The College of Arts & Sciences and its academic departments award many different scholarships, which are made possible by the generous gifts of alumni and donors.
Scholarships for first-year students are administered by the Office of Financial Aid.
Scholarships for students with a declared academic major are typically awarded within the academic departments, so please contact the departments directly.
Scholarships are also awarded directly by the Dean's Office. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about any of these scholarships:
Mary Adams Scholarship
This scholarship honors Dr. Mary Adams, who was born in McCook Lake, SD and went on to earn degrees in nursing at Johns Hopkins and Columbia, before receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. After a lifetime as a university educator, she retired to her family estate at McCook Lake, first homesteaded in 1872. She and her sister Maud graciously donated this land in 1997 as a permanent nature preserve. Now deceased, Dr. Adams provided funds in her will to give scholarships to undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences at USD.
John W. Addie Award
Recipient must be a junior or senior student in the College of Arts & Sciences with a good academic record. Preference is given to a male student from Douglas County, SD. Award may be given to multiple students if funds are available.
This award was established in 1951 by Carl A. Norgren, President of the C.A. Norgren Company in Englewood, CA (manufacturers of Pneumatic Products) and Ernest O. Lawrence in memory of Lewis Akeley, who influenced generations of USD students.
Dr. Akeley served as the Dean of the Engineering School at USD from 1907 to 1933. One of his most outstanding students was E.O. Lawrence, who later became a Nobel Laureate. The scholarship honors both Akeley and Lawrence. Norgren's name was added to the scholarship after his death.
Recipients must be junior or senior students majoring in Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Computer Science. The award is given to multiple students.
Barbara Berggren Stewart Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Robert Stewart in honor of his wife, Barbara. Ms. Stewart was born in Swea City, Iowa in 1911 and graduated from Lead, SD High School in 1929, where she was the editor of the school newspaper, Nugget. She attended the University of South Dakota, graduating in 1933. While at USD she served as president of Alpha Phi Sorority, was a member of the Alpha Chi Alpha Journalism Society, and was editor of the Volante, the Scribbler and the Wet Hen. Ms. Stewart was active in school and civic affairs, and maintained her interest in journalism throughout her life. The award is given to students with an interest in Journalism.
Tom and Meredith Brokaw Greatest Generation Scholarship
The Tom and Meredith Brokaw Scholarship program was set up by Meredith and Tom Brokaw, both graduates of USD in the early 1960s. The scholarship honors the duty, sacrifices, and achievements of the heroes described in Tom Brokaw's best-selling book, The Greatest Generation; it is given to graduates of South Dakota high schools who demonstrate these desirable personal characteristics. Meredith and Tom Brokaw are known as international humanitarians for their work all around the world. Tom Brokaw served for many years as anchor for NBC News, earning a reputation as one of the most trusted and respected figures in the history of broadcast journalism.
Harold E. Brookman Scholarship
This award was established in 1957 with gifts from friends of Professor Harold E. Brookman at the time of his retirement. Dr. Brookman served as Professor of Applied Science at USD from 1921 to 1956.
This annual scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, who at the end of the sophomore year has earned a grade point above the average of the sophomore class, and who through a fundamental understanding of the natural sciences, mathematics and human relations, shows definite promise of leadership in one of the fields of industry.
The Dean Joseph H. Cash Award for Excellence in Writing
Joseph Harper Cash was a Duke Research Professor of History at USD. He served as director of the American Indian Research Project, the Oral History Center and the Institute of American Indian Studies. He was Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for 10 years. Dr. Cash was the author of numerous books and articles on South Dakota history, mining, Indians and oral history.
The awards are given annually to Arts & Sciences students who best demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas clearly through writing. The awards are intended to acknowledge student excellence and encourage the faculty in the liberal arts and sciences to teach writing skills and require written components at all levels of instruction.
John W. Carlson Research Grant
This grant will be used to support research by students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Candidates may be either graduate or undergraduate students. Candidates must be nominated by a faculty member who will write a reference letter that addresses the student's competence and ability to complete the research. The student must submit a description of the research project and a current transcript.
Dakota Alumnae Prize for Senior Women
This scholarship was established in 1924 by two USD alumnae, Estelle Bennett Boot (1896) and her sister Estella May Boot (1901). It was re-established in 1981 by G.W. Boot, in memory of his mother, Estelle Bennett Boot. Mary B. Farnham, first cousin of G.W. Boot and niece of Estelle Bennett Boot and Estella May Boot, re-established the scholarship again in 1988.
Earnings generated from this account are used to provide a prize each year for a female member of the senior class who evidences the highest ideals of scholarship and citizenship.
Elbert & Marjorie Harrington Book Award
This endowed account was established in 1976 by Dean Elbert W. Harrington and friends. The earnings from this fund are to be used to purchase books for the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Communication Disorders, Earth Sciences/Physics, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Social Behavior/Anthropology and Communication Studies, as designated by Dean Harrington.
Elbert & Marjorie Harrington Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1969 by Dr. Seth Walton in honor of Elbert and Marjorie Harrington. Elbert Harrington was a Professor in the Department of Communication at USD and served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 1948 to 1967. His wife Marjorie's main interest in life was educating young people.
