McGovern Legacy Scholarships
McGovern Legacy ScholarshipsFriends of the McGovern ’72 Campaign

The goal of the McGovern Legacy Scholarship is to honor the senator and the 1972 campaign volunteers, while educating and inspiring future generations of student activists to volunteerism, public service and to work for a just society. Sen. George McGovern was a persuasive debater, gifted politician and passionate humanitarian. The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive scholarship awarded to an outstanding high school senior who demonstrates exemplary leadership through service to others and/or executes exemplary debate skills in his/her local, regional or global communities. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 1090 SAT to compete for this scholarship. Those competing for the McGovern Legacy Scholarship must have applied and been accepted for admission and must have submitted a current leadership resume describing their debate and/or service activities and personal references. Attendance at DWU’s Randall Scholarship Day is required, and applicants will be interviewed.

About the Friends of the McGovern ’72 Campaign
The Friends of the McGovern ’72 Campaign Scholarship fund was established in 2012 through the Leonard and Sophie Davis Foundation in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the presidential campaign to honor Sen. George S. McGovern and the 1972 McGovern Presidential Campaign volunteers. Thousands of 1972 campaign volunteers’ lives have been positively impacted by their volunteerism and by the life and legacy of Sen. McGovern. The McGovern Legacy Scholarship serves as a tribute to the life and legacy of Sen. McGovern.

Expectations of McGovern Scholars
It will be expected that McGovern Scholars will:
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Attend McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service events, including the
    McGovern Conference and public forums
  • Dedicate a minimum of 8 hours per month assisting McGovern Center staff with the
    creation and execution of civic engagement programming
  • Be a positive role model and advocate to and for DWU and the McGovern Center in all
    areas of involvement – extracurricular, athletic participation, athletic events, in the
    classroom and in the communities that DWU is involved
Application ChecklistYou will need to complete the following steps and return all forms to the admissions office by Jan. 31, 2014.
  1. Apply for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University.
  2. Complete the McGovern Legacy Scholarship Application.
  3. Submit a current resume describing public service and/or debate experience. Please include all civic engagement related activities.
  4. Include a brief cover letter addressing your approach to modeling civic engagement.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation from a supervisor or professional associate.
All application materials must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2014.

Applications should be submitted to:

Dakota Wesleyan University
Admissions Office – McGovern Scholar
1200 W. University Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301

Contact the admissions office with questions at:
• 1-800-333-8506


Friday, Feb. 7, 2014


8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 9 a.m. Welcome
9 – 11 a.m.

Individual Interviews and Clifton StrengthsFinder
All attendees will have the opportunity to take the StrengthsFinder. This personal inventory is the first step in understanding your personal talents and strengths.
11 – 11:25 a.m.

Academic Sessions
Learn about the variety of majors within DWU’s three colleges.
11:30 a.m.– Noon

Affirming Your Strengths
Our experts will explain the StrengthsFinder and help you discover how to use the new information you have about yourself.
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Scholars’ Luncheon and Award Presentation
1:15 p.m.

Optional campus tours and appointments with coaches, financial aid officers or other campus staff members.


Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
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The Chronicle of Higher Education named Dakota Wesleyan University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For®” for 2014-2015. DWU won honors in three categories: facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.
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