Unimin Corporation continues to invest approximately $50,000 annually in UW-Eau Claire’s Responsible Mining Initiative. For the fourth year, Unimin has committed resources to fund one paid summer internship, seven $1,000 scholarships for first-year geology students, four $2,500 scholarships for sophomore geology students, $10,000 for intern scholarships, and $10,000 in grants to be distributed to UW-Eau Claire geology field camp II students.

Unimin’s interns gain valuable work experience and apply knowledge from the classroom. Such experiences can give students an advantage when searching for jobs after they graduate. This year’s intern has been placed at Unimin’s Tunnel City, WI, mining operation. In addition, Unimin has benefited from the skills of highly motivated young people who might work for Unimin in the future. This spring former Unimin intern Andrew Faris (’17) was hired full time by Unimin within a week of his graduation. He was greeted at the Geology banquet by Unimin’s Kris Benusa (UWEC ‘12).

“The scholarships have reduced student dependence on loans and helps in the recruitment of freshman,” said Kent Syverson, Professor of Geology. “The quality of our incoming freshman class is extremely high, and Unimin’s commitment to the Responsible Mining Initiative has contributed in a positive way. It will be exciting to see this class become involved in collaborative research and internships.”