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( December 4, 1997)
SDSM& T SKILL PROGRAM RECEIVES SOUTH DAKOTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT
SDSM& T’s Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning & Leadership ( SKILL) program recently received a $ 6,672 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. The grant will be utilized to support SKILL’s NASA Honors Program, an important part of SKILL’s innovative efforts to encourage American Indian students to pursue math, science and engineering careers. Tech’s 1997 freshman class includes eight American Indian students who participated in the NASA Honors Program.
South Dakota Community Foundation Executive Director Bernie Christenson and Foundation Directors Chuck Lien, Bob Helmer, Luke Yellow Robe, and Art Zimiga recently visited the Tech campus to present SKILL Director Phillip Huebner with a check for the grant. Foundation officials also had an opportunity to visit with Justine “ J. R.” High Elk of Dupree. She is a freshman civil engineering major at Tech and a graduate of SKILL’s NASA Honors Program.
In 1993 SKILL began hosting the four- year NASA Honors Program, which includes a four- week summer residential program that focuses on NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth and college prep courses. American Indian girls have comprised 70% of the students entering SKILL’s NASA Honors Program. Earlier this fall SDSM& T’s SKILL program received the 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring Programs.
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