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Yankton Student Earns USD Music Scholarship

Image Mikayla Trenhaile Mikayla Trenhaile, of Yankton, South Dakota, received the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Scholarship to study music at USD.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts has awarded the prestigious Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Scholarship to Mikayla Trenhaile, of Yankton, South Dakota.

Trenhaile, a senior at Yankton High School, plans to major in music in the Department of Music beginning this fall. The award is given out biennially to an outstanding South Dakota high school senior who will major in art, music or theatre at USD. It provides funding for in-state tuition and fees, up to 16 credits per semester, for four years.

“Mikayla is an outstanding young woman,” said Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., an associate professor and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair who will be her voice professor. “She is an excellent singer who possesses a level of artistry beyond many others her age. She is very deserving of this prestigious scholarship, and we are very much looking forward to guiding her through her musical endeavors.”


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