Mines News

Release Date Thursday, March 8, 2018

Benjamin Authier Memorial Scholarship Established

RAPID CITY, SD (March 9, 2018) –  The Benjamin Authier Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Benjamin Authier, a senior chemical engineering student at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Authier passed away on August 7, 2017, in a scuba diving accident in the Black Hills.

Authier was a well-loved member of the SD Mines community who is greatly missed by all who knew him. A proud member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, Authier participated in several community service projects. He played bass clarinet in the Hardrocker band and was the president of the SD Mines Fermentation Club. He enjoyed brewing beer and distilling “moonshine” along with hunting, fishing, scuba diving, gardening and weight lifting. Family and friends remember him as a rare combination of intelligence, athleticism and ambition. His indomitable and generous spirit always looked for the best in life, bringing joy to those around him. 

Growing up on a farm near Vivian fostered Authier’s inquisitive and inventive nature. He was an entrepreneur from an early age, selling rocks to pheasant hunters who came by “his place,” the Medicine Creek Pheasant Ranch. Taking risks and solving problems came naturally, and he was fascinated by the world around him. His time at Mines was challenging but rewarding, and he loved his professors, fellow students and fraternity brothers. 

This scholarship honors Ben’s love of learning. His family, friends and donors hope it provides an opportunity for future young men and women from the heart of South Dakota to pursue their passion for engineering at SD Mines. Authier’s family and friends believe he would be happy knowing they are giving back to his beloved Mines. The first scholarship will be awarded in the upcoming school year to a SD Mines undergraduate student who attended high school in South Dakota, with first preference to students from Lyman County or Jones County. Memorial gifts can be sent to SDSM&T Foundation, 306 E St. Joseph St, Ste 200, Rapid City, SD, 57701.

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554 , Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu