Mines News

Release Date Friday, July 15, 2016

Mines Welcomes Large Class of Dakota Corps Scholars

New freshmen from the fall 2015 semester gather at Memorial Arch in the Quad for Welcome Week activities.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 15, 2016) – Forty percent of the state’s prestigious Dakota Corps Scholarship recipients will enroll at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology this fall.

Of the 40 recipients of the full-tuition scholarships to colleges within the state, 16 are incoming freshmen at South Dakota Mines, with intended majors of computer science and chemical, electrical, civil, industrial and mechanical engineering to help fill critical-need occupations in the state.

The recent South Dakota high school graduates will receive scholarships equal to the cost of college tuition and fees, with the stipulation they work in the state, serving the same number of years plus an additional year that the scholarship was awarded.

“The Dakota Corps Scholarships are very competitive and very generous. We are looking forward to welcoming these top-caliber students to Mines and are also pleased that they will be staying in South Dakota after graduation,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson.

Announced by the governor’s office, scholarships are supported entirely by private donations.

“These students are giving back to our state with the important work they perform in critical-need occupations,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Dakota Corps ensures these students are educated in South Dakota, remaining here to provide important services and support for fellow South Dakotans. We are grateful to the private businesses and non-profit organizations that recognized the importance of providing these students with scholarships.”

Current occupations that qualify for Dakota Corps Scholarship support include teaching K-12 special education; teaching K-12 foreign languages; teaching high school math, science, or career and technical education; working as an accountant or auditor; working as an engineer (all fields except mining); working as a registered nurse; or working in the information technology field (computer science, information assurance and information security).

Incoming SD Mines freshmen announced as new Dakota Corps Scholarship recipients:

  • Jeremy Dalldorf, Milbank, Milbank High School
  • Stephen Diede, Aberdeen, Central High School
  • Caleb Furse, Custer, Custer High School
  • Samuel Gusso, Yankton, Yankton High School
  • Kayla Huber, Spearfish, Spearfish High School
  • Cody Kronaizl, Vermillion, Vermillion High School
  • Emelia Nelson, Mina, Central High School
  • Justin Nielson, Brookings, Brookings High School
  • Taylor O’Brien, Rapid City, Central High School
  • Hunter O’Connor, Sioux Falls, Washington High School
  • Emily Parks, Mitchell, Mitchell High School
  • Juel Pluimer, Spearfish, Spearfish High School
  • Michael Rogers, Aberdeen, Warner High School
  • Helen Squyer, Sioux Falls, Lincoln High School
  • Bryan Waugh, Spearfish, Spearfish High School
  • Connor Weber, Aberdeen, Central High School

The South Dakota Board of Regents administers the Dakota Corps Scholarship program. For more information about this program, contact the board office at (800) 874-9033 or send an e-mail to DakotaCorps@sdbor.edu.


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: Fran LeFort, (605) 394-6082, Fran.LeFort@sdsmt.edu

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