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UAS announces Hecla Greens Creek enviro. sci. scholarship

Posted: January 13, 2013 - 1:08am

Hecla Greens Creek has established a new scholarship program at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Starting in the coming academic year, the UAS Hecla Greens Creek Environmental Science Scholarship fund will award two $1,500 scholarships annually to qualified students enrolled in the environmental science degree program with junior or senior class standing.

“This scholarship program is another example of Hecla Greens Creek’s commitment to environmental stewardship as part of their overall philosophy of responsible mining,” UAS Chancellor John Pugh said, according to a statement released by the university. “The scholarship program will help promising environmental science students complete their degrees, enabling them to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow who will work to develop our natural resources in a sustainable way.”

Hecla Greens Creek spokesman Mike Satre said the Hecla Mining Co., which operates the Greens Creek mine on Admiralty Island and employs approximately 400 workers, has been working to support programs related to the mining industry throughout the University of Alaska system. He said Hecla Greens Creek wanted to recognize the UAS environmental science program as well.

“We want to make sure that we have scholarship opportunities for people who are entering that field here locally, and (are) looking to support that program,” Satre said Friday.

Satre added, “We really try to cover the gamut of workforce education.”

Hecla Mining Co. was established in 1891 in northern Idaho’s Silver Valley and is today the largest silver producer in the United States. It is based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Students interested in receiving the Hecla Greens Creek Environmental Science Scholarship can apply using the standard UAS scholarship application available through UA Online.

Feb. 15 is the deadline for applications to be submitted.

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