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USD Foundation Receives John T. Vucurevich Foundation Grant

Old Main on the University of South Dakota campus The USD Foundation received a $120,000 grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation to benefit the USD Rapid City Nursing Program.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The John T. Vucurevich Foundation board of directors has approved a grant that will award $120,000 to the University of South Dakota Foundation. The grant will benefit the USD Rapid City Nursing Program, with $60,000 to be awarded during both the 2020-2021 school year and 2021-2022 school year to enrolled nursing students. Each scholarship awarded will be between $1,000 and $2,000 per semester.

The USD Rapid City Nursing Program contributes to the mission of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation by supporting and giving back to the community through working with the Department of Health and Monument Health. Together, they strive to promote healthy citizens and a healthy workforce by administering flu vaccines and providing primary prevention teaching and health interventions to vulnerable populations that experience poverty.

The Rapid City Student Nurses Association does a variety of community service projects – this year they made over 100 ostomy covers to give to residents. Over 86% of the graduates of the USD Rapid City Nursing Program remain employed in the Rapid City area.

John Vucurevich established the John T. Vucurevich Foundation in 1986. He grew up in Lead, South Dakota, after immigrating from Yugoslavia as a child. Vucurevich worked in the banking industry for over 50 years and owned banks in South Dakota and the surrounding states. Vucurevich passed away in 2005, but his legacy of generosity lives on.

The USD School of Health Sciences builds exceptional health professionals through interprofessional education. Nursing is just one of several programs offered to prepare students for the field of health care.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News