| Spearfish High School senior Sam Hintgen is this year's recipient of the Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship. Hintgen recently met with Dr. Charlie Lamb, professor of biology and chair of the School of Natural Sciences, and BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp.
Born and raised in Spearfish, high school senior Sam Hintgen has always loved growing up in the Black Hills. As the recipient of the Black Hills State University 2014 Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship he will continue his education in his hometown and at a University that is close to his heart.
“I love the campus and the Hills,” Hintgen said at a recent visit to BHSU. “The hands-on research I will be able to do, better access to lab equipment and professors, are some of the big appeals that drew me here.”
Hintgen, who plans to major in biology with a goal of going into the medical field, joins the elite ranks of Nelson Scholars at BHSU. He was selected based on his outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements at Spearfish High School as well as his leadership abilities, integrity and responsibility.
“We are delighted to have you at BHSU,” President Kay Schallenkamp said to Hintgen during his visit to campus. “It is always wonderful when we can keep our best and brightest here.”
The full-ride Nelson scholarship is awarded yearly at BHSU to a high school graduate who is beginning their University education.
“I’m really looking forward to the whole new experience, whole new step of coming to college, starting to work in the labs at the next higher level,” he said.
Hintgen said is honored to receive the Nelson Scholarship noting that he can now solely focus on his studies. While he is not sure what area of medicine he will go into, Hintgen has been shadowing Spearfish general surgeon Dr. Steven A. Giuseffi. “I’ve always loved science and always been interested in the medical field. I used to want to be a neurosurgeon.”
He has also thought about becoming a pediatrician. “I like working with kids,” said Hintgen who teaches swim lessons at the Spearfish Rec Center and will spend the upcoming summer as a lifeguard.
Hintgen always intended on staying in South Dakota for his undergraduate degree and had visited an East River school but really enjoyed the “good vibe” of BHSU. He said he is excited to be involved with the new additions to the science program at BHSU including the renovation of Jonas Science and the BHSU Underground Lab, both collaborations with the nearby Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead.
Hintgen has been a member of the “A” honor roll, recipient of academic letters and has been active in a variety of school and community organizations.
Aside from excelling academically, Hintgen is an outstanding athlete competing in football, cross country and track and field.
The Nelson Scholarship has rigorous requirements. The student must be majoring in biology, chemistry, physical science, environmental physical science or mathematics; be in the upper 10 percent of his/her class; earn a minimum ACT composite score of 28 or SAT of 1,260; and have completed at least three years of both mathematics and laboratory science, with a fourth year in one area, earning grades of a B or higher in each.
The other Nelson scholar currently enrolled is Cassidy Kotelman, biology major from Brookings.
For more information on the Nelson Scholarship or establishing a scholarship endowment at BHSU, contact Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement at BHSU, at 642.6385 or emailSteve.Meeker@BHSU.edu.