The John T. Vucurevich Foundation was founded and fully funded by John Vucurevich in 1989 with the mission “to make a piece of the world a brighter place.” Mr. Vucurevich immigrated to the United States at the age of 8 and grew up in Lead, South Dakota. John was a successful banker and businessman for over 50 years. He also felt that community service was very important and was an active supporter of higher education. He demonstrated a deep-seated concern for the future leadership of the country and was interested in promoting young men and women as future leaders.
Since its inception, the Vucurevich Foundation has awarded grants to charitable organizations committed to helping the poor, distressed, under privileged, the advancement of the arts, religion, education & science, and promotion of social welfare within South Dakota with preference given to the West River area and in particular the Black Hills Region
The Vucurevich Foundation has been very supportive of health care initiatives. In 2007, the Vucurevich Foundation established the Vucurevich Scholars program supporting students who attend the SDSU West River Nursing program. This year, we received additional monies to support West River graduate students. The foundation has given more than $300,000 to support scholarships for West River students.