George And Joan Bjarke Honored By Scholarship Granted To Three LAHS Students

From left, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Liam Johnson, Jaime Justice and Gary Bjarke (not pictured, April Lopez). Courtesy/Jessica Booton Photography



A scholarship honoring long time Los Alamos residents George and Joan Bjarke was awarded May 30 to graduating Los Alamos High School seniors Liam Johnson, Jaime Justice and April Lopez. In his or her application, each student demonstrated good citizenship and the ability to successfully complete his or her selected degree or program.

George and Joan Bjarke moved to Los Alamos in 1954 and raised six children, all of whom graduated from LAHS. George worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and served several terms on the Los Alamos School Board. He and Joan both believed every child deserves a chance to further their education. The scholarship was presented by their children, Gary Bjarke and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie.

Liam Johnson is the son of Michael and Carrie Johnson. He will attend the University of Northern Colorado where he plans to major in health and exercise science.

Jaime Justice is the daughter of Amy Justice. She plans to attend the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and study environmental science.

April Lopez is the daughter of Teresa Lopez. She will attend the University of New Mexico in the fall, where she plans to major in chemistry.

The George and Joan Bjarke Scholarship is administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, an independent organization that supports, challenges and invests in a successful future for all students in the Los Alamos Public Schools. Learn more at

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