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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 1999
SDSM& T RECEIVES ADDITIONAL $ 100,000 GIFT FROM JOHN VUCUREVICH
The SDSM& T Foundation has announced the receipt of an additional $ 100,000 personal gift from John T. Vucurevich. This recent donation is in addition to contributions given to the school since 1993 to establish and fund an endowed scholarship program, the John T. Vucurevich Scholarship. Vucurevich’s most recent donation, earmarked for his scholarship endowment, continues Vucurevich’s philosophy of “ helping others by giving.”
The scholarship endowment that Vucurevich established in 1993 provides academic scholarships to junior and senior students enrolled at SDSM& T with first priority given to those from the Black Hills area. Twenty- five area students will receive the John T. Vucurevich Scholarship this year, and the SDSM& T Foundation projects that at least five additional students will receive the scholarship next year thanks to this recent contribution.
In addition, his personal Foundation also issued SDSM& T a challenge grant of $ 100,000 in which the Foundation pledged to donate $ 100,000 payable $ 1 for every $ 3 in new donor dollars raised by SDSM& T. This challenge grant generated new contributions totaling over $ 300,000 from 1,500 donors to SDSM& T. “ This gift further demonstrates John’s commitment to helping others,” stated Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President.
“ John Vucurevich and the Vucurevich Foundation’s gifts will benefit our students and our region forever,” said Dr. Howard Peterson, Chair of the Foundation Board, “ What a wonderful legacy.���
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