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.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women

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.

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.

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.

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:
Deadline: November 18, 2020

College Ave Student Loan Search


Access multiple college scholarships offering. Find scholarships that match your talent and interests.

How to Apply

Click here for more information.

College Ave Monthly Scholarship


$1000 a month (You can enter every month, even if you have won in the past.)

How to Apply

Click here for more information.

Veterans & Military Family Scholarship

To apply for Veterans & Military Family Scholarship, carefully check that you meet the eligibility requirements details at

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

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

Wells Fargo Scholarships

College Covered

Scholarship Flyer

Scholarship amount: $5000 

Eligibility: Any student 

How to Apply: Enter early at 

Deadline: Sweepstakes run from February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. 

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.

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