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Sharon Kienow, Director
Dacotah Hall 103
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2640
Fax:      605-626-2587
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Northern State University
Fine Arts Scholarships: Art, Music, Theatre

Art Scholarships

New Students: Art scholarships are awarded to incoming art majors on the basis of a portfolio. Award amounts vary. Contact: Art Department, Northern State University, 1200 South Jay Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401, 605-626-2514.


Current Students: Annually, the NSU Art Department awards 6‐10 merit‐based scholarships. The application process includes a formal application, examples of studio work and unofficial transcripts.


    • Eligibility
      • You must be a full‐time, degree‐seeking (BA, BSed or AS) art major (Art Ed, Fine Art, Multimedia Design, Ad Design, etc) enrolled in at least one art course per semester during your academic tenure at NSU.
      • You must be in good academic standing with NSU.
    • Requirements
      • Completed Application Form
      • CD or DVD with 3 high‐quality digital images of your strongest work in .jpeg or .pdf format (at least 1024x768 ppi)
      • A Microsoft Office Word document accompanying the images that include your name, title, medium, date. Ex: Jane Doe, Master Study after Monet, oil on canvas, Spring 2011.
      • A printout of your unofficial transcripts/course history – available on WebAdvisor
    • Requirements for Recipients of Scholarships
      • Art Department scholarship winners are expected to maintain a minimum of 2.8 GPA in their major courses. If this standard is not met, the award is subject to withdrawal at the discretion of the Art Department Faculty.
    • Deadline
      • Submit your materials in an envelope to the Art Office by noon on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
      • Applications missing any aspect of the process will not be considered.
    • Scholarship Application Form (MS Word)
    • Scholarship Application Form (Adobe PDF)



Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are awarded to music and non-music majors on the basis of auditions, which are held twice a year. Audition dates are set for Feb. 22-23, 2013.


Award amounts vary, but applicants may receive up to $2,500 annually for four years. Contact: Dean of Fine Arts, Northern State University, 1200 South Jay Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401, 605-626-2497; e-mail or




Video Recording
If you are unable to audition on those dates, please submit a recording by Feb. 22, 2013. Video recordings are preferred over audio-only. For complete information about music scholarships, contact the Music Department, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198, 605-626-2497.



Theatre Scholarships

The NSU Theatre Department offers a number of scholarships to those students actively involved in Northern's academic and production programs. These include...


    • The Richard Norquist Scholarship,
    • The Herschel and Bea Premack Scholarship,
    • The Theatre Faculty Scholarship,
    • The Masquers Scholarship, and
    • The Patrons of Northern State Theatre
    • Theatre Scholarship Application Form


For more information please contact Daniel Yurgaitis, Director of Theatre, at 605-626-2563.