Native Student Selected for Prestigious National Scholarship

Junior industrial engineering and engineering management student Vaughn Vargas from Rapid City, South Dakota has been awarded the $5,000 Udall Scholarship, one of five prestigious, national programs established by the U.S. Congress—the Harry S. Truman and Barry Goldwater scholarships among them.

After graduation, Vargas hopes to help lower the poverty rate on the Pine Ridge Reservation as a consultant for businesses and governmental entities looking to expand operations to tribal land. “To help protect and further the interest of trial residents, I would also like to conduct government-to-government mediation concerning major environmental threats and policies, as well as economic development.”

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