Lacey Semansky of Sioux Falls, S.D., a recent graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School, is the inaugural recipient of the 2010 Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Scholarship at USD. As a Buhler Scholar, Semansky will receive an academic award that provides full in-state tuition and fees and an international study abroad opportunity as long as she maintains qualifications for the scholarship.

One Buhler Scholar will be awarded each year alternating between a student enrolled in the College of Fine Arts and the Beacom School of Business. Semansky is an incoming USD freshman who will major in music this fall. In addition to academic performance, the Buhler Scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four years as long as the recipient meets the guidelines established by the endowment, including a 3.5 GPA and demonstrating an ongoing financial need to remain eligible for scholarship support.

To be eligible for the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Scholarship, applicants must be graduates of a South Dakota high school or be South Dakota residents, have a GPA of 3.5 or better; rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, and demonstrate financial need.

For more information about the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Scholarship, please contact Dr. Larry Schou, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, via e-mail at or call (605) 677-5713.

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