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College of Fine Arts Among Best for Scholarship Awards

Image USD College of Fine Arts LendEDU ranks USD's College of Fine Arts among those to award the most creative arts scholarships.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts has been ranked as one of the top 100 colleges to award the most creative arts scholarships in the country.

Using data from the college data site Peterson’s, LendEDU created a list for incoming college students to consider of schools that are most likely to award scholarships for fine arts programs. USD ranks 86 of 419 universities.

“Our talent awards are helping us attract more students to USD, and that helps our programs grow,” said Larry Schou, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “Our donors deserve the real credit. They provide the funds that help fine arts students pay for their education.”

One of the most notable donors of USD’s College of Fine Arts is Gary Begeman, of Philomont, Virginia, who received a bachelor of fine arts degree in music education from USD in 1980. He serves on the USD Foundation trustee board and is a lawyer in the Washington area. He donates each year to fund the Begeman/Griffith scholarship, which has helped attract more instrumental music education majors to the program.

“My favorite part about being a donor is knowing that the scholarships we fund really make a difference for the students who receive them,” said Begeman. “I was both pleased and a bit surprised to see how high this ranking is. Having been a music student at USD, it is gratifying to know that USD​ is a leader in providing financial support to fine arts students.”

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USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News