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John T. Vucurevich Scholars named at Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University math and science education students who received scholarships from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation were honored at a reception recently. Those in attendance include: left to right, Carmen Hansen, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Program Officer; Dale Clement, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Board President; Loreena Haynes, freshman from Martin; Ashton Keck, freshman from Custer; Paul Phelan, John T. Vucurevich Foundation CFO; Mariah Asheim, freshman from Hill City; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU; Carly Schmidt, freshman from Spearfish; Sandy Diegel, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Executive Director; Steve Flanery, Local Manager of Butler Machinery; and Renee Parker, Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills.
Black Hills State University math and science education students, Joshua Harris, sophomore from Sturgis, and Grace Hoffman, junior from Gary, were recently honored as John T. Vucurevich Presidential Scholars. Pictured left to right, Carmen Hansen, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Program Officer; Dale Clement, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Board President; Harris, Paul Phelan, John T. Vucurevich Foundation CFO; Hoffman; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU; Sandy Diegel, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Executive Director; Steve Flanery, Local Manager of Butler Machinery; and Renee Parker, Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills.
Black Hills State University math and science education students who received scholarships from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation were honored at a reception recently. Those in attendance include: back row, left to right, Dale Clement, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Board President; Paul Phelan, John T. Vucurevich Foundation CFO; Chad Hofkamp, freshman from Rapid City; Thomas Tieszen, senior from Spearfish; Alex Cameron, sophomore from White River; Joshua Kirchner, senior from Lennox; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU; and Renee Parker, Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills. Front row, left to right, Carmen Hansen, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Program Officer; Cheyann Kessler, freshman from Sisseton; Renee Bolie, senior from Colome; Hayley Handcock, junior from Onida; and Sandy Diegel, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Executive Director.
 Black Hills State University math and science education students who received scholarships from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation were honored at a reception recently. Those in attendance include: back row, left to right, Dale Clement, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Board President; Paul Phelan, John T. Vucurevich Foundation CFO; Trisha DeVries, sophomore from Kadoka; Michelle Barman, junior from Frankfort; Candace Patmore, sophomore from Colome; Elizabeth Strong, junior from Rapid City; Nicholas Olson, sophomore from Spearfish; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU; and Renee Parker, Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills. Front row, left to right, Carmen Hansen, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Program Officer; Paul Phelan, John T. Vucurevich Foundation CFO; Taylor Shoemaker, sophomore from Faith; Mandi Decker, sophomore from Frankfort; Hayle Handcock, junior from Onida; and Sandy Diegel, John T. Vucurevich Foundation Executive Director.

Black Hills State University students who received scholarships from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation were honored at a reception recently.

Joshua Harris, sophomore biology major from Sturgis, and Grace Hoffman, junior elementary education major from Gary, were honored as John T. Vucurevich Presidential Scholars. These recipients are nominated by the faculty and staff and are among the best and brightest students at BHSU entering their junior year. They each received a scholarship of $6,250.

Those receiving a John T. Vucurevich Math, Science, and Special Education Scholarship include: Mariah Asheim, freshman from Hill City; Michelle Barman, junior from Frankfort; Renee Bolie, senior from Colome; Berlynn Browning, freshman from Belle Fourche; Alex Cameron, sophomore from White River; Mandi Decker, sophomore from Frankfort; Trisha DeVries, sophomore from Kadoka; Hayley Handcock, junior from Onida; Loreena Haynes, freshman from Martin; Chad Hofkamp, freshman from Rapid City; Tyler Jensen, freshman from Whitewood; Ashton Keck, freshman from Custer; Cheyann Kessler, freshman from Sisseton; Joshua Kirchner, senior from Lennox; Nicholas Olson, sophomore from Spearfish; Candace Patmore, sophomore from Colome; Carly Schmidt, freshman from Spearfish; Taylor Shoemaker, sophomore from Faith; Elizabeth Strong, junior from Rapid City; and Thomas Tieszen, senior from Spearfish. Recipients received $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees.

These scholarships were made possible thanks to the generosity of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. The late philanthropist grew up in Lead, where he learned the value of hard work, telling the truth, the need for keeping sound spiritual values, and the importance of helping those persons less fortunate. He felt that community service was very important and served in both the South Dakota House of Representatives and Senate, and was also an active supporter of higher education. He was a successful banker, and his success allowed him to create the John T. Vucurevich Foundation to carry out his goal “to make a piece of the world a brighter place.”
 

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