Mines News

Release Date Monday, May 9, 2016

Mazzucco Earns $50,000 Rotary Global Grant for Study of Water, Sanitation

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 9, 2016) – Mark Mazzucco, a metallurgical engineering major who graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on Saturday, has been named the Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholar, earning a $50,000 scholarship to study water and sanitation issues at the University of Leeds, England.

A Mesa, Ariz., native, Mazzucco was selected by the Rotary Club in Beaumont, Texas, which he became involved with during his internship at ExxonMobil last summer and fall. As a reliability engineer intern at ExxonMobil, Mazzucco worked closely with environmental engineers to ensure projects considered environmental standards, including land reclamation and water and safety zones, noting when ExxonMobil goes into a new area for exploration purposes, the land must be left in the same if not better conditions.

Mazzucco, who played basketball at the School of Mines and who has mentored special needs youth and tutored at an elementary school, previously earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University as a psychology major. While at Mines, he received the 2015 Academic Internship Student Achievement Award by the Cooperative Education & Internship Association, a first for the university, and was named by Intel as Intern of the Week.

“I plan to pursue a graduate degree in materials science and environmental engineering. I have been extremely fortunate to learn from two completely different universities for my first two degrees and have learned that every university offers its unique experience. Had it not been for SD Mines I don’t think I ever would have found my true passion in engineering,” said Mazzucco.

Before leaving for the United Kingdom, Mazzucco will work at ExxonMobil for a summer internship. He has received a full-time offer of employment following his studies overseas.

“Mark is an exceptional student, athlete and leader. We are very pleased that he has earned this award and will have the opportunity to further his education at the University of Leeds,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson.

Rotary global grant scholarships fund graduate-level coursework or research in one of six areas of focus: disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, peace and conflict prevention/resolution, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. Selection by local Rotary districts is based primarily on these criteria:

  • Excellent leadership skills and potential
  • A proven record of success in his or her academic field or vocation
  • A commitment to community service
  • Well-defined and realistic goals
  • Concrete ideas for advancing within his or her chosen field


About SD Mines  

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: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, Danielle.Mason@sdsmt.edu