Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition each year to students who:

1) are in their second full-time semester at SDSM&T
2) are registered in a degree-granting program
3) have been involved in a music ensemble at SDSM&T
4) have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

Award winners may audition again during their award year for the following academic year. Instrumental award winners are expected to enroll in University Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and/or Jazz Band for the academic year and perform a leadership role in one of those ensembles. Vocal award winners are expected to enroll in University Choir, Concert Choir and/or Master Chorale, assuming a leadership role in one of those ensembles. Keyboard award winners choose to audition for either band or choral awards at the time of application. Keyboard award winners will thus be expected to be involved with the ensemble(s) of that category at the discretion of the appropriate Director.

Music Scholarships2015-16 music scholarship auditions will be held in the Music Center, room 203 on Friday, April 10, 2015, beginning at 4:00 pm. The online application form must be submitted by end of business day on February 27, 2015. Contact Dr. Feiszli, Mr. Martinson, or Ms. Schnittgrund for details.

Before you apply, read these Thoughts about Music Scholarships at SDSM&T.

The number of scholarships and the amount awarded is based on two factors:
 1. The monies available to be awarded, determined by the SDSM&T Foundation, which handles Music Scholarship investments.
 2. The number and quality of the applicants, which varies from year to year.

Following are the scholarships currently available:

Music Scholars Award

This scholarship attempts to identify and reward students who are leaders in music ensembles on campus.  It was established by Director of Music, Dr. James D. Feiszli, using funds generated from donations at the annual holiday choral concerts.

Larry Huisenga Award

Used to further Music Activities at SDSM&T, the Larry Huisenga Vocal Music Fund was established by Tamera J. Nelson (MetE86) in honor of her father, who was a lifelong singer.  It may be used as a scholarship award in any year at the discretion of the Director of Music.

Ronald F. & Eunice A. Miller Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student of good academic standing who is involved in a vocal ensemble and comes from South Dakota, the Milller Memorial Scholarship was established by Kenneth Miller (EE75) in memory of his parents.

Karen Whitehead Scholarship

The Karen Whitehead Music Scholarship fund was established in honor of former Provost Dr. Karen Whitehead to assist students who share her love of music. The Whitehead Scholarship is awarded to any student involved in the music program upon recommendation from the music director.

Arjun Ayyangar Scholarship

Established by Narasimhan (Vijay) Ayyangar (M.S.ChE89), this scholarship honors his son Arjun Ayyangar, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and his musical ability.  Award recipients may not receive this award twice.  They may, however, audition again for a different award.