LANL Foundation Announces Nelson O. And Esperanza Baca Gonzales Scholarship


The LANL Foundation is excited to announce a new scholarship–a testament to the remarkable legacy of dedicated educators Nelson O. and Esperanza Baca Gonzales to the young people of Northern New Mexico.

The Nelson O. and Esperanza Baca Gonzales Scholarship, established by Nelson to honor his late wife, her family, and to encourage and inspire a new generation as a $100,000 endowment with the LANL Foundation, will provide scholarships in perpetuity for students from Mesa Vista High School and then Espanola Valley High School students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or trade certification. 

Scholarships will be awarded to those who embody Nelson and Esperanza’s life-long commitment to community and service, and financial need is strongly considered in the selection process.
Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation Scholarship Program Manager, said he is honored Nelson and his family have entrusted the LANL Foundation to steward this generous endowment. 

“Hearing Nelson speak about his love and respect for Esperanza and her commitment to the people and communities of Northern New Mexico is deeply moving,” Ammerman said. “We hope that others choose to contribute to this fund so that we can serve even more students for years to come.” 

To learn more about the scholarship fund click here, and how you can donate here.
Students interested in applying for any of LANL Foundation and the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund’s scholarships can apply via a one-time application here. The deadline to apply is Jan. 19, 2021.