Private Scholarships and Grants

Find Additional Funding

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.

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

Students that are from the Sioux Falls area are encouraged to check out the scholarships available through Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.

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

Nursing Education Scholarship

Program

$1,000 bi-annual scholarship to be awarded to applicant chosen; shall benefit any High School Senior currently applying for college, nursing school or medical vocational or technical training school or current college undergraduate in a premedical, nursing, or medical technician program.

Eligibility
  • Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age and be enrolled in and attending full-time a public, private or home school and be in their final year, previous to attending college or an institution of advanced or higher learning, of schooling at stated institution.
  • Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age and be accepted and attending full-time an accredited University, college, secondary training, technical institution or vocational institution, either private or public.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA based on the previous year's academic performance.
  • Applicant must be applying to or currently attending a premedical, nursing, nursing assistant or medical technical program at an accredited university or technical college, private or public.
How to Apply

Applicant shall submit an essay of at least 500 words but not more than 1000 words that explains what they hope to accomplish in the medical field and how they will impact the lives of others with the education and knowledge they acquire while in medical training. Essay will also include the student's opinion of why they feel they should be selected to receive the scholarship funds. Additional information is available here.

Deadline

Applications are now being accepted and will close one month prior to the date the award is given. Applications for the next round of scholarship funding will open one day after the date the scholarship is awarded.

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

RaiseMe

We are partnered with Raise.me to enable students to earn grant aid throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed- whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community, test scores, leadership roles, joining an extracurricular, and more.

Rather than waiting until being accepted to Dakota Wesleyan University, you can earn scholarships from us before applying that will be awarded if you are accepted and enroll.

You may receive an even larger financial aid package based on your complete application for admission, but with Raise.me, you’ll know ahead of time at least how much financial aid you can depend on. Make sure to complete your Raise.me Portfolio by your senior year.

Raise.me doesn’t cost any money to use, so start earning by signing up here.

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.

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.

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.

The HOTH SEO Scholarship Program

Program: annual $1000
Eligibility: any student enrolled in an accredited college who has an interest in Digital Marketing
How to Apply: 1000 word essay submitted here
Deadline: December 1st, 2020

The Haven at College Scholarship

Program: Annual $1000
Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in any accredited college
How to Apply: https://www.thehavenatcollege.com/annual-scholarship/
Deadline: November 18, 2020

South Dakota Retailers Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded to students who intend to enroll in a retail or business-related course of study at a tech school, university or college, or eligible online program.

How to Apply

To apply for the South Dakota Retailers Scholarship go to sdra.org/scholarships or stop in the Financial Aid office for a hard copy of the application. 

Deadline

April 20, 2020

SD Farm Bureau Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Student must be 17 year of age or older and a high school graduate by May 2020
  • Applicant or applicant’s parent/guardian must be a current member of SDFB and have been a member for a minimum of 2 years
  • Include a current transcript with grade point average
  • Must be accepted by an accredited school

How to Apply

To apply head to sdfb.org and send all materials online or to 2225 Dakota Ave S. Huron SD 57350

Deadline

March 15, 2020

South Dakota Bankers Association

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

Five scholarships, one $4,000 scholarship, three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,500 scholarship are available to students attending a South Dakota university or tech school

Eligibility

A junior entering their senior year in 2020-2021 with interest in banking, finance or business

How to Apply

To apply for the SDBA Foundation Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. Visit https://www.sdba.com/college-scholarships to complete the application. 

Deadline

March 27, 2020

Yankton Medical Clinic Scholarship

Program

$1000

Eligibility

A student must be enrolled full time in laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy or nursing program.

How to Apply

To apply for the Yankton medical Clinic scholarship you must meet the qualifications above, complete the scholarship application, submit your transcript, reference letters, and an 800-word max essay. Go to https://www.yanktonmedicalclinic.com/scholarships/ to get the application and see more details.

Deadline

March 27

First Dakota National Bank Scholarship

Program

$5000

Eligibility

  • A high school senior or college student
  • Must have a First Dakota checking account

How to Apply

To apply go to FirstDakota.com/scholarship to download the application 

Deadline

March 10, 2020

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/

Veterans & Military Family Scholarship

To apply for Veterans & Military Family Scholarship, carefully check that you meet the eligibility requirements details at https://www.sinklaw.com/veterans-military-family-scholarship/

In order to participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university for the current financial year.
  • Must be in good academic standing with your current educational institution.
  • The Topic of the essay is "How has being in the military affected your ability to pursue an education?".
  • Must provide your written essay (PDF/Word format preferred) by June 15th, 2020.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA score.
  • The scholarship amount is $1000
  • All essay submissions should be sent to scholarship@sinklaw.com

Elmer C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded by Minnehaha Lodge #5

Scholarship amount: $1000 

Eligibility: Any student enrolled in a four-year college or university in South Dakota who will be an academic junior or senior during the 2020 fall semester. Need not be a South Dakota resident.

How to Apply: Click here to print an application, fill it out. Reference letter, and short statement about future goals

Deadline: Must be received or postmarked no later than Monday. June 15, 2020

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