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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


A limited number of scholarship awards are available for new students (entering freshmen or transfer students)
The application period is March 2-31, 2015
Art Scholarship Application (for entering freshmen or transfer students)
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
New student application packets must be received no later than Monday, March 31, 2015, 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 NSU art students: Find scholarship information on the Fine Arts page in myNSU.



Music Scholarships


Music scholarships are awarded to music and non-music majors on the basis of auditions. If you are unable to attend auditions, please submit a recording. Video recordings are preferred over audio-only.



2015 Audition Dates




  • In-person auditions - Feb. 20-21, 2015 in Aberdeen


  • By CD or DVD (unlisted YouTube video recommended) recording deadline - Feb. 20, 2015

For students submitting a recording, a YouTube video or audio file are recommended. Email “unlisted” link to CDs and DVDs are accepted via the U.S. Postal Service. For details, see application form linked below. 


Past the audition dates

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

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


Theatre Scholarship Application 


Application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2015


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

Richard Norquist Scholarship

Herschel and Bea Premack Scholarship

Theatre Faculty Scholarship

Masquers Scholarship

Patrons of Northern State Theatre Scholarship


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