Private Scholarships and Grants

Find Additional Funding

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.

American Red Cross

Program Benefits

Participating students must agree to:

  • A $2000 scholarship
  • A two-week internship at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington D.C.
    • Program dates: June 5 to 16, 2023 (travel dates June 4/June 17)
  • Roundtrip transportation to Washington D.C., room, board, and stipend
  • Coaching and mentoring by senior American Red Cross leadership and representatives from NAIA and NCCAA
  • An opportunity to make a significant impact on your campus and community through organizing successful blood drives that help save lives

Please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/rccl.html for more details.

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

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 citizensbank.com/scholarship for more details or to apply.

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.

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


Attachments

  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
eowync@dakotarural.org
(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 blooddonor@lifeservebloodcenter.org, or through social media to get started! Learn more at https://www.lifeservebloodcenter.org/host-a-drive/student-opportunities/.

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.

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

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

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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