Riley Spoden ’26, from St. Cloud, Minnesota, is a vocal music education major and recipient of a Challey Family Music scholarship. He sings in the NDSU Concert Choir, takes piano and vocal lessons, and plays percussion in the NDSU University Band — all while balancing an off-campus job. Thanks to his scholarship, he’s able to save some of the money he earns to put toward the Concert Choir overseas tour.
“It’s going to be an experience I’ll never forget, making music with local choirs and people from different countries,” Riley said. “Scholarships allow me to support myself and have that experience without worrying about my tuition.”