Sixteen Northern New Mexico adult students returning to college, including four from Taos, each received $1,000 scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. The awards from the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund help local, nontraditional students enter higher education programs to expand job opportunities or pursue new careers.
The four Taos students among the January 2018 scholarship winners are Gary Cook of Taos, studying digital media arts at University of New Mexico - Taos; Justin Hosea of Ranchos de Taos, studying prescience at University of New Mexico - Taos; Tamar Jeffs of Taos, studying liberal arts at University of New Mexico - Taos; and Constancia Trujillo of Ranchos de Taos, studying prescience at University of New Mexico - Taos.
The other nontraditional students hail from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. They are studying for degrees ranging from business administration to preengineering at Santa Fe Community College, Luna Community College and UNM-LasVegas.
"RCRS scholarships support Northern New Mexicans as they seek to improve their lives through education and prepare for a wide variety of fields, such as hospitality and tourism, trades like welding and HVAC/plumbing, environmental sciences, healthcare, new media and many others," said John McDermon, scholarship program manager for the LANL Foundation. "We're proud of our winners and see many of them continuing their educational journey with a four-year degree."
Since 2011, 189 Regional College/Returning Student scholarships totaling $189,000 have supported adult students from Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.
The LANL Foundation scholarships are offered twice each year, with deadlines in June and November, to students in the seven-county area.
The program is managed by the LANL Foundation with oversight provided by an advisory committee of volunteer donors. Scholarships are funded by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, retirees, contractors and Los Alamos National Security, a consortium of companies that manage the national laboratory.