Private Scholarships and Grants

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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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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

CorTrust Bank Scholarship

The South Dakota Bankers Foundation and CorTrust Bank are offering a $2,000 scholarship to a current college/technical student interested in a career in banking or finance. Current juniors or seniors interested in finance or banking may apply. The deadline to apply is March 15th, 2023. Award notification will be by April 1st, 2023. The scholarship application is available on the CorTrust Bank website:

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.

Esther Edie Environmental Scholarship Fund

Esther Edie was the Founder of South Dakota Resources Coalition
$1,000.00 Scholarship

Scholarship Qualifications

  1. Awarded to a student in their final year of schooling
  2. Must be attending a South Dakota college or university (public, private, or tribal)
  3. Must be pursuing a degree in Environmental science (biology or chemistry), Environmental geography, Environmental sociology, Natural resource management, or Environmental law


  1. Completed application
  2. College transcript
  3. Write an essay 1000 words or less on “What I have done to maintain South Dakota’s environmental heritage and my vision to enhance environmental quality in South Dakota.”

Only completed applications will be considered and must be submitted and received by April 15.

Send to:
Dakota Rural Action
Attn: Eowyn Corral
(605) 697-5204 ext. 210

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

Click here for more information.

South Dakota Bankers Association

The SD Bankers Foundation is offering five scholarships to students attending a South Dakota college. These include one $4,000 scholarship, three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,500 scholarship that are available to college juniors (seniors beginning fall 2023) who have expressed an interest in a career in banking or finance. Please visit for the scholarship application. The deadline to apply is March 31st, 2023. Notification of awards will be by April 30, 2023.

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 Retailers Association Scholarship

The South Dakota Retails Association is accepting scholarship applications for the 2023-24 school year. Scholarships will be awarded to students who intend to enroll in a retail or business-related course of study at a technical college, university, or eligible online program.

A PDF of the application can be found at or paper copies are available in the Financial Aid office. For more information, please contact Donna at or (605) 224-5050.

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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