The $6,450 check is due to Mr. Ron Wilkins (far right), Treasurer of the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, to Nancy Thomas Hatfield, Co-Chair of LAHS’ 1969 fundraising and 1970 Representative. Presented by Abel Chavez of Judy Mackenzie’s class.Photo provided
LAHS Alumni News
It doesn’t take long to prove the adage “success begets success” when it comes to raising scholarship funds to qualify for Los Alamos High School (LAHS) graduates in 1970 and 1969.
The 1970 “I Turned 70” Alumni July Scholarship Raise totaled $6,450, just as the 1969 Alumni did the same at their 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration in 2019. , double the original fundraising goal.
Both LAHS classes were awarded two $3,000 scholarships from each class in partnership with the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC), raising a total of $18,850. The 1969 class raised him as much as $5,400 in teacher grants administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation during the reunion.
Both classes had leaders and classmates who shared their passion for higher education, and who were generous and accomplished people who were willing to contribute.
Mike Neher, Nancy Hatfield, Loretta Finley and Bob Hicks led the 1970s scholarship fundraising campaign this summer, while Abel Chavez and Mary Calvin led the 1969s initiative in 2019 . Mary had a brother who was a member of her LAHS class of 1970.
The Class of 1969 awarded two $3,000 scholarships in 2020 and 2021 to Ellie Oldham and Logan Black for teaching positions at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. I got my degree.
The Class of 1970 will award two $3,000 scholarships in 2023 and 2024 to LAHS graduates who are continuing their tertiary education to earn degrees in Arts and Sciences.
“What made this fundraiser a rewarding experience for me was the support I received from my classmates and Abel Chavez’s matching donation of $3,000 in 1969. Shared purpose and shared vision.” We are grateful to have achieved our combined success in leaving a lasting legacy from
Abel Chavez said, “We applaud the 1970 class for continuing the tradition of advance payment by recognizing and supporting LAHS students who deserve higher education at a four-year college or university. “My financial contribution and support to the Class of 1970 is a tribute to my late sister, Lucy, who was a kind, friendly, and caring classmate of 1970, who was driven by faith, courage, and a desire to learn.” It was done with love and respect.”
Believing in the value of working together and working together, Chavez provided $1,000 in scholarship support from the 50th Year Reunion Fund for the remainder of the 1969 class, enabling an additional $3,000 in scholarships. Did.
“We look forward to working with the members of JROMC to continue the legacy of Robert Oppenheimer,” added Neher. “One of the most influential scientists in modern history and founder of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Oppenheimer’s leadership has contributed to the economic development of Los Alamos and the region, and to our It has provided employment for many of our families and we are grateful to have been able to live and be educated in a special place that we will call home forever.”
The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee has a proven track record of educational assistance, having provided more than 230 scholarships to local students, totaling more than $700,000, since the scholarship program began in 1984. increase. For more information on the scholarship program, please visit https. http://jromc.org/