Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are awarded each year based on competitive auditions to students who:

1) are in at least their second full-time semester at SD Mines
2) are registered in a degree-granting program
3) have been involved in a music ensemble at SD Mines
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, University Band, Wind Ensemble 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, Men's and Women's 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 in the ensemble(s) of that category at the discretion of the appropriate Director.
2019 - 2020 music scholarship audition will be held in the Music Center, room 203 on March 29, 2019, beginning at 4:00 pm.  The online application form must be submitted by end of business day on March, 22, 2019.  Contact Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Matthew Bumbach or Ms. Schnittgrund for details.

Before you apply, read these Thoughts about Music Scholarships at SD Mines

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

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Following are the scholarships currently available:

SDSM&T Music Scholars Award  

2018-19 recipients : Ranjun Singh, Rebecca Johnson and Steven Miklos

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.

Charles Hallstrom Memorial Scholarship

2018 - 19 recipient : Alex Tiede

The Charles Hallstrom Memorial Scholarship award was established in 2013 in honor of Charles, or Chuck, who tragically lost his life in 1970 while fighting in Vietnam. Hallstrom was a South Dakota School of Mines student who actively participated in the Singing Engineers, the top vocal group on campus at that time.

Larry Huisenga Music Scholarship

2018 - 19 recipients : Christopher Oram, Jacey Merkle and Kole Pickner 

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.

Eileen Heilman Scholarship

2018 - 19 recipient : Estefany Mendivil Rodriguez

Margret MacIntosh Music Scholarship  

2018 - 19 recipient : Kenji Johnson
 This scholarship was established by Dan (ChE' 77) and Nancy Carlson in honor of Dan's aunt Margret. It is to be awarded to a student who is active in the university music program.

Ronald F. & Eunice A. Miller Memorial Scholarship

2018 -19 recipient : Hannah Covey
 Awarded to a student of good academic standing who is involved in a vocal ensemble and comes from South Dakota, the Miller Memorial Scholarship was established by Kenneth Miller (EE75) in memory of his parents.

Karen Whitehead Scholarship

2018-19 recipient : Nathan Ducasse

Music Supporters in Concert Scholarship

2017 - 19 recipient : Adrian Epp, Aidan Anderson, Cole Steffen, Cooper Timm, David Janssen, Duncan McGonagle, Dustin Richards, Estefany Mendivil Rodriguez, Ethan Nesbit, Evan Tellinghuisen, Ezra Grothe, James Gormley, Jared Smith, Joshua Burkart, Keagan Peters, Kyle Mullette and Summer Rogers

Arjun Ayyangar Music Scholarship

2018 - 19 recipient : Kyle Bergevin

String Theory Scholarship

2018 - 19 recipient : Trevor Bormann