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.

Big Sun Scholarship




The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community

How to Apply

Please visit Big Sun Athletics to learn how to apply


June 19, 2018   

Brian Meyer Memorial Scholarship


1-$1250 and 1-$625


Must have completed at least two semesters at any accredited post-secondary school in South Dakota. 
Applicant or applicant’s family must be a subscriber of a South Dakota Telecommunications Association member company as shown below. 

  • Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc.
  • Beresford Municipal Telephone Co.
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Tele. Authority
  • Faith Municipal Telephone Company
  • Fort Randall Telephone Company
  • Golden West Telecommunications
  • Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative
  • James Valley Telecommunications
  • Kennebec Telephone Company, Inc.
  • Midstate Communications
  • Roberts County Telephone Coop./ RC Comm.
  • Santel Communications Cooperative
  • Swiftel Communications
  • TrioTel Communications, Inc.
  • Valley Telecommunications Cooperative
  • Venture Cooperative/Western Telephone
  • West River Cooperative Telephone Co.
  • West River Telecommunications Cooperative

Scholarship must be used at a post-secondary educational institution in South Dakota including public and private universities, technical schools or community colleges.

How to Apply

You may apply at 


October, 31, 2017

Nursing Education Scholarship


$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.

  • 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.


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.


We are partnered with 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, you’ll know ahead of time at least how much financial aid you can depend on. Make sure to complete your Portfolio by your senior year. doesn’t cost any money to use, so start earning by signing up here.

Ruddy Scholarship (Nursing)

There is an excellent opportunity for financial assistance at the Dakota Wesleyan University Nursing Program. The Ruddy Nursing Scholarship is awarded each year. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, room, board, books and other necessary college expenses. Award is based on financial need, professional potential and commitment to caring. The scholarships are available to students who have been admitted to the nursing program. Applicants will be considered only after the admission process to the nursing program is completed.

Click here for more information and how to apply

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.

SD Board of Nursing Education Scholarship Program




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.

SMART Scholarship


Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2012,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by the SMART application) and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.
How to Apply

Fill out application form available in the Financial Aid Office or Online at the link provided. Additional information is available 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.

Voiture 481 Nursing Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunity!

Voiture 481, 40 et 8, which is a local chapter of an independent veterans society, is sponsoring one or more scholarships to nurses.  The number of scholarships and the amount of each scholarship will be determined by the local American Legion scholarship committee.  Scholarship applications are due in the nursing department office by Friday, November 4th.  Any scholarship money awarded can be used for the spring 2017 semester.  The last two DWU nurses awarded scholarships from the 40 et 8 Society each received $500.00.

Students need to be enrolled in the DWU nursing program. Students do not have to be a veteran or in the military. The scholarship application is attached and copies are available in the nursing department office.

Scholarship Application

Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes




If you're a high school or college student and you sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo, you will automatically be entered in the CollegeSTEPS program

How to Apply

For more information and an online application, click here.

Zenaptic Chiropractic Scholarship

Dr. Troy Dreiling and Zenaptic Chiropractic are proud to announce this 1st annual scholarship for students at DWU This scholarship was created with college students in mind. Higher education has become increasingly expensive. This expense has also become increasingly necessary. This scholarship is designed to help a current or prospective student in their college career. Applicants will be required to answer a simple question and the winner will be selected by a committee by the end of May 2018.

One winner will be selected and receive $1000 towards higher education.


The following people are eligible for the scholarship:

  • High school students graduating in 2017 and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, community college or design school.
  • Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, community college or design school.

To apply, please answer this question, "How you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school?" Your answer should be under 500 words for this short essay.

Application Process:

Zenaptic Chiropractic Scholarship application

Submission Deadline:

May 1st, 2018

Winner Selection:

The winner will be selected in May 2018. The winner will be contacted and have two weeks to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected.

Additional Scholarship Resources