Neuharth Scholarship upgrades announced Upgrades to the Allen Neuharth Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism havemade it the most comprehensive scholarship offered at The University of South Dakota.
As of September 2001, the Neuharth Scholarship will be the premiere scholarship at USD for incoming college freshmen. The scholarship will provide in-state tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, and a book allowance.
The scholarship will be given to two students each year with the ability to renew and keep the scholarship at the end of each year.
Currently, the Neuharth Scholarship covers only in-state tuition and fees. Students who are current Neuharth scholars and are returning for the fall semester will be eligible to apply for an upgrade to their current scholarship.
The Neuharth Scholarship aims to attract, teach, mentor, retain and support students who show potential to become outstanding professional journalists. Scholarship recipients will be expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Requirements also include working at the USD student newspaper, the Volante, where students will gain first-hand skills on how to put together and run a newspaper.
Recipients will also be expected to adhere to ethical and professional standards, participate in co-curricular training programs and activities of the Neuharth Center and must intend to become journalists.
The Freedom Forum announced a $2.5 million gift to USD during Dakota Days 2000, which will upgrade the current Telecom Center on Dakota and Cherry streets.
The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The center was established at USD in 1988 to honor Allen H. Neuharth, founder of USA Today and the Freedom Forum. Neuharth is a 1950 graduate of USD. The center's journalism education program serves news media professionals and the public, USD students, and the staff of the Volante.