DWU Scholarships

Virtually 100 percent of DWU students receive some form of financial assistance with a significant number receiving merit, talent or athletic scholarships as part of that financial assistance.


Students who apply and are accepted for admission will be considered for academic scholarships based on their high school GPA and standardized testing scores (ACT/SAT). College transfer students are also eligible for scholarships based on previous college GPA. Click here for information on transfer scholarship qualifications.



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  • Institutional aid (scholarships, awards and grants) may not exceed the cost of tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University in any given year. 
  • Any student receiving a minimum of $12,000 in institutional aid is required to live on campus. 
  • First-time freshman scholarships or awards may be increased if the student’s GPA or ACT/SAT score increases before March 1 of the student’s senior year. Questions can be directed to the admissions office. 
  • Scholarships and awards are offered to full-time students, and most scholarships or awards are renewable for up to 10 semesters. Most Dakota Wesleyan University students complete their schooling in eight semesters. 
Competitive Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota Wesleyan University recognizes academically successful high school seniors who display a strong talent for leadership and service, as well as a commitment to their faith and church. Competitive scholarships require participation at one of two scholarship days.

For Transfer Students

DWU Transfer Award
These awards range from $4,000- $12,000 based on previous academic performance.

Phi Theta Kappa Award
Member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible. Verification of Phi Theta Kappa chapter membership by a chapter adviser is required. Awards given up to $2,000.

For United Methodist StudentsDWU United Methodist Recognition Award
Students must be a confirmed member of the United Methodist Church for at least a year. Certification form required.

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 click here.

For Athletic, Music and Theatre Students

Awards are determined by coach or director, and audition or other assessment may be required in order to determine the student’s award. Please visit with the respective coach or director. These awards are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Other Scholarships

Christian Leadership Award
An award of up to $4,000 is available to a high school senior student who demonstrates strong commitment to youth leadership in her/his local church and pledges to be active in student ministry at DWU. Students are not required to be United Methodist. For more information, please click here.

Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
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