Scholarships and Opportunities

McGovern Scholarship
Friends of the mcgovern '72 campaign

The goal of the McGovern Scholarship is to honor the senator and the 1972 campaign volunteers while educating and inspiring future generations of student activists to volunteerism, public service and to work for a just society. The 2014 McGovern Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive scholarship awarded to an outstanding high school senior who demonstrates exemplary leadership and service to her/his local, regional or global communities. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 1090 SAT to compete for the McGovern Scholarship. Those competing for the McGovern Scholarship must have applied and been accepted for admission and must have submitted a current leadership and service resume and personal references. Attendance at DWU’s Randall Scholarship Day is required and a personal interview will be conducted.

About the Friends of the McGovern '72 Campaign
The Friends of the McGovern '72 Campaign Scholarship fund was established in 2012 through the Leonard and Sophie Davis Foundation in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the presidential campaign in honor of Senator George S. McGovern and the 1972 McGovern Presidential Campaign Volunteers. Thousands of 1972 campaign volunteers’ lives have been positively impacted by their volunteerism and by the life and legacy of Sen. McGovern. The McGovern Scholarship serves as a tribute to Sen. McGovern, who was a gifted politician and a remarkable humanitarian. 

DWU International Travel ScholarshipsDWU International Travel Scholarships are made possible by generous donations from DWU supporters who believe that international experiences are important to a liberal arts education.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Full-time student
  • Completed application and submitted essay by Dec. 15, 2013

Please email a cover letter and essay to Dr. Alisha Vincent ( by Dec. 15, 2013

Cover letter:
The cover letter should include the following information, centered within the page:

  • Applicant’s full name (first, middle and last)
  • Mailing address, including zip code
  • Telephone number and email address
  • Indicate major (if known, otherwise list "undecided")

Please write a short essay (no more than two pages) answering the following questions:

  • Why are international experiences an important component of your Dakota Wesleyan experience?
  • How will you use your gifts and talents and/or apply your DWU education while in your international setting?

Students who submit an incomplete application will not be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarships are to be used exclusively for trip-related expenses, such as airline travel and lodging. No cash awards will be made. Awards will be deposited into students’ trip account in the DWU business office. 

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