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.”