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March 24, 2015

Four Black Hills Region Men Named Bush Fellows

Four men from the Black Hills region have been selected as Bush Fellows by the Bush Foundation. The fellowships provide up to $100,000

Malcolm chapman
Malcolm Chapman

 over 12-24 months for the pursuit of education and leadership development.

Here are summaries of their proposals:

Malcolm Chapman -- As a college athlete, Marine, city council member and community volunteer, Chapman of Rapid City has spent the last three decades convening people to get things done. With the support of a Bush Fellowship, he now will turn his attention to learning how to convene organizations to instigate change on a bigger scale. Recognizing that the more than 30 service organizations in his community are rapidly dwindling in membership and that the millennial generation has its own ideas about how to serve, Malcolm wants to be the force that brings these diverse entities together to address community issues. 

Matt Ehlman
Matt Ehlman
Matt Ehlman -- Ehlman of Hermosa wants to challenge conventional wisdom about philanthropy in rural communities. Having raised millions of dollars for Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and for other nonprofit organizations through his firm The Numad Group, he seeks to bring a rejuvenated model of philanthropy and nonprofit management to rural communities. During his Fellowship, Matthew will complete a PhD in philanthropic studies to increase his capacity to establish a rural philanthropy institute focused on research and bringing accurate data to decision-making in rural areas. 
John Glover
John Glover
John Glover -- Glover of Spearfish understands dichotomies. He is Indian and non-Indian, traditional Native and Americanized Norwegian Lutheran, academic and non-academic. Given those realities, he seeks to be a bridge and facilitator between the various constituencies he works with in the northern plains and prairies of South Dakota. With his Bush Fellowship, he will seek better understanding of the impact of diversity and inclusion, and improve his nonprofit management skills to enhance his work as professor and higher education leader at Black Hills State University and as CEO of Native Educational Endeavors.
Kevin Killer
Kevin Killer
Kevin Killer -- As the youngest Native American ever elected to the South Dakota Legislature, and one of only two tribal members in the state's House of Representatives, Killer of Pine Ridge is entering what must be his final term with his eye on the next generation. Who will succeed him, 
and how can he help build more leaders from Pine Ridge and other Native communities in his state? Kevin will use his Bush Fellowship to build the leadership skills he needs to inspire and amplify tribal voices in community decision-making and to provide Native communities with an asset-based approach to the future.  

Read about all of the 2015 Bush Fellows online


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