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.

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


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

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.

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 & Professional Women's Organization Scholarship

The Sioux Falls Business & Professional Women's organization is pleased to announce that they will be awarding a $500 scholarship this year to be used for post-secondary education expenses. To complete and submit an online application, please use the following link:

From the Home Page, scroll down until you see the Scholarship icon and click. This will bring up the Scholarship information and a red button entitled "2022 SCHOLARSHIP FORM" to begin the application. You will be required to enter your first & last name and email address to begin.

Application deadline is 5/2/2022. Awards will be presented at the August Membership Meeting.

Any questions can be directed to Rebecca Zabel by phone at (605) 630-5105 or email at

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.

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