In addition to competing for USD’s most prestigious scholarships, high school seniors and family members attending Scholarship Recognition Day will meet faculty, receive information on becoming part of the USD Honors Programs, learn about USD Global Learning and participate in Scholarship Recognition Day Academic and Information Showcases.

“This is a great opportunity for these academically-gifted high school seniors to network with the university community,” said Joni Freidel, director of scholarship administration at USD. “It’s also a showcase for USD to be able to share information with these students and their families about our outstanding facilities, faculty and academic programs,”

USD’s most prestigious scholarships available to incoming freshmen are the George S. Mickelson Scholarship and the USD Presidential-Alumni Scholarship. Both of these prestigious awards provide recipients with four-year, renewable scholarships provided the students meet the appropriate criteria. Additionally, visiting students will also interview for the School of Law Honor Scholar Program, the Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Student Scholars Program, the Dorothy C. Schieffer Political Science Scholarship, the Beacom School of Business Scholarship, the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Scholarship, the Al Neuharth Excellence in Journalism Scholarships and the Ullyot Lakota Scholarship, awarded to Native American students who are members of recognized tribes. Recipients of these scholarships will be notified of their award by mid-March following recommendations from the University Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Recognition Day also includes Academic and Information Showcases introducing high school seniors to academic and extracurricular programs. Students, for example, can “audition” for an anchor spot on the set of Coyote News and learn more about USD’s award-winning Contemporary Media and Journalism Department or create gold nanoparticles in a chemistry lab. Other activities include a session on teaching from the School of Education, taking a closer look at the College of Fine Arts – from behind the scenes, and discovering more about undergraduate research.

More information about scholarships at USD, including a list of available scholarships to incoming freshmen, is available

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