Scholarships up for grabs

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Northern New Mexicans wanting to return to college for a certificate or two-year program are eligible for $1,000 awards from the Regional College/Returning Student program of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.
The application deadline is June 17 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund. Applications must be submitted online at lanlfoundation.org before June 17.
The awards go to students returning to a formal education after an absence, such as business, the military or personal reasons. Candidates from Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, San Miguel, Taos, Mora and Sandoval counties are eligible and must show that have been accepted for certification, or a two-year degree program at an accredited regional college.
Since the program began in 2011,
36 students have been awarded the scholarship. Students who previously received the Regional College/ Returning Scholar award may reapply.
Funding for the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund comes from contributions by LANL employees and a match from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.
Sauer to chair campaign
Nan Sauer, associate director for Associate Director for Chemistry, Life and Earth Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is chairing the 2013 employees’ scholarship campaign.
Laboratory employees contributed $273,300 to the campaign last year, and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, through its employee gift-match program, gave $250,000.
Sauer’s goal is to increase participation from employees during the one-month campaign ending May 30 to $300,000.
Scholarship awards range from $30,000 to $1,000 to help students in seven counties pursue a higher education.
Sauer said Lab employees believe education is the key to success for Northern New Mexico’s youth. “Each of us has needed help to reach our career and educational goals, and the employees’ scholarship provides an ideal way to give back,” Sauer said.