Small town receives $1 million

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One of the most rewarding aspects of my job with the South Dakota Community Foundation is the opportunity to work with generous individuals and families who want to impact the lives of South Dakotans.

Dr. Keith Nolop died at the age of 63 from head injuries sustained from a bicycle accident near his home in Los Angeles, CA. Born in Minneapolis, MN in 1953, Dr. Nolop moved with his family to Mobridge in 1960. Graduating from Mobridge High School in 1971, Dr. Nolop earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of South Dakota and Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University Medical School.

Dr. Nolop had a distinguished medical career – he enjoyed medical research and drug development, specializing in asthma, allergies and cancer products. Other medical accomplishments of Dr. Nolop’s included serving as chief medical officer for 12 years at a major pharmaceutical company and also working for three successful biotechnology companies during his career.

Because of Dr. Nolop’s care for the Mobridge area, the community of Mobridge has received a generous gift of $1 million from his estate. Four Mobridge area organizations and the Tiger Educational Foundation were the beneficiaries of Keith’s generosity.

The Tiger Educational Foundation partnered with the South Dakota Community Foundation and established two funds honoring Dr. Nolop’s commitment to education and activities in Mobridge. The Keith Nolop STEM Scholarship Fund will provide ongoing support to graduates and alumni of Mobridge pursuing higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Nolop Activities Fund will provide financial support to the Tiger Education Foundation. The Tiger Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides senior scholarships and undergraduate grants to Mobridge-Pollock students. The Foundation also promotes excellence in education with monies for purchasing special school equipment.

With the establishment of these two funds, ongoing support will be given in recognition of Mobridge students’ dedication and commitment to education.

Kelly Nelson, Program Accountant, SDCF

Portions of this article courtesy of Mobridge Tribune