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 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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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

SD Bankers Foundation Scholarship

Program: 1-$4000, 3-$3000, and 1-$1500 
Eligibility: University Juniors expressing an interest in banking, finance, or business.
How to Apply: Please complete this application
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Northwestern Mutual’ s Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship and Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship

Program: $5,000 in awards to be given
Eligibility: Please refer to the following PDFs.

Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship
Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship

How to Apply:
To apply go to:
To apply go to:

2019 GBHEM Scholarship

Program: Scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000. The average amount awarded is about $1,000.


  • Incoming or current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students at one of the United Methodist-related colleges or universities
  • Member of any United Methodist Church for at least one year
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

How to Apply:

Deadline: March 7, 2019

Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Application 2019-20

Initial Eligibility Criteria

  • Agree in writing to stay in South Dakota and work in a critical teaching need occupation for five years after graduating from a participating  postsecondary institution;
  • Agree, through a promissory note, that failure to abide by the employment requirement above will result in the scholarship being converted into an interest-bearing loan;
  • Attend a participating South Dakota postsecondary institution as an undergraduate enrolled in your final two years of postsecondary education and be fully admitted in an elementary or secondary education program at the institution that is preparing you to work in a critical need teaching area;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; and
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA on 4.0 scale and an average of 2.8 GPA for all major coursework. 
  • Scholarship term is one year. Junior recipients will need to re-apply for the scholarship to receive funding a second year. 


2019-2020 Application (PDF version). 
2019-2020 Application (Electronic version)

Deadline: April 15th, 2019

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $7000
Each scholarship has a different eligibility requirement
Apply by visiting
Each scholarship has a different deadline so please see this list of scholarships.

2019 US TransCanada Scholarship Program

Students can apply online at from Jan. 14, 2019 until May 17, 2019. The Program offers Scholarships to students in three categories, including 75 scholarships specifically for Native American students: 

TransCanada Indigenous Legacy Scholarship (75 scholarships at $5,000 each) – awarded to Indigenous (Native American) students pursuing any full-time, post-secondary program at a registered education institute.

TransCanada Community Leaders Scholarship (100 scholarships at $2,500 each) – awarded to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities through volunteerism, leadership and other activities.

TransCanada Trades Scholarship (75 scholarships at $2,500 each) – awarded to students who are studying skilled trades relevant to our business.

Apply for our Indigenous Legacy Scholarship

Apply for a TransCanada Scholarship

Sioux Falls Business & Professional Women Scholarship

The Sioux Falls Business & Professional Women's organization is pleased to announce that we will be awarding two $500 scholarships this year to be used for post-secondary education expenses. 

To complete and submit an online application for consideration, please click on the following link or copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

From the Home Page, scroll down till you see the Scholarship icon and click.  This will bring up the Scholarship information and a red button entitled "2019 SCHOLARSHIP FORM" to begin the application.  You will be required to enter your first & last name and email address to begin. 

Application deadline is 5/1/2019.  Awards will be presented at our August Membership Meeting. 

2019 First Dakota Scholarship

First Dakota National Bank understands the importance of higher education. We support our communities and the youth within them. In order to encourage students to pursue furthering their education, First Dakota is proud to offer scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 up to a total of $25,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. Please follow eligibility requirements below and turn in your application soon!


  • Student must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident.  
  • Student must be a high school senior or currently attending a post-secondary accredited American college, vocational technical school, or university.
  • Student must plan to attend an accredited post-high school college, university, vocational technical school, community college or junior college on a full-time basis.
  • Student must provide confirmation of enrollment. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the school.
  • Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.
  • At the time of application, student must have a First Dakota checking account and demonstrate satisfactory account maintenance.
  • If you would like to apply for the First Dakota Student Scholarship and do not currently have an account, stop by any First Dakota location and open one today. You will enjoy the benefits!

Download your application at

First PREMIER Bank Scholarship

At First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, we believe one of the best investments we can make is in our youth. That's why we offer high school seniors the opportunity to apply for one of 18 scholarships for $2,000 to be awarded in 2019.

While academics are important, the PREMIER Community Scholarship also emphasizes leadership, community service and character, as it is our shared belief that rewarding young leaders who excel inside and outside of the classroom is a smart investment for us all.

To qualify for a PREMIER Community Scholarship, the student or parent must be a current customer in markets with First PREMIER Bank locations. In Huron or Dakota Dunes, the student must attend the specified local high school.

To begin your application process and receive all the necessary details, simply select a location below. To be considered, all applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 22, 2019.

Details can be found at:

P.E.O. Scholarship

Program: $550 minimum
Eligibility: High school senior girl in the top half of her class.
How to Apply: Applications are available in the Mitchell High School or Mitchell Christian High School guidance offices
Deadline: April 1, 2019

SDTA Memorial Scholarship

Program: $2000 or $1500 for 2019 Fall Semester

Eligibility: Students who have completed at least 24 credit hours of post-secondary instruction in South Dakota

How to Apply: Click here to complete the application

Deadline: May 31st, 2019

2018 General Marketing Education Scholarship

Program: annual $1000
Eligibility: Any student enrolled in any accredited college
How to Apply: 1000 word essay submitted here
Deadline: December 15th, 2019

Annual Depression Treatment Education Scholarship

Program: annual $1000
Eligibility: Any student enrolled in any accredited college
How to Apply: 1000 word essay on depression submitted here
Deadline: December 15th, 2019

Student Loan Consolidation Scholarship

Program: one time $500
Eligibility: Any female student enrolled in any accredited college
How to Apply: 800-word essay on the importance of women in the workplace submitted here
Deadline: December 31st, 2019

Paradigm San Francisco General Education Scholarship

Program: annual $1000
Eligibility: Any student enrolled in any accredited college
How to Apply: 1000 word essay submitted here
Deadline: July 1st, 2019

Villarreal Personal Injury Attorney Scholarship

Program: $1000
Eligibility: Any high school senior or college student (freshman, sophomore or junior) who has a passion for law. Priority is given to those who have an interest in litigation.
How to Apply: 2000 word essay submitted here
Deadline: July 1st, 2019

KB Delta Scholarship

Program: annual $1000
Eligibility: any student enrolled in an accredited college
How to Apply: 1000 word essay submitted here
Deadline: July 1st, 2019

American Pavilion Annual General Education Scholarship

Program: annual $1000
Eligibility: any student enrolled in an accredited college
How to Apply: 1000 word essay submitted here
Deadline: July 1st, 2019

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, 2019

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