A Northern Utah biotechnology firm has awarded a Native American student from Idaho a scholarship that provides tuition and fees at Utah State University and job experience, university officials say.

The first recipient of the HyClone Laboratories Cooperative Education Scholarship, designed to offer a Native American student at the university experience in biotechnology, is Richard Tingery, a sophomore animal-science major from Grace, Idaho, a university spokesman said.

Tingery is already working at HyClone as a protein purification lab technician, said Steve Murdock, director of advertising for the Cache Valley firm.

The scholarship is renewable annually through graduate school, Murdock said.

"HyClone would love it if this student got involved in immunology or biochemistry," he said. "If it worked out, the company would assist him through graduate school and then hire him."