Each year the LAPS Foundation presents approximately 10 graduating LAHS seniors with a Community Service scholarship. The awards go to students who have demonstrated community service throughout their high school careers, both for their schools and their community. Last year LAPS Foundation created a new scholarship for students planning on a career technical path. One or two students will be awarded the Career Technical Scholarship each year. LAPS Foundation scholarship winners choose an Educator of Distinction, who is an educator that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. LAPS Foundation also administers several memorial scholarships.
Scholarship applications for the 2023 LAPS Foundation scholarships are due on February 21, 2023. The application can be found in the LAHS Scholarship Packet published by the high school in December. Scholarship applications can now be submitted online. Students can also mail or deliver scholarship applications to the LAPS Foundation office at 1010 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (East door in the new Los Alamos Schools Credit Union Building).
2019 Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Scholarship Winners
Paulina Burnside is the daughter of Nathan and Patricia Burnside. She will attend New Mexico State University in the fall where she will major in English. Burnside chose Christine Engelbrecht as her Educator of Distinction. Burnside wrote, “Because of the invaluable voice that Ms. Engelbrecht helped me find, I plan on dedicating my life to students who have not found their own voices.”
Scholarships Administered by the LAPS Foundation
In addition to its own scholarships, the LAPS Foundation administers the following scholarships, by managing the funds and in some cases reviewing applications and selecting the winners:
This scholarship is named for Larry Baca, a renowned coach in Los Alamos for 30 years and member of the Los Alamos High School Hall of Fame and New Mexico Coaches Hall of Fame. He was a tremendous athlete at LAHS participating in baseball, basketball, wrestling, football and track. A role model to youth in our community, Baca’s humility, determination and sportsmanship enabled his track teams to achieve numerous district and state track titles. The 2020 scholarship went to Steven Strevell.
Thank you to Jessica Booton Photography for providing wonderful photos of our scholarship recipients and educators of distinction!