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 contact the departments directly.

International Opportunity Fund

Undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences can apply for international travel assistance to study abroad. Students may go as part of an independent study-abroad experience or as part of a faculty-led program. Awards usually range between $1,000 and $3,500, with a typical award being $2,000.

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Scholarships by Department

Other Scholarships

Scholarships are also awarded directly by the dean's office. Email as@usd.edu with questions about any of these scholarships:

Mary Adams Scholarship

This scholarship is for students in good standing who are pursuing an undergraduate degree within the USD College of Arts and Sciences. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

John W. Addie Award

Recipient must be a junior or senior student in the College of Arts & Sciences with a good academic record who needs financial assistance. Preference is given to a male student from Douglas County, South Dakota. Award may be given to multiple students if funds are available.

Akeley-Lawrence-Norgren Scholarship

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.

Arts and Sciences Scholarship

These scholarships are for students who are enrolled in or accepted by the College of Arts & Sciences. First consideration is given to students receiving commitments from the USD Scholars program. 

Grace L. Beede Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

Students from the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible for this award. Preference is given to a junior who has completed five semesters at USD and has the highest-ranking GPA.

Barbara Berggren Stewart Memorial Scholarship

The award is given to students majoring in journalism who have at least a 3.0 GPA, ambition and good moral character. Financial need is taken into account.

Harold E. Brookman Scholarship

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.

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 and 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.

Thomas J. Carpenter Scholarship

This scholarship provides assistance to students who demonstrate financial need and are majoring in any program in the college. First preference is given to USD Scholar program members.

Dean Joseph H. Cash Award for Excellence in Writing

These 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.

Russ and Kathryn Cranston Scholarship

This award supports students pursuing a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences. First preference is given to a student from Redfield or Yankton, South Dakota. Secondary preference goes to students with financial need. Kathryn is from Yankton and attended USD from 1970 to 1973. Russ graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1973.

Coyote Communicator Aimee Sorensen Scholarship

First preference for this $1,000 scholarship is given to a student majoring in communication studies. Second preference is given to other Arts & Sciences students.

Dakota Alumnae Prize for Senior Women

A prize is given each fall to a female member of the senior class who shows the highest ideals of scholarship and citizenship.

Bill and Susan Deter Advancing Science Scholarship

This award supports students enrolled in USD, with preference given to junior and senior students pursuing a degree in one of the College of Arts & Sciences’ natural sciences departments - biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences. Master’s level students in the natural sciences are also eligible.

Monsignor James M. Doyle Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students in the College of Arts & Sciences with preference given to humanities majors.

Duerre Family Scholarship

This award supports students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences who are residents of South Dakota. First preference is given to USD Scholars students.

Joy (Benning) Dyer Neurological Sciences Scholarship

Awardees must be graduates of Washington Senior High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Preference goes to students with financial need, a 3.5 or higher grade point average and an interest in studying Parkinson's disease or other neurological disorders.

Hammer Family Sciences Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in biology, medical biology or chemistry within the College of Arts & Sciences, with the intent of going on to medical school. First preference is given to students in the upper third of their graduating class. Secondary preference is given to a student from Moody County, South Dakota.

Elbert & Marjorie Harrington Scholarship

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.

Christina Keller Leadership Scholarship

Preference for his $2,000 Leadership Coyote Commitment scholarship is given to a student in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Rick and Kathi Kessler Family Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in computer science or mathematics. Consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

International Opportunity Award

This award provides College of Arts & Sciences students with financial assistance for life-changing international travel. Upperclassmen in good academic standing are eligible for funds. A standing faculty committee will select the recipients.

Robert E. Litke Scholarship

This scholarship is given to undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are studying to be teachers. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

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. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Robert "Bid" Miller Scholarship

USD students in the humanities or social sciences who have an interest in business are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA.

Native American Sciences Scholarship

These scholarships are given to Native American students studying biology, chemistry or physics.

Joseph F. Nelson and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship

Recipient must be of good moral character and must not use drugs or be a habitual user of tobacco or alcoholic beverages.

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 lords 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, sea power, 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 USD in 1920 by Charles Ernest Coles, a chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 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 ollege.

Gary A. Oltmans Scholarship

This award is given to students who major in psychology or medical biology in the College of Arts & Sciences. Awards are offered to students based on academic merit or financial need.

Owens Family Scholarship

This scholarship is available to South Dakota residents enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

This scholarship is given to graduating college seniors who are members of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and are planning to pursue a graduate degree at USD. Recipients must be pursuing a liberal arts major in the College of Arts & Sciences with a GPA of 3.5.

Rassier Family Scholarship

Established in 2015, this award provides scholarships for juniors and seniors in the College of Arts & Sciences. First preference is given to minority students who are in the upper one-third of their class.

Willis Schenk Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1986 with a gift from Willis Schenk, a native of Mission Hill, South Dakota and a 1950 graduate of USD. It is awarded to outstanding undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences.

James Schmulbach Memorial Award

This benefits students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Gary and Judy Marx Servant Leader Scholarship Award

Applicants for this scholarship must submit a brief application. If no applications are received in any year, the College of Arts & Science chooses a student who best meets the criteria. The student should have an understanding of our obligations as citizens of our local communities and a sense of our responsibilities as citizens of the world.

Simpson Family Scholarship

Preference for this $1,000 annual Coyote Commitment scholarship is given to a student enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Dean Spader Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship must have graduated from a South Dakota high school and have financial need. Preference is given to sophomores, juniors or seniors who would not be able to attend college without this scholarship. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 as a freshman and sophomore and 3.0 as a junior and senior. Students must be majors in the College of Arts & Sciences with first preference given to sustainability majors, criminal justice majors or science and math majors with an interest in teaching in South Dakota K-12 schools.

Margaret Stansbury Stockton Scholarship

This annual award is given to a student enrolled at the university who has been active in community service. The recipient is selected by a committee chosen and headed by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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

First preference for this scholarship is given to graduates from Clark High School in Clark, South Dakota who plan to major in any of the natural sciences, with students majoring in chemistry being given the highest priority. Second preference is given to graduates of Clark High School who wish to pursue a major in other subjects. Third preference goes to other high school graduates from South Dakota. Financial need is considered but is not the sole determining factor.

Raynor Greenleaf and Margaret Coggin Wellington Scholarship

This scholarship is available to any undergraduate, graduate or professional student at USD. Preference is given to those studying American history or political science.

Thomas J. Whorley Scholarship

First preference for this scholarship is given to students from Sheldon, Iowa or O'Brien County, Iowa who are students in the College of Arts & Sciences. If none available, second preference is given to any student from Sheldon or O'Brien County.