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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 1999
SDSM& T GRADUATE ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP FUND WITH CORVETTE RAFFLE
Dean and Marlene Oliva, former Huron High School classmates, have established an athletic scholarship fund at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T). Dean, a 1956 graduate of SDSM& T, and his wife have donated a 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe to be raffled off at the SDSM& T All School Reunion in July, 2000. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the recently established scholarship fund.
The Oliva Athletic Scholarship was established in order to provide one athletic scholarship annually for a student from Huron or Tyndall, South Dakota. The recipient would preferably be a multi- sport athlete in basketball, football, and track and field. The fund is being established in recognition of the impact SDSM& T had on the Olivas’ lives and the lives of Dean’s three brothers, Don ( EE ’ 51), Ralph ( GE ’ 51), and Tom ( EX ’ 58).
The scholarship is dedicated to Dean’s father, Mike R. Oliva, a high school athlete from Tyndall, in recognition of his athletic accomplishments as well as his belief in growth and advancement through hard work and commitment to both athletic and educational opportunities.
“ I see the Oliva Athletic Scholarship as a way to remember my father, Mike Oliva, who himself was a star athlete,” said Dean. “ The scholarship will assist great young athletes and give back to the institution that gave me the opportunity to succeed academically and athletically.”
Dean and Marlene are now retired and living in Granada Hills, California. After receiving his Masters of Engineering Degree in Engineering Management from UCLA, Dean spent 35 years with Lockheed Aircraft. He retired in January 1990 as Chief Engineer of Engineering Research and Test and Plant Manager of the Lockheed Kelly Johnson Research and Development Center.
The 1963 Corvette to be raffled off is a 326 cc/ 250 HP four- speed, ermine white with black interior. It has power windows and is in excellent condition. A drawing for the Corvette will be held on July 7, 2000, during the SDSM& T All School Alumni Reunion. Tickets are currently on sale through the SDSM& T Foundation Office for $ 100. Ticket sales will continue until 600 tickets have been purchased or until July 2000. The raffle winner has the choice of taking the Corvette or an alternate prize of $ 18,000 cash. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund the Dean and Marlene Oliva Athletic Scholarship Endowment.
Raffle tickets may be purchased by telephoning the Foundation Office at ( 605) 394- 2436 or ( 800) 211- 7591.
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