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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( April 1, 1999)
LOCAL STUDENT RECEIVES HONORS AT SDSM& T HONORS CONVOCATION
Deborah Morgan of Black Hawk received a $ 5,000 Richardson Scholarship at the 48th Annual Honors Convocation held March 30 at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Morgan is a freshman, Chemistry major at SDSM& T.
The Richardson Scholarship program was implemented with a gift from Frank and Marilyn Richardson. Under the terms of the program, the most outstanding sophomore, junior and senior from the College of Earth Systems, the College of Materials Science and the College of Systems Engineering will be selected annually. The nine recipients will be chosen based on grade point average and other achievements. As Richardson Scholars, the recipients become some of the most honored students and receive a certificate and cash award of $ 5,000.
Frank Richardson, a Wood, SD native, graduated from SDSM& T in 1955 with a degree in Geological Engineering. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two children, Stacey and Scott. Richardson worked for Shell Oil Company for more than thirty years, retiring as the company’s President and CEO.
Since Richardson’s retirement from Shell, Frank and Marilyn reside in Houston, TX and remain active volunteers within the community. The two also remain active with SDSM& T, currently serving as National Co- Chairs in the institution’s first- ever capital campaign. “ The Mines provided me a fundamentally sound education that served me well througout my professional career,” said Richardson. “ Marilyn and I think it only fitting to provide future generations assistance in pursuing their educational goals at Mines,” he added.
“ Frank and Marilyn Richardson have demonstrated their support and commitment to this institution, this state and our nation many times over,” stated Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. “ This latest gift provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the student excellence that exists on our campus. The establishment of the Richardson Outstanding Scholars Program will forever link the incredible success story of a young man from South Dakota rising to the position of CEO of one of the world’s largest companies due in part to the education received at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. It is wonderful to see alumni like Frank personally commit to insure that future generations are provided the same opportunities.”
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