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For Immediate Release 24 April 2001

Wilmot High School Senior Wins Bjugstad Scholarship

PIERRE--Luke Cordell, a senior at Wilmot High School, has been awarded a $500 Bjudstad Scholarship for the 2001-02 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The Ardell Bjugstad Scholarship Program for Native American Students was established by the family of Ardell Bjugstad of Rapid City, South Dakota. Bjugstad, who died in 1990 served as a range scientist with the U.S. Forest Service for 20 years, and held adjunct professorships at South Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Oglala Lakota College. He was a strong advocate for young Native Americans working to educate themselves, and he worked closely with Oglala Lakota College in mentoring Native American Students through the U.S. Forest Service.

In order to qualify for the Ardell Bjugstad scholarship a student must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe with reservations in North and South Dakota, attend a postsecondary institution and pursue studies leading to a degree in agribusiness, agricultural production, agricultural sciences or natural resources.




Luke Cordell

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