At next week's meeting on the School of Mines campus, South Dakota's Regents will discuss allowing our six public universities to fund scholarships with tuition remission and late-payment fees. The information sheet accompanying that agenda item itemizes the current sources of scholarship money on each campus and breaks down how much money goes to athletic scholarships and how much to general scholarships.
|Scholarships FY2014||Institution-funded athletic||Institution-funded general||Foundation-funded athletic||Foundation-funded general||Total||Athletic/ Total|
In the last academic year, our six public universities mustered $9.4 million to lower tuition for the providers of our gladiatorial entertainment. That's 37% of the total scholarships our Regental system handed out. Notice the only university whose athletic support notably exceeds that average is Northern State: Aberdonian athletes get almost 53% of NSU's scholarship dollars.