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BHSU student receives prestigious Udall Scholarship

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Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp (left) and Center for Indian Studies Director John Glover (right) congratulate Bear Hand Fischer for being selected a national Udall Scholar for 2007. As a Udall Scholar, Fischer, a BHSU junior American Indian studies and sociology major, will receive a $5,000 scholarship, unique travel opportunities, and valuable experiences in his fields of study.

Black Hills State University junior Bear Hand Fischer was recently awarded a prestigious national scholarship from the Morris K. Udall Foundation. He is the first BHSU student to receive the honor.

 

Fischer, an American Indian studies and sociology major from Marty, was one of 80 students nationwide to be named a Udall Scholar for 2007. The award will include a $5,000 scholarship, unique travel opportunities, and valuable experiences in Fischer’s fields of study.

“We are extremely proud of Bear Hand’s accomplishment,” John Glover, director of the Center for American Indian Studies at BHSU, said. “This award is well deserved. He has enhanced not only his reputation, but that of BHSU.”

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education. Each year, scholarships are offered to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care. For more information see www.udall.gov.

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