This award is given to a deserving junior or senior in the College of Arts & Sciences who exemplifies the qualities of liberal education, a breadth of knowledge and beginning of specialization.
Bruce and Ila Lushbough Scholarship
This award is given to a graduate of a South Dakota high school majoring in one of the sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, with an interest in attending medical school. Dr. Bruce Lushbough received his B.A. from USD and attended the two-year USD School of Medicine before completing his M.D. at Jefferson Medical College; Ila Lushbough received her B.A. from USD and taught Home Economics in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Robert "Bid" Miller
This scholarship was established with a gift from Robert "Bid" Miller, a 1968 USD History graduate, to be used for the benefit of undergraduate students enrolled in the humanities or social sciences divisions of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Nelson Shield Award
This shield is made of the pure copper from Lord Nelson's own Flagships, stamped with King Edward's Cipher, E.R. VII, by Royal Command, and provided by the Lord's of the Admiralty. It must not be taken away. It may be used for competition in sports or as an award for regularity, punctuality or any form of achievement, for essays on the Empire, seapower, exploration, colonization, citizenship, or kindred subjects. It is intended to stand for Faith in God, the Unity of the British Empire, and the importance of Duty in all the walks of life.
This award was presented to the University of South Dakota in 1920 by Dr. Charles Ernest Coles, Chaplain, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Fort Hays, Kansas. He suggested that the shield be awarded to a student(s) in the College of Arts & Sciences who shall be found to have the highest average in his or her work during their junior year. The name of the recipient is engraved in metal and displayed in a prominent position in the College.
Willis Schenk Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1986 with a gift from Willis Schenk, a native of Mission Hill, SD and a 1950 graduate of USD. It is awarded to outstanding undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Dr. James Schmulbach Memorial Award
This scholarship was established in 2005 to be used for the benefit of students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences who are involved in summer research experiences in the environment or natural resources.
Gary and Judy Marx Servant Leader Scholarship Award
The Gary and Judy Marx endowment has been established to provide encouragement and support for students who are eager to continue their education and earn the distinction of becoming servant leaders. Gary Marx, a 1960 communications graduate of USD, and Judy Marx, who holds a 1961 associate's degree from USD, hope that students, wherever they might eventually live and whatever their professions or lines of work, understand the importance of contributing to their local communities and their responsibilities as citizens of the world.
Dean Spader Scholarship
Recipients are students who are enrolled in or accepted by USD and meet all
requirements to be a student in good standing. A student who is a
recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year provided
they continue to meet the selection criteria. The recipient(s) will have
graduated from a high school in the state of South Dakota and will have
financial need. Preferences shall be given to sophomores, juniors or
seniors who could not or would not be able to attend college without this
scholarship. Recipients shall maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5+ as a
freshman/sophomore, and 3.0+ as a junior/senior. Students must be majors in the College of Arts and Sciences with first preference given to sustainability majors, criminal
justice majors, or science/math majors with an interest in teaching in SD K-12
The scholarship will be awarded in addition to any other
scholarship and shall not be used to satisfy any other scholarship promise,
commitment or guarantee made by USD.
Margaret Stansbury Stockton Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1968 at the bequest of Frank T. Stockton of Lawrence, Kansas (a former USD staff member). It is in memory of his wife Margaret, who was known for her leadership skills.
This award is to be made for significant contributions by a student (either undergraduate or graduate) in unpaid services to community projects such as recreation, mental health, hospitals, work with the mentally challenged or minority group work.
Benjamin & Helen B. Treml Scholarship
The Benjamin and Helen B. Treml Scholarship, an endowed fund, was established by Helen Treml in 1995. It was funded by a bequest from her estate, and is to be known as the "Benjamin and Helen B. Treml Endowment." Her expressed intent was that the fund be used for scholarships for students at USD who are "interested in studying engineering or, if available, something to do with traffic, as Benjamin was a dedicated railroad employee during his lifetime."
Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted at USD and meet all departmental requirements to be a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing. Scholarship applicants should include a statement explaining their interest in engineering, traffic or other transportation-related subjects. Research fellowships applicants shall submit a research proposal indicating the relationship of the proposed study to engineering, traffic or other transportation-related subjects.
Glenn E. & Barbara R. Ullyot Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Glenn E. and Barbara R. Ullyot established in February 1993 an endowed scholarship fund within the USD Foundation to be used for the benefit of undergraduate students, preferably to be given, but not limited, to students pursuing a degree program in the Department(s) of Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences or Physics, in the College of Arts & Sciences.
After graduation from Clark High School, Clark, S.D., Dr. Ullyot began his higher education at USD in 1927, where he spent two years as an undergraduate and was introduced to organic chemistry in the lectures of Professor William Pardee. Dr. Ullyot later went on to receive his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Having learned firsthand the value and fruits of an advanced education, he wished to encourage and support high school graduates from South Dakota to pursue their dreams at the University. Their success will be his reward and contribution to society.