Funding secured for South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

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WASHINGTON - Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., announced June 23 that the National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $600,000 to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

SDSMT is partnering with tribal colleges, particularly Oglala Lakota College, to increase the number of American Indian students graduating with engineering degrees. The funds will be used to provide financial aid to Native students pursuing engineering degrees.

''The collaboration between SDSMT and tribal colleges is commendable,'' Thune said. ''The need for skilled engineers to lead job-creating projects is great among South Dakota's tribes. This program will expand the educational opportunities for tribal students.''

This funding is made possible under the Division of Undergraduate Education, part of NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources.