By Joe Haskell

In the summer of 2017, a group of mining professionals working in Eastern Nevada started a new Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (ENSME).

The new “Eastern Nevada SME chapter” meets in Ely on the second Wednesday of every month (except December).  The focus of ENSME chapter is to provide scholarships to students, and networking opportunities and professional development services to mining professionals in White Pine, Eureka, Nye and Lincoln Counties.

As part of ENSME charter and focus the membership is offering scholarships for mining oriented post-secondary (after high school) education including vocational, trade schools, and college.

The scholarships are open to all local residents in White Pine, Nye, Lincoln, and Eureka counties and to their immediate family members.  Scholarships are also available for students who have already started their post-secondary education.

The Scholarships are for $1,000.00 per year and will be paid directly to the school that the student attends.

The scholarship funds will be awarded in $500.00 per semester increments.

For information on the ENSME Scholarship and an application, see your high school guidance counselor.

For post-secondary students that are already attending a college, university or vocational school, please contact ENSME – Scholarship Committee at for a scholarship application.

(Joe Haskell is a Senior Geologist with KGHM at Robinson Nevada Mining Company’s Robinson Mine.  Derrick Baloo and Kevin Brown also contributed to this article.)