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Incoming USD Student Wins Major Scholarship

Photo of Nathan Canoles Incoming University of South Dakota student Nathan Keokenchanh-Canoles has been awarded a $40,000 scholarship through the Kind World Foundation.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Incoming University of South Dakota student, Nathan Keokenchanh-Canoles, from South Sioux City, Nebraska, has been awarded a $40,000 scholarship through the Kind World Foundation to help fund his college education.

“I’m really excited and just ready to concentrate and dig in,” Keokenchanh-Canoles said.

Keokenchanh-Canoles, who will graduate from South Sioux City High School with a 3.9 GPA this May, intends to study kinesiology and exercise science in order to pursue additional post-bachelor education in physical therapy. His favorite class in high school is chemistry.

He was also a standout high school football player earning all-district football honors playing defensive back and quarterback. He credited football with helping him succeed in academics.

“You had to have good grades to play,” he said. “The same work ethic you have in football you have to apply to school.”

He said he likes that USD is close to home, but also the people he’s already met on campus.

“Everyone on my visit was really friendly and just stopped and said hi,” he said.

The Kind World Foundation, founded by Norm Waitt Jr., has awarded more than $2 million to hundreds of high school students from Sioux City high schools. The Kind World Foundation began administering the scholarship program taking lead from the Waitt Foundation in 2009.


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