The LANL Foundation offers scholarships via the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) to high school graduates and current undergraduate students from Northern New Mexico to pursue 4-year degrees.
Students are evaluated based on information and materials submitted in their application. Those who pursue degrees in STEM fields or other professions deemed important to the future success of Northern New Mexico are given priority consideration for the top level of awards. (See awards levels) Scholarships support students in any field of study, not just STEM careers. Students pursuing a 4-year undergraduate degree submit one application in order to be considered for all 4-year renewable scholarships and one-time 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.
LANL Foundation has a variety of different scholarships that range from $1,000 for a single year up to $20,000 over four years for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any field of study. Some awards highlight qualifications such as:
- Science, technology, engineering, and math degrees
- First-generation college students
- Native American students pursuing Business degrees
- Outstanding leadership and merit
- Financial Need
- Resilience and determination
- Residency in certain communities
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 (3.20 GPA does not meet this requirement)
- Are enrolling in or currently attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution
- 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. Financial need is also taken into consideration.
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.
All 4-Year Undergraduate Scholarships are merit-based. However, to gain a true gauge of a student’s ability, the Advisory Committee takes into consideration the financial background and life challenges of each applicant. It is strongly recommended that all applicants address the financial need and special circumstances questions in 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 our need-based/considered scholarships (which most do consider), 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 www.fafsa.gov
- 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)