Alicia Salazar-Crockett was the 2008 Platinum Award Winner of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. Pictured here: on the left as a student intern in 2008, and on the right as a full-time Laboratory employee in 2015. Courtesy photos
Scholarship Fund Platinum Winner Shares Impact Of Scholarship In Podcast
2008 Platinum Award Winner Alicia Salazar-Crockett, Now A LANL Employee, Featured On New LANL Community Connections Podcast
LOS ALAMOS – Each May, employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) pledge contributions to help create the leaders of tomorrow through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF). In 2008, Alicia Salazar-Crockett was the Platinum Award Winner, receiving $30,000 toward her education. A new LANL Community Connections Podcast features Salazar-Crockett relaying the impact the LAESF award has had on her life.
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office deputy director Carole Rutten interviews Salazar-Crockett in the episode. “Alicia is the perfect example of the scholarship fund,” said Rutten. “At 18 years of age, she received the top scholarship from LAESF for her undergraduate studies. She went on to receive her graduate degree in nuclear engineering. Now she is a full-time Laboratory employee.”
This year, 78 scholars will receive more than $400,000. Since 1999, more than $4.9 million has been awarded through 1,000 scholarships. Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) matches each employee’s pledge – up to $250,000 annually – to LAESF, which is co-managed by the LANL Foundation and LANL Community Programs Office.
“I knew what kind of life I wanted, and college was a part of that. I also knew I would need some help financially,” said Salazar-Crockett. “I may not be able to repay the whole amount, but knowing that my contribution to the fund will help the next generation is an amazing feeling.”
This year’s theme for the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund campaign is “Together We Make An Impact.” Pledges will be accepted through June 19, 2015, and the Laboratory community will encourage participation with events throughout the campaign.
The episode can be accessed at https://soundcloud.com/lanl-cpo/how-the-los-alamos-employees-scholarship-fund-changed-my-life along with the entire podcast series.
About LANL Community Connections Podcasts
LANL Community Connections Podcasts are produced by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Community Programs Office. Podcasts are produced in support of the Community Commitment Plan, focusing on education, economic development and community giving. A full list of episodes can be found at www.soundcloud.com/lanl-cpo.
About the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF)
LAESF is co-managed by the LANL Foundation and the LANL Community Programs Office, along with an advisory committee. It is the largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, and has awarded more than 1,000 students in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Alongside various four-year awards, LAESF also provides one-year memorial and privately named scholarships endowed by individuals. Regional College/Returning Student Scholarships assist non-traditional students with a certificate or two-year degree. The Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship encourages students to pursue business-related degrees in support of economic development in their Pueblo or Tribal community. Learn more at http://www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships/.