surpassing the $350,000 goal set by LAESF. Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) provided a $250,000 match of employee donations. The additional $5,353.10 came from special events and contributors outside the Laboratory.
The 2015 campaign marked a 46% increase in Lab participation from last year’s $327,000 donated by 620 LANL employees. Steve Girrens, Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at the Lab and campaign champion, said he is pleased by the significant increase in donors and contributions.
“Thank you to the loyal repeat supporters and to the new donors who together lifted our participation level to record heights,” Girrens said. “The generosity of LANL employees and LANS continues to create scholarships for local students, investing in Northern New Mexico and the future Laboratory workforce.”
The 2014 campaign funded and impressive 119 scholarships totaling $456,500 awarded to 112 students in 2015!
General donations are accepted year-round. Click here to give.
Ways to Give
For a description of the various funds, click here.
· General donations may be made using our secure online pledge form or by mailing a check with the general PDF form to the LANL Foundation, Attn: Scholarship Program Officer, 1112 Plaza del Norte, Espanola, NM 87532.
· LANL employees may only make pledges through the online Oracle payroll deduction system (no hard-copy forms) in order to receive the LANS match.
· LANL Affiliates & Guest Scientists and Craft employees will be given separate hard-copy forms, which must be used in order to receive the LANS match.
Contact Tony Fox, Scholarship Program Officer, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 753-8890 ext. 116.
The LANL Foundation administers the scholarship fund and ensures that all donor contributions go directly to student awards. All donations are tax-deductible. The LANS match is subject to an 11% administrative fee.