Friday, Jan. 29
Friday, Feb. 12
Each year, Dakota Wesleyan University recognizes academically successful high school seniors who display a strong talent for leadership and service, as well as a commitment to their faith and church. Scholarship recipients are chosen on a competitive basis. Both dates will have the same schedule and intention; attendance at one of the days is required for those competing for one of the named scholarships below. All participants will have a personal interview with DWU faculty, staff and students during Scholarship Day.
- Randall Scholarship
Randall Scholarships, the highest academic award at Dakota Wesleyan University, have been awarded for more than 25 years. Randall Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to academically successful high school seniors who display a strong talent for leadership and service. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 1090 SAT to compete. A limited number of Randall Scholars will be named each year. Randall Scholars may receive a total scholarship award of $21,000 per year through the competitive process.
- McGovern Legacy Scholarship
George McGovern graduated from DWU in 1946, and he was the university’s most famous alumnus. Created by the Friends of McGovern ’72 Campaign, the goal of the McGovern Scholarship is to honor the late senator and presidential candidate, as well as the 1972 presidential campaign volunteers, while educating and inspiring future generations of student activists to volunteerism and public service. The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive full-tuition scholarship awarded to one outstanding high school senior who demonstrates exemplary leadership and service to her/his local, regional or global communities. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 1090 SAT to compete.
- Bishop Leadership Award
An award of $14,000 is available to high school senior United Methodist students who demonstrates strong commitment to youth leadership in their local church and pledges to be active in student ministry at DWU. Applicants must be a member of a United Methodist Church and have a 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT/980 SAT score. A limited number of Bishop Leadership Award recipients will be named each year. This award is renewable.
- Presidential Leadership Scholarship
Presidential Leadership Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to academically successful high school seniors who display a strong talent for leadership and service, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. A limited number of Presidential Leadership Scholars will be named each year. Presidential Leadership Scholars may receive a total scholarship award of $17,000 per year through the competitive process.
For all scholarships
- Apply for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University at www.dwu.edu/apply.
- Complete and submit the Scholarship Day registration form below.
- Submit a service/leadership resume.
The McGovern Legacy Scholarship and the Bishop Leadership Award have additional requirements:
Bishop Leadership Award
- Submit a cover letter with a faith statement addressing where you are in your faith journey and how you think Dakota Wesleyan University can guide and assist you in your journey.
- Submit a certification of United Methodist Church Membership
- Include one letter of recommendation from your senior pastor, youth pastor or a church member
McGovern Legacy Scholarship
- Submit a cover letter addressing your approach to modeling civic engagement.
- Submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or other professional associate.
All Scholarship Day documentation must be received by the DWU Admissions Office by Feb. 8, 2016.
Documentation should be submitted to:
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W. University Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301
Scholarship Day Registration Form