|A Note of Farewell from Mike
For the past 11 years, I have had the tremendous privilege of developing and leading the New Mexico Simon Scholars Program. As many of you know, I have accepted a position with the LANL Foundation, where I will have the opportunity to continue serving the youth of New Mexico in my role as Scholarship Program Manager.
Upon reflection of my time with the Simon Scholars Program, I am most grateful for the relationships that I have developed with our scholars and my dedicated colleagues. I am also moved by the love and appreciation our Scholars have for one another; Simon Scholars is truly a family that supports, encourages, inspires, and lifts each another up. Witnessing so many of our Scholars set lofty goals and persevere through life’s ups and downs is deeply inspiring. I know in my heart that I am a better human for having been a part of this community.
I would like to personally thank the Simon family for their ongoing support of this program. Their generosity has improved the lives of hundreds of Simon Scholars and their families and made a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which our scholars will live and serve for generations to come. I am confident that the Simon Scholars family will continue to thrive, and I look forward to following the trajectories of our scholars as their lives unfold. In parting, I would like to share a few words of wisdom that I hope you will all carry with you:
Be kind to everyone. Follow your passion. Lead with your heart. Do things that scare you. Strive for a life that is meaningful. Never forget where you come from. And never stop asking yourself what kind of person you want to become.
With much love and gratitude,