LANL Foundation Calls For Applications For New Career Pathways Scholarships



The LANL Foundation and Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) advisory committee have recently made changes in a scholarship category that funds higher learning for Northern New Mexico residents.  

The newly renamed Career Pathways Scholarship, formerly called the Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship for nontraditional students, will continue to provide $1500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades but now no longer requires applicants to have a gap in formal education.

Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for a Career Pathways Scholarship to help fund an associate’s degree or professional certification. Funds are available for any field of study, but preference may be given to STEM pathways. 

“We’re reexamining our scholarships and revising the criteria to directly reflect the needs of local students,” said Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation scholarship program manager. “Our objective is to provide a broad range of scholarships that are relevant to students across the spectrum of educational and career advancement.”

Career Pathways Scholarships are renewable for a second year and a total of $3000 without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.  

Specific awards are designated for students pursuing a degree in teaching, Los Alamos County Police Department employees and immediate family members, and descendants of Abiquiú Land Grant families. 

As with all LANL Foundation/LAESF scholarships, students must be a resident of the Northern New Mexico seven-county area that includes Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution, in or out of state.

Applications are currently accepted online at The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019. A yearly second round of applications is accepted in fall.

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund is managed by the LANL Foundation, with oversight provided by an advisory committee of volunteer donors. Scholarships are funded by contributions from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, retirees and contractors, as well as local businesses and community members.

For more information, contact Mike Ammerman at or 505-753-8890 ext. 115.

About the LANL Foundation (
Since 1997, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked to inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy. By investing in human potential, the Foundation’s vision is that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient, lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities. Programs in early childhood, K-12 teacher and student programs, inquiry STEM education, scholarships and small grants serve Northern New Mexico communities primarily in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory (
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. 

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.