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USD campus readies for Scholarship Recognition Day weekend Feb 23-24

VERMILLION, S.D. -- High school seniors and their families will have an opportunity to interview for prestigious scholarships, participate in an academic showcase, tour campus and meet with faculty and researchers during Scholarship Recognition Day weekend, Feb. 23-24, at the University of South Dakota.

In addition to competing for USD’s most prestigious scholarships, students and family members attending Scholarship Recognition Day will receive information on becoming part of the USD Honors Programs; learn about USD Global Learning opportunities and registering for the fall 2013 semester at USD.

“Scholarship Recognition Day weekend is a great way to share information with academically-gifted students and their families about USD’s outstanding academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities and introduce them to our talented faculty,” said Joni Freidel, director of scholarship administration at USD. “It’s also an excellent opportunity for participants to network and get a firsthand look at programs that will impact their career choices.”

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. Additional scholarships available during the Scholarship Recognition Day weekend includes the Ullyot Lakota Scholarship, awarded to Native American students who are members of recognized tribes; 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; and the Al Neuharth Excellence in Journalism Scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mid-March following the interview process and recommendations from the University Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Recognition Day also includes Academic and Information Showcases introducing participants to USD’s 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 an interactive session on kinesiology and sports science, a newly developed major focusing on the areas of exercise science and sports management; a “real world” classroom scenario developed by the School of Education; and a presentation by College of Fine Arts students at the John A. Day Gallery.

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


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