Community, Alums Raise $200K+ To Help SD Mines Students Posted by John Axtell Date: April 22, 2020 3 Views RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City community members and alumni have raised more than $200,000 to help financially-strapped students at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The South Dakota Mines Foundation makes the money available for students to use for travel, temporary relocation, living expenses, and anything else they need while they’re studying off campus. Mines President Jim Rankin says students get a form and fill it out showing what their financial needs are. A team reviews each application and determines how much money to give each student, with the school then going through financial aid to get the funds to the students. The school foundation also reviews each case individually to ensure the students get their money as quickly as possible.