Although born a U.S. citizen, Mr. Ivanhoe
was raised in Brazil and attended
schools in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to the United States during
Depression and worked his way through school at the South Dakota School
of Mines. His first job as a mining engineer was in the remote
Ecuador, followed by jobs in Venezuela. In 1948 he returned to the US to study petroleum geology at Stanford. His understanding of foreign cultures and multiple languages lead to his position as an international expert in petroleum exploration.
Having been a foreign "starving student" he understood the
foreign students can have when under financial stress and far from
Wanting to duplicate the kindness shown to him during his time SDSM+T,
Mr. Ivanhoe set up the Ivanhoe Foundation to provide financial aid to selected foreign students studying in U.S. universities. Mr. Ivanhoe spent most of his working years in developing countries and observed first hand the plight of water - deprived localities. He felt the most pressing need globally will be practical water-related degrees at the Masters level. He summed up his observations in a typically succinct quote: "Oil is convenience, Water is life."
Awards are to be made without regard to race, color, creed, or sex.
More information regarding our founder can be found at the L.F. "Buz" Ivanhoe Collection (#11414) in the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.