Sandia National Laboratories recognizes high school students annually at the awards banquet.
The Thunderbird Awards reward young people who, through hard work and determination, overcome great personal difficulties to achieve their goals. Their achievements earn them roles as leaders and role models to other at-risk teenagers, as well as $1,500. The awards were created by Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin in 1994 and are conducted by Community Involvement, since their inception.
- Overcame major obstacles or adversity
- Serves as a positive role model
- Graduates in May 2014
- Plans to pursue post-secondary education
- 13 Albuquerque highschools: Albuquerque, Cibola, Artrisco Heritage Academy, Del Norte, Eldorado, Highland, La Cueva, Manzano, Rio Grande, Sandia, Valley, Volcano Vista, West Mesa.
- 6 alternative schools: Career Enrichment Center and Early College Academy, ECADEMY, Freedom High School, New Futures School, Nex+Gen Academy, School on Wheels.
- 10 regional high schools: Belen, Bernalillo, Century, Cleveland, Independence, Infinity High School, Los Lunas, Moriarty, Rio Rancho, Valencia.