Nearly $1.9 million grant benefits students, communities

LANS funding supports education, economic development and charitable giving in Northern New Mexico

January 30, 2018

Peñasco High School graduate Charlyna Gonzales is a 2017 recipient of a scholarship from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. She’s currently studying biomedical engineering and physics at Colby College in Maine.

Students, small businesses and other community members and groups in Northern New Mexico will benefit this year from a recent, nearly $1.9 million grant from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which is the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory. The LANS Board of Governors approved the funding through October 1 to support education, economic development and community giving in the region.

“The board’s decision continues their legacy of positive community support that totals $34.8 million since 2006,” said Laboratory Director Terry Wallace. “This commitment allows us to continue to work with organizations across the region, magnifying the impact of our employees’ generous support of nonprofits.”

Funds approved by the LANS Board of Governors are administered through a Community Commitment Plan managed by the Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office.

“Through our ongoing partnerships with community organizations, we work to improve the quality of life for families in Northern New Mexico, with a particular focus on developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math among students. This benefits both the region and the Laboratory,” said Kathy Keith, director of the Laboratory’s Community Partnership Office.

One organization receiving funds is the LANL Foundation, which works on a range of education programs in the region.

“As longtime partners with Los Alamos National Laboratory and LANS, the LANL Foundation is grateful for LANS’ continued support for our mission to inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico,” said Jenny Parks, chief executive officer of the LANL Foundation. “LANS contributes to The Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, which has helped more than 1,300 local students pursue their dreams of higher education.”

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.