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Students strive for scholarships at Scholarship Recognition Day

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will welcome high school seniors and their families during Scholarship Recognition Day, Feb. 25-26.

In addition to competing for USD’s most prestigious scholarships, high school seniors and family members attending Scholarship Recognition Day will meet faculty, receive information on becoming part of the USD Honors Programs, learn about USD Global Learning and participate in Scholarship Recognition Day Academic and Information Showcases.

“This is a great opportunity for these academically-gifted high school seniors to network with the university community,” said Joni Freidel, director of scholarship administration at USD. “It’s also a showcase for USD to be able to share information with these students and their families about our outstanding facilities, faculty and academic programs,”

USD’s most prestigious scholarships available to incoming freshmen are the George S. Mickelson Scholarship and the USD Presidential-Alumni Scholarship. Both of these prestigious awards provide recipients with four-year, renewable scholarships provided the students meet the appropriate criteria. Additionally, visiting students will also interview for the School of Law Honor Scholar Program, the Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Student Scholars Program, the Dorothy C. Schieffer Political Science Scholarship, the Beacom School of Business Scholarship, the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Scholarship, the Al Neuharth Excellence in Journalism Scholarships and the Ullyot Lakota Scholarship, awarded to Native American students who are members of recognized tribes. Recipients of these scholarships will be notified of their award by mid-March following recommendations from the University Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Recognition Day also includes Academic and Information Showcases introducing high school seniors to academic and extracurricular programs. Students, for example, can “audition” for an anchor spot on the set of Coyote News and learn more about USD’s award-winning Contemporary Media and Journalism Department or create gold nanoparticles in a chemistry lab. Other activities include a session on teaching from the School of Education, taking a closer look at the College of Fine Arts – from behind the scenes, and discovering more about undergraduate research.

More information about scholarships at USD, including a list of available scholarships to incoming freshmen, is available


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News