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LANL Foundation announces its scholarship recipients

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The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation through the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund (LAESF) announces ten 2012 Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund recipients.
This fund awards scholarships to students returning to 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.
• Sainie Atencio:   A resident of Sandoval County, enrolled at Santa Fe Community College this Santo Domingo Pueblo jeweler/businesswoman is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree in media arts, to learn web design both for her own business and for other companies in her community.  
• Megan Avina:  A resident of Taos County, enrolled at Northern New Mexico College, this accomplished and awarded New Mexico photographer is making a major shift—teaching is her new career.  Now as a teacher’s aide at the Taos Integrated School for the Arts charter school, she is facilitating small math and reading groups. The Education degree is a key to her achieving full teaching appointments.  
• Hannah Cornelius:  A resident of Taos County, enrolled at UNM-Taos pursing an Associate’s degree in Pre Science while also working full time as an EMT and Paramedic for Taos County Ambulance, with aspiration of a Bachelors degree in emergency medicine. Her ultimate goal is to help provide medical care in underserved areas in rural N.M.  
• Daniel Hernandez:  A resident of San Miguel County enrolled at Luna Community College pursing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering.  This certified journeyman carpenter will complete his Associates degree next fall, after which he aspires to pursue his Bachelors.  
• Christopher Kelly: A resident of Mora County, enrolled at Luna Community College this EMT, and wildland firefighter, is pursuing a pre-nursing degree as a step toward a career as a Registered Nurse and a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN).  
• Gabriel Maestas: A resident of Mora County enrolled at Luna Community College, with the goal of earning an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science and eventually pursuing a career in Software Design and Electronics Engineering.
• Avery May: A resident of Santa Fe County, enrolled at the Santa Fe Community College pursuing an associate’s degree in Biological Science to become “an M.D. of great integrity; one that sees the patient is a person and not their sickness.”
• Enrique Montoya: A resident of Mora County, enrolled at Luna Community College this father of two is pursuing an Associates of Applied Science. He hopes to become a Registered Nurse in the State of New Mexico.
• Francisco Rael: A resident of Taos County, enrolled at Northern New Mexico College is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Radiation Protection with a goal of a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and an eventual Master’s in Health Physics. Following the birth of his infant son, he realized the importance of a stable career and is determined to serve as a positive role model.
• Christa Romero: A resident of Taos County enrolled at UNM Taos completing prerequisites for the Nursing program. This working mother has waited over 20 years to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a nurse.
Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship applicants must be permanent residents of Northern New Mexico who have left formal education for business, the military, or other reasons and now seek to expand their opportunities. For the purpose of these scholarships, Northern New Mexico includes Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Taos counties.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and demonstrate that they have been accepted into or are currently pursuing certification or a two-year degree at an accredited regional college. Preference for selection will be shown toward applicants who followed other career opportunities or pursuits for a period of two years or more before deciding to re-enter formal education. Preference may also be given to students pursuing programs related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related vocations, although strong applications in any program area will be considered.
The number of scholarships to be awarded is determined by funds available each year. The foundation is currently taking applications; next application deadline for the Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship is June 15, 2012.  
For additional information visit lanlfoundation.org.