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Daughter of Chilean miner gets money to study at UNR
by Tribune Staff
Sep 14, 2011 | 465 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — On Monday, at Circus Circus, the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) held its monthly dinner and awarded scholarships to several students.

Scartlette Sepulveda, whose father was among the Chilean miners trapped in a collapse last year, was given a $2,000 scholarship. Sepulveda says she is going to put the money towards continuing her education at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“This is the beginning of the rest of my life and this is a way that I can begin to turn a tragedy into a life of hope again,” Sepulveda said after she accepted her scholarship. “I am so grateful for the generosity of the Northern Nevada SME. My father was always a miner and he will always keep the mining industry close to his heart.”

The Northern Nevada Chapter of the SME has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to UNR students this year. Ron Starr, the vice chairman of the chapter, says supporting Sepulveda’s education will help advocate mine safety.

“Everyone I knew in the mining industry followed the miners trapped in Chile,” he said. “I was thrilled when they were all saved and empathized greatly with the anguish and suffering the families surely endured while they waited. I believe that supporting Scarlette’s education is a good way to promote global mine safety and provide a positive impression of the mining industry to the public.”

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