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USD Journalism student wins national broadcast scholarship

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Kathleen Serie, a junior Media & Journalism major at the University of South Dakota, is one of 13 students nationwide to win a scholarship from the Broadcast Education Association for 2015-16. Her scholarship was one of the Nielsen Company Scholarships sponsored by the Nielsen Company. The winners were selected by the BEA Scholarship Committee at its November 2014 meeting in Washington, D.C.

“I think the reason that I received this scholarship, and the reason that I’ve gotten so involved with broadcast journalism, really ties back to all of the professors and faculty in USD’s media and journalism department. Without their support and guidance, I never would have gotten involved with Coyote News, and my college experience would be so different,” said Serie, who is from Mitchell, S.D.

Serie has been involved in broadcast media since her freshman year working behind the scenes at Coyote News. She has continued her participation in Coyote News by serving as live correspondent, head anchor, and now co-producer of the weekly broadcast. In addition to her experience with Coyote News, Serie has interned with South Dakota Public Broadcasting and KELOLAND News.

The BEA will hold a convention in Las Vegas on April 12-15 that will include a scholarship award ceremony. Serie and her family plan on traveling to Las Vegas for the ceremony and convention. She will also have the opportunity to attend the National Association of Broadcasters national career fair on April 15.

“I’m looking forward to attending some of the seminars and learning more about the media industry and interacting with media professionals,” Serie added. Download a photo of Serie.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News