Luke Kachelmeier. Photo by Don Taylor
LAPS FOUNDATION News:
Luke Kachelmeier of Los Alamos is the 2015 recipient of the Stoddard Scholarship for Nursing and Education.
He plans to attend the University of New Mexico this fall to pursue degrees in mathematics and education.
“My goal is to be someone that children will look up to, to see excellence and guidance, someone they will look up to and strive to be,” he said. “My experience this year, helping third grade students with reading at Aspen Elementary, along with my passion to help others, inspired me to be a teacher.”
Kachelmeier is the older brother to three sisters, Caitlyn, Madison and Abby
“They always need help with their loads of homework,” he said. “I love to help them learn their material and finish their homework.”
Kachelmeier is the son of Brian and Andrea Kachelmeier.
The Stoddard Scholarship for Nursing and Education was the result of Steve Stoddard’s work on the Board of the Caldera National Preserve, where he helped decide the future of the unique and beautiful area of northern New Mexico.
Stoddard was paid a stipend for his work and the money accumulated during his years of service.
The late Stoddard, along with his wife Barbara, recognized the need for more quality teachers and nurses and thus formed this scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding graduate of Los Alamos High School, planning to major in nursing or education at an accredited New Mexico college or university.