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John T. Boyd Challenge  



Since its establishment in 1991, the SME Foundation has substantially benefited from the support of John T. Boyd, and it is in his honor that the John T. Boyd Challenge was established by the Foundation's Board of Trustees. This distinction was created to recognize donors (individuals, companies, SME Divisions, or any other entity) who have contributed to the Foundation (in a single sum or cumulatively) gifts of $10,000 or more individually, or $50,000 from an organization.

Over the years the Foundation has gradually increased its corpus to the point where it now supports the SME Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Professional Engineers Exam Program (PE), MMSA/SMEF Presidential Scholarship Fund, the Rong Yu Wan Scholarship, the George V. Weisdack Memorial Scholarship, the J.H. Fletcher Scholarship and ABET, Inc.

The generosity of our SME members and the minerals industry has been gratifying and we sincerely appreciate all their support. It is absolutely essential to our success. And there are some members and corporations whose generosity has been exemplary in supporting their professional society and the industry. For such philanthropy, we bestow the distinction of meeting the "John T. Boyd Challenge."

Challenge Contributors
The following people or companies have met the John T. Boyd Challenge and their names are prominently displayed on a plaque in SME Headquarters. Each year new contributors are recognized in Mining Engineering and honored at a special ceremony at the SME Annual Meeting. We sincerely thank them for selecting the SME Foundation as one of their causes to champion.


2011 Contributors
Stanley Dempsey Drew Meyer Randall Weeks
David K. Fagin Ross R. Bhappu George R. Ireland
Harry M. Conger Marc Le Vier Thomas Patton
John N. Murphy Tim & Mary Haddon Stuart Sanderson & The Colorado Mining Association
2010 Contributors
CONSOL Energy David M. Boyd Rosebud Mining
Robert Schafer Bill A. Hancock Dr. Thomas J. O'Neil
2009 Contributors
AngloGold Ashanti North America National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Rocks Build America Foundation
Chaney Foundation Ltd. Vulcan Materials Company Dolese Bros Co.
Nelson Severinghaus, Jr. Resource Capital Funds Chevron Mining Inc.
Barrick North America Donald B. Achttien William H. Wilkinson
CATERPILLAR Newmont Mining Paul A. Bailly
2008 Contributors
Wayne Dowdey West Ridge Resources, Inc. Genwal Resources, Inc.
2007 Contributors
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Mining & Metallurgical Society of America George Weisdack John T. Boyd II
2005 Contributors
Thomas V. Falkie Raja Ramani Peabody Energy Nikhil Trivedi
SME Coal & Energy Division The John T. Boyd Family The Syd S. Peng Family SME Mining & Exploration Division



If you would like to establish yourself as an SME Foundation contributor who has met the John T. Boyd Challenge, please contact AnnMarie Estrada at SME Headquarters for details or click below to make a Foundation contribution.





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