J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee
PO Box 220, Los Alamos, NM 87544

J. Robert Oppenheimer Regional Scholarship 2024 Announcement
In 2024, a total of eight J. Robert Oppenheimer Regional Scholarships are available (one for $3500 and seven for $3000).

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC), a non-profit organization established in 1975, offers these scholarships in the memory of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the founder and director of the laboratory at Los Alamos during World War II. Oppenheimer is justly recognized as one of the pre-eminent scientists of the twentieth century.  He devoted his life to his belief that “a great discovery is a thing of beauty and . . . knowledge is good and good in itself.” Additional information regarding the JROMC and the available scholarships is available at www.jromc.org.


Students must be a graduating senior from Capital High School, Española Valley High School, Jemez Valley High School, Pojoaque Valley High School, Santa Fe High School, or Santa Fe Indian School. In addition, these scholarships are awarded to graduates interested in pursuing a career in basic or applied physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics or computer science. Only applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above will be considered.

Submission Instructions:

Regional scholarship applications can be submitted either through the JROMC website (click here), through a high school guidance counselor using the application outlined below and available as a PDF form (click here). Alternatively, the application form below can be emailed directly to the JROMC point of contact at https://jromc.org/contact-us/.

The application needs to include:

  • The information requested on the Application Form (provided below). 
  • A 300-word essay explaining how the J. Robert Oppenheimer quote, “knowledge is good and good in itself” applies to the applicant’s interests and career choices.
  • Declaration of veracity [signed by student]: “I declare that, to the best of our knowledge, the information reported on this form is true, correct and complete, and that this information may be used for scholarship purposes.”
  • Declaration of veracity [signed by parent/guardian]: “I declare that, to the best of our knowledge, the information reported on this form is true, correct and complete, and that this information may be used for scholarship purposes.” 

Regional scholarship applications are due by February 23, 2024.

Selection Criteria:

The selection committee will consider academic excellence, relevant experience and activities, evidence of a sincere interest in a career in disciplines noted above, content of the essay, and the personal interview.


The JROMC Regional Scholarship subcommittee will interview finalists in mid-March or early April. Finalists will be asked about their interests, plans for college and careers, projects or programs in which they have been involved. 

The JROMC Regional Scholarship Award winners will be announced in April. Each successful applicant will provide a photo to the JROMC for use in press releases and will be invited to personally meet with the internationally renowned JROMC Memorial Lecture speaker.

JROMC Regional Scholarship Application Form:

Personal Information

  • Name (first, middle, last):
  • Email address (personal not school):
  • High School attending:
  • Phone number (cell/home):
  • Address (street/box number, city, state, zip):
  • Name and phone number of Parents/Guardians (and relationship to student):
  • (Optional) Parent/guardian occupation/place of work:
  • (Optional) Parent/guardian occupation/place of work:

Activities, Interests, And Experience – please provide a summary in paragraph form for each of the following topics:

  • Extracurricular activities and interests:  Please describe activities, offices, and honors associated with your school, and community efforts. Identify activities that indicate a sincere interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. If you have been involved in some scientific or technological achievement(s), please include that information as well. 
  • Work experience: Please list jobs held and length of employment. Include dates and number of hours per week that you worked.

Future Plans 

  • Describe in paragraph form your future educational plans. Include a list, in order of preference, of the institutions to which you have applied for admission.  (If accepted, please write the date of acceptance after the appropriate institution.)
  • Planned college major. 
  • Professional plans.

Academic Information

  • GPA (from mid-year transcript-please include a copy of transcript)