John T. Vucurevich Foundation Announces Grant Awards

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Grant Awards Announced for Educational Scholarships  

John T. Vucurevich Foundation Announces Grant Awards
Rapid City, SD – The Board of Directors of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation continued their founder's commitment to education by awarding $180,000 in scholarships to area schools. Black Hills State University, South Dakota State University West River Nursing Program and Western Dakota Tech were each awarded $60,000 to provide scholarships to South Dakota students in critical workforce shortage areas. The scholarships will provide $1,000 for the Spring 2008 semester and $2,000 for the 2008-2009 academic year for math and science education students at Black Hills State University, baccalaureate nursing students at South Dakota State University's West River Nursing program and students enrolled in workforce shortage areas through the core programs of General Education and Business, Construction, Health, Legal and Public Services, Mechanics and Technical at Western Dakota Tech. Additionally, First People's Fund in Rapid City was awarded $50,000 for training in Business Leadership, Marketing and Promotion as well as providing success coaches for Lakota artists. Earlier this year a scholarship award of $50,000 was made to the University of South Dakota West River School of Nursing and $300,000 was awarded to the Rapid City School District to fund an internship and apprenticeship program for three years at Central High School.

Additional grants awarded by the Foundation at their November 1st meeting include:

Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Rapid City, $75,000 to be distributed over two years for operating support.

Behavior Management Systems, Rapid City, $75,000 to provide reduced fee psychiatric services to provide access to mental health care for needy individuals in western South Dakota.

Salvation Army, Rapid City, $50,000 for rent and utility assistance for needy individuals in Rapid City.

United Way of the Black Hills, $35,000 for 2008 campaign and $10,000 for Imagination Library.

Rural America Initiatives, Rapid City, $39,674 for a mentoring program for Native American students.

Black Hills Community Food Bank, Rapid City, $30,800 for the backpack weekend food program in Rapid City area schools to provide those students on the waiting list access to the program.

Abbott House, Mitchell, $30,000 for equipment for their youth female residential treatment center.

Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Center, Rapid City, $20,000 for life safety equipment for their facility.

Black Hills Symphony, Rapid City, $11,100 for outreach programs in Rapid City.

Crisis Intervention Shelter Service, Inc., Sturgis $7,800 for equipment at their domestic and sexual violence shelter.

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, $7,638 to purchase display equipment.

Northern Hills YMCA, Lead, $5,000 for a renovation project to help their pre-school program.

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation funding priorities are in the areas of the arts, education, health and human services, housing and transportation. The Black Hills Community Needs Assessment indicated alcohol and drug use/abuse, mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, lack of drug and alcohol prevention and suicide prevention and intervention as major concerns in our area. This report, along with feedback from other forums, has encouraged the Board of Directors of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation to further understand the problem. Area non-profit substance abuse and mental health providers were invited to attend a solution-oriented focus group to discuss service gaps and how providers can work together to maximize available resources to achieve successful outcomes. The result of this focus group may assist the Board of Directors in determining the types of collaborative proposals to request to effectively produce positive results.
For further information on grant application procedures, you can call the John T. Vucurevich Foundation office at 605-343-3141 or visit our website at

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