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.

First Dakota National Bank Scholarship

Program

$1000

Eligibility
  • 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. 
  • Student may not use scholarship towards a graduate degree. 
  • Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.
  • At the time of application, student must have a FirstChoice checking account and demonstrate satisfactory account maintenance.
  • If you would like to apply for the FirstChoice Scholarship and do not currently have an account, stop by any First Dakota location and open one today. You will enjoy the benefits! 
How to Apply 

Click here

Deadline

Applications must be postmarked by March 6, 2017.

First Premier Bank and Premier Bank Card

Program

$1000 to 18 students 

Eligibility

The student or the parent must be current customers in markets with First Premier Bank Locations. In Huron or Dakota Dunes, the student must attend the specified local high school. 

How to Apply

Visit firstpremier.com/scholarships

Deadline

Postmarked by Friday, March 17, 2017

Nursing Education Scholarship

Program

$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.

Eligibility
  • 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.

Deadline

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.

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

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.

SD Board of Nursing Education Scholarship Program

Program

$1000

Eligibility

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

Program

Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation

Eligibility
  • 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 http://smart.asee.org/
 

The South Dakota Bankers Foundation

Program

1-$4000

3-$3000

Eligibility 

Must be a junior with expressed interest in banking, finance, or business. 

How to Apply

Please see financial aid office for application forms. 

Deadline

March 3, 2017

South Dakota Farm Bureau 2017 Scholarship

Program

Amounts vary from year to year 

Eligibility
  • Applicant, his/her parents or guardians must be a current member of SDFB for two years
  • Applicant must be accepted by an accredited school or higher learning and planning to study a minimum of one year as a full-time student
  • Applicant must be 17 or older, a high school graduate, or a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in college
  • Full details are available in the Application Form (see below) 
How to Apply

Click here for the application. Print the application and mail in completed form to address on the application. 

Deadline

Must be received by no later than March 15, 2017.

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

South Dakota Retailers Association

Program

 $500-$2250 (amounts vary from year to year) 

Eligibility

Students who intend to enroll in retail or business-related course of study at a vocational school, university or college, or online. 

How to Apply

Visit www.sdra.org and fill out the 2017 application. 

Deadline

Must be postmarked, emailed or faxed by April 17th, 2017

TransCanada Community Leaders Scholarship

Program

$1,000

Eligibility
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • You are from a community near TransCanada’s proposed projects, projects under construction and/or operating assets;
  • You are or will be enrolled in this calendar year in a full-time, post-secondary program at a registered education institute;
  • You demonstrate a strong commitment to your community;
  • You consent to communications with TransCanada regarding the scholarship and your progress throughout the program; and
  • You provide all information required by TransCanada.
How to Apply

Visit TransCanada Empower Communities Scholarships

Deadline

April 15, 2017

TransCanada Indigenous Legacy Scholarship

Program

$5,000

Eligibility
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • You identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Native American;
  • You are a member of an Indigenous community near TransCanada’s proposed projects, projects under construction and/or operating assets;
  • You are or will be enrolled in this calendar year in a full-time, post-secondary program at a registered education institute;
  • You consent to communications with TransCanada regarding the scholarship and your progress throughout the program;
  • You provide all information required by TransCanada to verify statements made in this application, to administer payment and to maintain communications.
How to Apply

Visit TransCanada Empower Communities Scholarships

Deadline

April 15, 2017

TransCanada Trades Scholarship

Program

$1000 

Eligibility
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • You are from a community near TransCanada’s proposed projects, projects under construction and/or operating assets;
  • You are or will be enrolled in this calendar year in a full-time, post-secondary trades program relevant to the skill sets required by the energy industry including electrical, instrumentation, welding, millwright, pipefitter, machinist, heavy equipment operator, power operator, heavy duty mechanic, etc;
  • You consent to communications with TransCanada regarding the scholarship and your progress throughout the program; and
  • You provide all information required by TransCanada.
How to Apply

Visit TransCanada Empower Communities Scholarships

Deadline

April 15, 2017

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

Program

$1000

Eligibility

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.

Yankton Medical Clinic

Program

$1,000

Eligibility 

Must be a student currently enrolled in laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, or nursing program. Preference will be given to those with an intention to return to work in one of the above mentioned fields within a 50 mile radius of Yankton 

How to Apply

Please see attached document.

Deadline 

March 27, 2017

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