Scholarships and Giving

Many who give to DAA experience the satisfaction of knowing their gift makes a real difference in the life of a young person. You help in “Build Friendships for Eternity.” Your gifts will help us serve this generation and beyond. Working together we can help our youth build friendships for eternity and a home in heaven.


Annual Fund Goal:  $275,000/yr
Gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted donations that are valuable to the operation of the school. They contribute to the stability and security of the school program and are applied where the need is greatest.


Worthy Student Fund Goal:  $125,000/yr
These gifts go to work immediately in assisting students with financial needs. Currently approximately half of our students receive assistance from this fund. Support is needed annually, especially in these financially difficult times.


Dorm Renovation Goal:  $80,000/yr
Our students spend many hours in their dorm rooms throughout the school year. It is their home away from home. Here they study, sleep, relax, and spend personal time in worship. In addition, the dorms are used during alumni weekends, camp meetings, and other special events.


Gifts of a non-monetary nature will benefit the school. They enrich programs and capital improvement. Examples could include furniture, landscape materials, library books, or musical instruments.


Special Funds:
Donors may give to a variety of programs including music, mission trips, art, basketball, or special projects. These enrich the quality of the programs offered to our students.


Gifts of Time & Talent:
Do you have time or expertise in an area that might benefit DAA? Contact us to see what projects need assistance and how we might work together.


Memorial Gifts:
Gifts may be made in memory of a loved one or a classmate.


Non-cash gifts:
Donations of shares of stock, land, and crops are just a few ideas for non-cash donations.


Kungel Family Endowment Fund:
Dakota Conference Corporation is pleased to announce the Kungel Family Endowment Fund. Established by Leonhardt & Darlene Kungel, this fund will provide two Dakota students each a $1500 scholarship to attend DAA annually beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Recipients must be baptized members within the Dakota Conference (if not yet baptized, regularly attending church). Recipients will be selected by a scholarship committee at the start of first semester, and awarded funds will be credited to Dakota Adventist Academy for the recipients’ benefit upon successful completion of the school year. Financial need will be a primary criteria, though scholarship (GPA) and citizenship activities will be taken into consideration.

Anyone wishing to help expand the impact of this fund through donation please make your check out to Dakota Conference Corporation, memo “Kungel Family Scholarship." Mail to the Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 7200 N. Washington St, Bismarck, ND 58503-6301.


PVA-Ron Purkapile Student Scholarship Fund:
About two weeks prior to passing away (May 4, 2016) Ron Purkapile had a conversation with Everett Schlisner about possible uses for the funds in the PVA alumni account. His suggestion was to set up a fund that would benefit students from South Dakota who wanted to attend DAA. Donors would also be able to donate to this fund so that it would continue to grow and benefit South Dakota students.

At their last official business meeting June 2016, Plainview Academy alumni wholeheartedly embraced the idea and established the PVA-Ron Purkapile South Dakota Student Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide scholarship grants to benefit students whose home church is located in South Dakota and who are enrolled in and attending Dakota Adventist Academy. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or greater and maintain good citizenship standing. These students will be selected on a yearly basis by the scholarship committee.

Grants will be awarded one time during the school year during second semester. Individual grants shall not exceed $750 and total grants within the school year shall not exceed $1,500 or 15% of total scholarship assets at the time the grants are awarded. Grants will be paid to Dakota Adventist Academy for the benefit of the recipients. The funds are held by the Dakota Conference Corporation.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the fund should make their check out to Dakota Conference Corporation, mark it for the PVA-Purkapile Scholarship and mail it to Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 7200 N. Washington St, Bismarck, ND 58503-6301.


Frank & Lulu Saunders Scholarship - College Students:
Two types of grants are available through the Frank & Lulu Saunders Scholarship to students holding church membership in the Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Enrollment must be in a post-secondary educational institution that is listed in the most recent official Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Click here for more information.


Legacy Gifts:
Annual gifts such as those above play a vital part in the operation of our academy. Vital, too, are those gifts that are left in the form of a legacy through your estate plans. As you determine how your estate will be handled after your death, you can plan to give a portion to DAA. These gifts have tax implications and are often transmitted through a legal document such as a Will or Trust.


Endowment Gifts:
These gifts are a major contribution to the school’s future stability and are often considered a legacy gift. These gifts, held by the Dakota Conference Corporation, include permanent funds that provide lasting financial resources to DAA and its programs. Invested in interest-earning accounts, the income is used annually for the designated purpose of the endowment. They are a gift that “keeps on giving,” a “lasting legacy.” Dakota Conference currently holds three endowments and a board-designated endowment which benefit DAA. Each year a portion of the earnings are sent to DAA to help with operating costs or scholarships.

As you consider this type of gift we encourage you to consult your CPA or your attorney, You may also want to speak with Conference or DAA administration to understand the areas of need at the Academy. Undesignated gifts that are received through estates are unrestricted and their use will be determined by the K-12 Board of Education.

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