Private Scholarships and Grants

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There are many opportunities for scholarships through organizations and resources beyond Dakota Wesleyan University.

Veterans' Benefits

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF)

Native American Students: If you are an enrolled member of a Native American tribe, contact your tribal office for information about Native American scholarship resources.

Big Future College Board Scholarship Search

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. All of the scholarship information is based on the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs. 

bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search

The Citizens Scholarship Sweepstakes

The Citizens Scholarship Sweepstakes is open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students as well as their parents or sponsors to help them pay for college. Entering is easy, all they need to do is fill out the registration form online and submit.

College Ave Student Loan Search

Program

Access multiple college scholarships offering. Find scholarships that match your talent and interests.

How to Apply

Click here for more information.

https://www.collegeavestudentloans.com/blog/everything-need-know-scholarships/

College Ave Monthly Scholarship

Program

$1000 a month (You can enter every month, even if you have won in the past.)

How to Apply

Click here for more information.

https://www.collegeavestudentloans.com/promotions/monthly-scholarship-award/

Completing the Dream Scholarship Program

This semester, The Sallie Mae Fund, in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will award 250 gap scholarships up to $2,500 to students who are in their final year of postsecondary education program but need additional funds to cover a financial need.

Selected students must be in good academic standing but at risk of not completing or graduating due to an outstanding financial need.

For more info on how students can apply, visit salliemae.com/landing/completing-the-dream/.

Discover Student Loans – Scholarship Sweepstakes

$5,000 Monthly Scholarship Sweepstakes sponsored by Discover Student Loans
Undergraduate and graduate students (and their parents) can enter here to win 1 of 12 monthly scholarships worth $5,000 each. No essay or lengthy application required. No purchase or student loan necessary to enter.

OppU Achievers Scholarship

Celebrates students who transform opportunity into results. It rewards achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for both themselves and others.

Program

$2500 

Eligibility
  • A student must be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
How to Apply

To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant's essay response. Visit opploans.com/scholarship to complete the application. 

Deadline

March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search

Program

Access 3 million scholarships offering up to $18 billion. Find scholarships that match your talent and interests.

How to Apply

Click here for more information.

2021 South Dakota Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
Award Date: Fall 2021

South Dakota Nurses Foundation Scholarship (1 available)

Amount – $2,000
Purpose – To support a registered nurse pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree with the career goal of education program.
Criteria – Current SD resident;

  • Current SD RN license;
  • Member of SDNA for at least one year;
  • Graduate student pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing or a related field in an accredited program with the goal of practicing nursing in a SD high need area or teaching in a SD baccalaureate or higher degree nursing education program;
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher upon completion of highest degree;
  • Career goals and personal qualities congruent with SD Nurses Foundation purposes;
  • Evidence of leadership, compassion, involvement in professional organization(s), professional activities and community service.

Rita H. Walsh Scholarship (2 available)

Amount – $2,000
Purpose – To support a registered nurse pursuing a higher level of nursing education. The scholarship will be awarded annually for the spring semester.
Criteria – Current SD resident

  • Current SD RN license
  • RN pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing or RN to master’s degree in nursing (bridge track) in an accredited program
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Demonstrates the qualities of patient advocacy, patient education, compassion and peer mentoring

Marianne M. Stenvig Scholarship (1 available)

Amount – $1,000
Purpose – To support a male registered nurse in pursuit of his educational goals.
Criteria – Current SD resident

  • Current SD RN license
  • Male RN pursuing a graduate degree in nursing (preferred) or a related field in an accredited program
  • SDNA membership preferred
  • Career goals consistent with SD Nurses Foundation purposes of education, research and service
  • Evidence of leadership, compassion, involvement in professional organization(s), professional activities, and community service.

Application Materials for Scholarships:

Access the South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA) website at www.sdnursesassociation.org South Dakota Nurses Foundation/Scholarships. Alternatively, contact the South Dakota Nurses Association office at contactus@sdnurses.org or (605) 945-4265.

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $7000
Each scholarship has a different eligibility requirement
Apply by visiting www.sfacf.org/scholarships
Each scholarship has a different deadline so please see this list of scholarships.

SD Board of Nursing Education Scholarship Program

Program

$1000

Eligibility

Students in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Registered Nursing (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) programs

How to apply

RN and APRN applications are due by June 1 and awardees will be selected during the July Board of Nursing meeting. All applicants will be notified of selection. Scholarship payments will be made at the start of the fall and spring semesters.

LPN applications are due by October 1 and awardees will be selected during the November Board of Nursing meeting. All applicants will be notified of selection. Scholarship payments will be made at the start of the spring semester. 

For more information and an online application, click here.

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship provides up to $6,500 over four years to a qualifying student who attends an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota.  Recipients may participate in the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship program for the equivalent of four academic years (eight consecutive fall and spring terms), or until attaining a baccalaureate degree.  During each academic year, one-half of the annual scholarship award will be distributed at the beginning of the fall semester and the other half distributed at the beginning of the spring semester:

$1,300 – 1st year of attendance

$1,300 – 2nd year of attendance

$1,300 – 3rd year of attendance

$2,600 – 4th year of attendance

United Methodist Scholarships

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.

U.S. Dept. of Labor

Search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.

https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Training/find-scholarships.aspx

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