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Calvin Silas, New Mexico AMP student from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, awarded the President Obama Scholarship.

SIPI StudentsSIPI students at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)Conference in Albuquerque, NM: Calvin Silas (far right); John David, currently at SIPI (center); Charles Browne, currently at NM Tech, where he received a New Mexico AMP Transfer Scholarship (left)

Calvin Silas, who is enrolled in the engineering program at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), was selected as the recipient of the President Obama Scholarship program in Fall 2010.

Calvin, a rising Native American engineer and scientist, participated in the first Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)-Argonne Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge in 2009, and his team placed first in this national competition.

Calvin attended SIPI in Spring 2011 and plans to transfer to university. At SIPI, Calvin was on the President’s List and named SIPI Student of the Year for 2010-11. Currently, he is participating in the 2011 Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE) program on the NMSU campus.

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