DWU Scholarships and Grants

Explore Scholarship Options

100% of our students receive some form of financial assistance, including merit, talent or athletic scholarships. You can use our net price calculator to help you better understand and compare the cost of colleges you are considering.

Dual Credit Scholarship

If you have taken dual credit courses from Dakota Wesleyan University OR any other college, technical school, or community college you qualify for the Dual Credit Scholarship.

1-6 credits
$500 total over four years

7-12 credits
$1,000 total over four years

13+ credits
$1,500 total over four years

1-13+ credits – Dual Credits from other Institutions Only
$500 total over four years

To be eligible:

You must enroll at DWU as a first-time, full-time freshman.

If you take dual credit courses from both Dakota Wesleyan and another higher education institution, you will solely receive the dual credit scholarship based on the DWU Dual Credit scholarship.

Academic Scholarships

If you’re a first-time or transfer student who has applied and been accepted for admission, you will be considered for academic scholarships. These are offered to full-time students, and most are renewable for up to 10 semesters (usually, our students complete their degree in eight semesters).

If you’re a first-time student, your scholarship is based on your high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, if you choose to submit test scores. (Please see our Test-Optional Admissions Policy for more information.)

If you’re a transfer student, your scholarship is based on your previous college GPA and other qualifications.

Here are some of the traditional student scholarships we offer so you can see what you might qualify for:

John Wesley Scholarship – $13,000-$14,750
3.7 GPA/27 ACT/1210 SAT
Trustee Scholarship – $12,000-$13,750
3.5 GPA/24 ACT/1090 SAT
Presidential Scholarship – $8,750-$13,000
3.0 GPA/18 ACT/860 SAT
Tiger Award – $3,500-$10,000
2.5-2.99 GPA/18 or below ACT/860 or below SAT
DWU Grant – $3,500
2.49 or below GPA

Competitive Scholarship Opportunities

We also give scholarships to academically successful high school seniors who display a strong talent for leadership, service, and a commitment to their faith and church. These competitive scholarships require participation at one of our two scholarship days. If you qualify for the John Wesley, Trustee or Presidential Scholarships, you may also be eligible to compete for a competitive scholarship.

More information about our competitive scholarship days.

Scholarships For Transfer Students

DWU Transfer Award
3.6-4.0 GPA – $11,250-$12,000
3.2-3.5 GPA – $10,250-$11,000
2.8-3.1 GPA – $9,000-$10,000
2.6-2.7 GPA – $7,000-$8,500
2.5 GPA – $6,750
2.5 or below GPA – DWU grant (need based)


Phi Theta Kappa Award

Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible to receive $2,000 annually. Verification of Phi Theta Kappa chapter membership by a chapter adviser is required.

Awards For United Methodist Students

United Methodist Recognition Award

You must be a member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year. Certification form required.

United Methodist GBHEM and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships

Funded through the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Applicants must have been an active member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. These Methodist Scholarships do not automatically renew each year. For more information, please contact us.

Awards for Athletics, Music, Theatre, Christian Leadership and Esports

Awards for both freshman and transfer students are determined by coach or director. You should be prepared to audition or provide video to help the coach or director evaluate you and determine your award amount.

Sign up to audition for the theater, band, or chorus

Apply for the Christian Leadership Award

Apply for an esports award

Contact your admissions counselor for more information about these awards.

Department of Digital Media & Design — Power To Design Scholarship

Turn your love for design into a career. 

Dakota Wesleyan University’s Digital Media and Design department prepares aspiring professionals in the field of design, by coupling the latest design trends and technologies with the communication skills necessary to succeed professionally.

We strive to provide each student with real-world experience before graduation. Working with businesses and nonprofit organizations in the region, our students will work on real projects and will have authentic client-designer relationships. This special experience will provide students with essential skills that will enable them to be competitive in all levels of the industry and higher education.

  • Deadline to Apply April 1st.
  • Must be a High School Senior.
  • Major in Digital Media & Design.

To apply go to; http://www.dwu.edu/powertodesign

See more about the digital media and design program at:

Some Guidelines About Scholarships

DWU institutional scholarships, awards and grants may not exceed the cost of tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University in any given year.

Any student receiving a minimum of $12,000 in institutional aid is required to live on campus.

First-time freshman scholarships or awards may be increased if your GPA or ACT/SAT score increases before March 1 of your senior year.

Institutional scholarships are not available for high school students.

Questions? Contact us at any time.