19 Northern New Mexico Students Receive $28,500 in Scholarships.
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation recently awarded $1,500 Scholarships to 19 nontraditional students from Northern New Mexico. Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarships support individuals seeking a certification or two-year degree from a local accredited college, university or trade school after a gap in formal education.
The RCRS program is part of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), the largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico with funding primarily contributed by LANL employees, contractors and retirees. The program and funds are managed by the LANL Foundation, with oversight and outreach provided by a volunteer advisory committee made up of donors.
General Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship recipients are:
- Katharine Chavez of Santa Fe, studying nutrition at Santa Fe Community College
- Anjala Coughlin of Santa Fe, studying business administration & accounting at Santa Fe Community College
- Danielle Frybarger of Los Alamos, studying respiratory therapy at Santa Fe Community College
- Tammy Hashey of Taos, studying integrative massage therapy at University of New Mexico-Taos
- Michael Hill of Santa Fe, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College
- Annaleigh Medeiros of Santa Fe, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College
- John Montoya of Las Vegas, studying nursing at Luna Community College
- Rachael Mueller of Santa Fe, studying science at Santa Fe Community College
- Meagan Nieto of Santa Fe, studying radiation protection at Northern New Mexico College
- Molly Osmera of Santa Fe, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College
- Marty Rosetta of Las Vegas, studying welding at Santa Fe Community College
- Nathane Salazar of Española, studying information technology & cyber security at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos
- Sarah Schoen of Taos, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College
- Lindsy Solomon of Chamisal, studying nursing at Northern New Mexico College
- Vienna Thomas of Santa Fe, studying allied health at Santa Fe Community College
- Constancia Trujillo of Ranchos de Taos, studying pre-science for nursing at University of New Mexico-Taos
Additionally, three privately endowed funds managed by the LANL Foundation each awarded a $1500 scholarship to a local student under the returning student criteria with additional qualifications.
The Marvin Martin Mueller Endowed Memorial Scholarship, a new award this year, supports Los Alamos County Police Department employees and their family members. Priscilla Garcia of Velarde, who is studying respiratory therapy at Santa Fe Community College, is the first recipient. Her husband is a police officer at the Los Alamos Police Department, making her eligible for the award.
The Don & Connie Cobb Education Scholarship, also new in 2019, encourages much-needed careers in teaching. Recipient Theresa Montoya of Peña Blanca is studying education at Santa Fe Community College.
The Abiquiú Land Grant - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Scholarship, established in 2018, is offered to descendants of Abiquiú Land Grant families. Recipient Anastasia Maestas of Española is studying biology at Northern New Mexico College.
RCRS Scholarships have been offered twice yearly to students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study including trades.
Since 1999, LANL Foundation and LAESF have awarded $6.8 million to more than 1,500 students.