Nancy Heine receives scholarship from SDSU Nancy Heine, Vermillion, has been named a recipient of the Joseph Nelson Scholarship for the 2000-2001 school year at South Dakota State University, Brookings.
Heine will be a freshman biology major at SDSU this fall. The daughter of Bud and Doris Heine of Vermillion, she will be a spring graduate of Vermillion High School. During high school Heine was active in National Honor Society, basketball, volleyball, band, student council, Natural Helpers, 4-H and Catholic Youth Organization.
This scholarship is funded by a bequest from Dr. Joseph F. Nelson, who died in 1995, in Rapid City. Nelson earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1927 from Black Hills Teachers College, then taught high school and served as superintendent of schools at Faith. He earned his master's degree in chemistry from The University of South Dakota in 1933 and his doctorate in organic chemistry from Iowa State University in 1937.
Nelson had a distinguished career as an industrial chemist and research scientist, mostly with the Exxon Corporation. He was the inventor and holder of 81 patents on rubber, detergents and chemicals made from petroleum. This scholarship program is a result of his desire to give back for his own education and to encourage scientific capabilities among young people in his native state.
The Joseph Nelson Endowment supports three separate programs of assistance to talented students in the sciences at SDSU.