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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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Fine Arts Scholarships: Art, Music, Theatre

Art Scholarships


New Art Students

A limited number of scholarship awards are available for new students (entering freshmen or transfer students)
Application Requirements
Please submit a portfolio that includes 10-12 examples of your original artwork.  You may submit original artworks (drawings, photos, etc.) or high-quality digital reproductions of original work; web portfolios or a CD portfolio of your artwork are acceptable. All portfolios will be returned.
Also submit:
• ACT scores
• Transcript(s) of your grades
• A letter of recommendation
• An application letter that discusses your art interests and career plans
Deadline: March 31, 2014
New student application packets must be received no later than Monday, March 31, 2014, for scholarship award consideration. Applications missing any aspect of this process will not be considered.
Mail application materials and portfolios to:

Northern State University
Attn: Art Department
1200 S Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Requirements for Recipients
Art Department scholarship winners are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 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.



Current Art 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. Please consult D2L for application details.



Music Scholarships


Music scholarships are awarded to music and non-music majors on the basis of auditions, which are held twice a year. 


2015 Audition Dates To Be Announced

Although the current music scholarship deadline has passed, Northern still may offer music scholarships based on availability of funds.  Contact  for details.

If you are unable to attend auditions, please submit a recording. Video recordings are preferred over audio-only.

For students submitting a recording, a YouTube video or audio file are recommended.  Send “unlisted” link via email. CDs and DVDs are accepted via the U.S. Postal Service.  See information on application form.



Fillable Music Scholarship Application

Contact the Music Department for more information: or, 1200 S. Jay St., Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D. 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

The Patrons of Northern State Theatre


Theatre Scholarship Application Form


For more information please contact Daniel Yurgaitis, director of theatre, at 605-626-2563.