Mines News

Release Date Friday, April 15, 2016

Mines Named National Merit Scholar Program Sponsor

SD Mines Selected for NMF Program for Ability to Attract Highest Achievers Nationwide

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 15, 2016) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been selected as a sponsor of the National Merit Scholar Program in recognition of the university’s ability to attract high-achieving National Merit Finalists.

Currently, three National Merit Finalists who are high school seniors have named South Dakota Mines as their first-choice university, joining the six freshmen National Merit Finalists already on campus. Since 2010, SD Mines has enrolled 19 National Merit Finalists.

“SD Mines attracts exceptional students who want to be challenged and given personal attention,” said Heather Wilson, president of SD Mines. “We are very pleased to be selected as a sponsor of the National Merit Scholar Program.”

As a National Merit Scholar, students receive $12,000 over four years through a combination of scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and SD Mines. Currently, 244 universities are sponsors of the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Each year, approximately 1.5 million high school students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) to enter the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. From the large pool of participants, some 16,000 students are designated National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the highest scorers in every state. Qualifying finalists who have a strong academic record and high school recommendation, have taken the SAT and submitted a scholarship application may receive a Merit Scholarship award, but available funding limits the number to only about 8,000 scholarship winners each year.

South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and math and is known for its exceptional academic programs and personal attention to students.



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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


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