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Release Date Wednesday, April 15, 2020

South Dakota Mines Student Emergency Fund Tops $200,000 Thanks to Student Senate Donation

The Student Senate at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology voted unanimously to donate $50,000 to the Student Emergency Fund to help fellow students in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This gift follows a generous $150,000 in donations from alumni and friends of South Dakota Mines, faculty and staff and even students.

The Student Senate gift comes from the general activity fee reserve fund. This fund is used to fund several student services, including the Surbeck Center, health services, clubs and organizations and other activities.

“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Mines community and the Student Senate,” says Mines President Jim Rankin. “Our country needs each of our students to finish their degrees. These donations ensure the next generation of scientists and engineers will graduate to help society tackle the kind of challenges we are facing now.” 

The Student Emergency Fund was created by the South Dakota Mines Foundation to help students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students are facing unforeseen financial, physical and emotional hardships. 

The Student Emergency Fund will provide immediate assistance to students impacted by COVID-19, covering such things as: 

  • Travel and temporary relocation assistance  
  • Living expenses 
  • Amenities such as internet for taking online classes 
  • Income from lost wages 
  • Support for emotional, physical and mental well-being 

The university’s Office of the President is working with students to administer these funds through a brief application and review process. In the last week, the Office of the President has been flooded with over 192 requests. 

As of April 14, the requests totaled more than $190,000 and continues to grow. Those who wish to contribute can do so here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/studentfund


Update:  South Dakota Mines is also receiving $750,000 in CARES Act funding that is earmarked for qualified 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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Bryan Konechne, 605-484-1117, Bryan.Konechne@sdsmt.edu