John T. Vucurevich Foundation Announces John T. Vucurevich Presidential Scholar Program

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The John T. Vucurevich Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship program for the 2008-09 school year, titled The John T. Vucurevich Presidential Scholar.

"The John T. Vucurevich Presidential Scholar program will provide $50,000 to reward eight of South Dakota's brightest and best students, entering their junior year, who also have a financial need. Presidents from each of the four universities chosen for this program will determine the criteria for student applicants," said Dale Clement, Foundation President.

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation is committed to funding education in South Dakota. During his lifetime, founder John T. Vucurevich, personally funded endowments for scholarship programs at several higher education institutions. The Foundation has continued this commitment by funding scholarships at South Dakota institutions who offer programs in critical workforce shortage areas such as nursing, math and science education, engineering and vocational education. The addition of this new tier of scholarships will enhance current John T. Vucurevich scholarship programs allowing students the opportunity to be recognized for their excellence in education without regard to their chosen vocation.

Black Hills State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota have been selected to receive funding for these awards.

"The School of Mines is honored to be included in the John Vucurevich Presidential Scholar Program. Being selected a Vucurevich Scholar is both a singular honor and a significant opportunity for the recipient to complete their undergraduate degree," says Dr. Charles Ruch, President of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

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