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

Important questions to ask before applying for a scholarship

Is this scholarship legitimate?

  • There are a lot of scholarship scams out there and organizations looking to get your information. When in doubt, do your research and do not provide too much personal information, such as date of birth or social security number. If the scholarship is legitimate and you win, you can always provide more information later.

Do I qualify for this scholarship?

  • If the scholarship requires a specific GPA or personal characteristic that you do not qualify for, don’t spend time applying for it. Focus on scholarships you qualify for and have the best chance at receiving.

Is this scholarship a good match for me?

  • Prioritize applying to scholarships that align best with your personal characteristics, career goals, or educational interests.

What are the requirements?    

  • If you feel the scholarship is a good fit for you, ask yourself if you can complete all the requirements, as well as meet the deadline, before applying.

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.

Citizens Scholarship

Citizens Bank wants to honor the dedication of students and families pursuing higher learning. They are awarding a Grand Prize of $15,000 to use towards school expenses and a monthly prize of $2,500! It takes less than 60 seconds to apply!

Additionally, each quarter a student who meets the required criteria for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship Prize will be eligible to win a $2,500 prize for use towards school expenses.

Please visit for more details or to apply.

College Ave Student Loan Search


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

How to Apply

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College Ave Monthly Scholarship


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

How to Apply

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Discover Student Loans 2023 Scholarship Sweepstakes

In 2023, Discover Student Loans is giving away one $5,000 scholarship each month. Undergraduate and graduate student (and their parents) are eligible for a chance to win. No purchase or student loan necessary to enter. Visit to enter.

Earnest More Than a Scholarship

Apply for the $50,000 Earnest More Than a Scholarship. Earnest is giving away $5,000 to 10 lucky students. Applications are open from March 15th to July 31, 2023. Between April 5th and August 4th, two winners will be notified monthly via email. No minimum GPA, major or essay requirements. Click here for more information:

Elmer C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The Elmer C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded by Minnehaha Lodge #5, one of three Masonic Lodges in Sioux Falls, SD. Students enrolled at any four-year college or university in South Dakota who will be academic juniors or seniors are eligible to apply. Applications may be picked up in the Financial Aid office and completed applications must be post-marked by Wednesday, May 31, 2023. The applicant selected will be notified in late July of 2023.

LifeServe Scholarship

High school and college students who organize a successful blood drive during high need times of the year can score $500 to put toward school!

LifeServe will award a $500 scholarship to students who organize a successful blood drive during our summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day) or winter (December and January) scholarship periods! To be eligible to win, students must recruit donors, act as the chairperson for the blood drive, and meet specific goals for registered donors. Individual scholarships are offered to any student seeking a higher level of education.

Interested? Reach out at (800) 287-4903, by e-mail at, or through social media to get started! Learn more at

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.



  • 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 to complete the application. 


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

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search


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

How to Apply

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Sioux Falls Business and Professional Women Scholarship

The Sioux Falls Business and Professional Women's Organization awards annual scholarships to women pursuing a post-secondary education. Both traditional and non-traditional students are eligible to apply. Please complete the application and submit by May 15th to be considered. Find the application at this link:

South Dakota Freedom Scholarship

The South Dakota Freedom Scholarship is a need-based scholarship program that requires students to work in South Dakota for three years after their graduation. Students interested in the South Dakota Freedom Scholarship should apply to DWU and submit their FAFSA information to be considered – there is no separate South Dakota Freedom Scholarship application to complete. The student will then receive additional information about the scholarship.

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

South Dakota Trust Association Scholarship

A new scholarship opportunity is available to post-secondary students to help increase awareness of the local trust industry. Key requirements for the scholarship include attendance at the Fall Forum, answering an essay question, and submission of a brief video response. A total of three scholarships will be awarded, one $3,000 award and two $1,500 awards. Scholarships will be awarded each fall for use during the upcoming spring semester. For more information, please visit

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.

Witzleben Scholarship

The Witzleben Scholarship is a scholarship of up to $1,000 to benefit a graduating high school senior who lives on the Standing Rock Reservation and plans to pursue further education. The scholarship will be awarded to a student graduating high school in South Dakota or North Dakota and who will be attending a public or private college, university, or technical school.

Please see the attached information sheet for more details.

Note: The application deadline is listed as April 1st, but the donors are willing to extend the deadline to receive applications.

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