LANL Foundation Announces Career Pathways, Tribal Business and Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship Recipients

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LANL Foundation Announces Career Pathways, Tribal Business and Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship Recipients

Thirteen Rio Arriba County residents receive awards.

Española, NM — The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation recently awarded 33 scholarships to Northern New Mexico students in three categories.

“Winners of Career Pathways, Tribal Business and Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarships are characterized by their drive, focus and desire to master their profession or trade,” said Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation scholarship program manager. “Some are pursuing new opportunities, while others are continuing to strengthen their knowledge and skills in a current career. They all share a commitment to creating a better life for themselves and their families through continued education.”

Four Native American students received 2019 Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarships in support of bachelor’s degree studies in business-related fields. The recipients are Abriana Gipson of Ohkay Owingeh, studying business and finance at University of New Mexico; James Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo, studying finance at New Mexico State University; Maya Pena of Santa Clara Pueblo, studying business and studio arts at Fort Lewis College; and Ray Roberson of San Felipe Pueblo, studying business administration at Whittier College.

Tribal Business Scholarships are $1,500 one-time awards. Eligible students apply at any time during their undergraduate education and may reapply yearly for additional funding if needed.

Branden Dominovich of Abiquiú, who is studying diesel equipment technology at Central New Mexico Community College is the recipient of the Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship, a $1,500 one-time award. This scholarship is designated for descendants of an Abiquiú Land Grant family pursuing a bachelor’s degree, two-year degree or professional certificate in any field of study.

The newly renamed Career Pathways Scholarship, formerly called the Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship, offers awards for anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE), including nontraditional students and recent high school graduates, to help fund a two-year associate’s degree, professional certification or trade. The scholarship amount is $750 per semester, and overall funding ranges from a one-time $750 award, up to $3,000 for students entering a two-year program.

Twenty-eight students were selected to receive Career Pathways Scholarships: 

Rio Arriba County:

  • Lesly Bencomo of Española, studying nursing at Northern New Mexico College
  • Matias Coronado of Medanales, studying science at Santa Fe Community College
  • Maria Fresquez of Ohkay Owingeh, studying respiratory care at Santa Fe Community College
  • Jolene Garduno of Chimayó, studying radiation protection at Northern New Mexico College
  • Alexa Jaramillo of Fairview, studying integrated studies and substance abuse counseling at Northern New Mexico College
  • Nathan Maestas of Medanales, studying arts, film and media at Northern New Mexico College
  • Monique Martinez of Ohkay Owingeh, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College
  • Justino Rascon of Fairview, studying welding at Lincoln College of Technology
  • Genevieve Suazo of Española, studying substance abuse counseling at Northern New Mexico College

Santa Fe County:

  • Laura Balderrama of Santa Fe, studying pre-veterinarian studies at Santa Fe Community College
  • Wyetta Bradley of Santa Fe, studying nursing and American Sign Language at Santa Fe Community College
  • Odalys Garcia of Santa Fe, studying medical assisting at Santa Fe Community College
  • Destini Gomez of Santa Cruz, studying nursing at Northern New Mexico College
  • Amy Ketcheson of Santa Fe, studying engineering at Santa Fe Community College
  • Sara Lanctot of Santa Fe, studying mechanical engineering and computer science at Santa Fe Community College
  • Francelia Martinez of Tesuque, studying accounting at Santa Fe Community College
  • Mingma Sherpa of Santa Fe, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College

Taos County:

  • Marissa Cadena of Taos, studying science at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Emily Cordova of Ranchos de Taos, studying welding at Lincoln College of Technology
  • Peggy De’Scoville of Taos, studying pre-science at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Eric Fresquez of Ranchos de Taos, studying general studies and information technology at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Kamren Moore of Ranchos de Taos, studying pre-science and geology at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Ryan Morgan-Lee of El Prado, studying pre-science at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Hannah Ryan of Ranchos de Taos, studying pre-science at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Jennifer Sawyer of El Prado, studying pre-science at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Julie Schochet of El Prado, studying pre-science at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Kraig Scofield of El Prado, studying pre-science at University of New Mexico-Taos
  • Allan Van Cleave of Arroyo Hondo, studying environmental science at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos

All of these scholarship recipients, in addition to the 19 recipients of RCRS awards in January, will be celebrated during a reception on August 14 at the LANL Foundation office in Española.

About These Scholarships

The scholarship program and funds are managed by the LANL Foundation, with oversight, outreach, selections and fundraising support provided by an advisory committee of volunteer donors. Career Pathways and Tribal Business awards are made possible by the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), with donations primarily made by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, retirees and contractors. LANL employees may give year-round through the Lab’s Giving Tool.

Outside organizations and individuals also work with the LANL Foundation to set up and manage named scholarships with donor-designated criteria. The Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship is one such example, initiated and funded by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Abiquiú community members.

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 and Taos. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution, in or out of state.

Community members and local businesses may contribute to scholarships, and donations are accepted year-round through at LANLFoundation.org/give.

For more information, visit www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships or contact Mike Ammerman at scholarships@lanlfoundtion.org or 505-753-8890 ext. 115.


About the LANL Foundation (www.lanlfoundation.org)

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.