Private Scholarships and Grants

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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.

Sioux Falls Business & Professional Women’s Organization

The Sioux Falls Business & Professional Women’s organization is awarding a $500 scholarship this year. 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 "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 5/1/2021.  Awards will be presented at the August Membership Meeting.

Mrs. Schaefer Scholarship

Gloria Schaefer, teacher and motivational speaker, lived her life demonstrating love of the Lord, of family, of friends and appreciation for new acquaintances. Known as “Mrs. Schaefer” to hundreds of students, Gloria’s family now supports her legacy by providing an annual scholarship award to a junior or senior collegiate student who exemplifies Schaefer’s energy and selfless dedication to others. Though academic success is considered, the nominee must demonstrate drive and integrity. Most importantly, the candidate should be known for humble appreciation of family, friends and strangers.

The value of each annual scholarship is $1,000.00.

Qualifications: The student, a collegiate level junior or senior, must be in good standing at an accredited school in the state of South Dakota.

Application deadline: must be emailed on or before May 8th to

Application process:

  1. A letter of support must be provided and include the following:
    1. Name, position, and college contact information of the nominator.
    2. Name and contact information for the nominated student.
    3. Details supporting the student’s nomination.
  2. Accounts of contributions to the good of others.
  3. Future plans to benefit others.
  4. Documentation showing the student is enrolled and in good standing with the college.

Those submitting a nomination will receive written confirmation.

The finalist nominees will be contacted by the scholarship committee for further interview by June 13.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

South Dakota Retailers Scholarship

The South Dakota Retailers Association is accepting scholarship applications for the school year that starts in the fall of 2021. Scholarships will be awarded to students who intend to enroll in a retail or business-related course of study at a technical college, university, or eligible online program.

Additional Scholarship Resources