Dance Scholarships

Dance is a discipline with so much variety that it’s no surprise many students find their passion in one or more of its forms. While a college education can help passionate students pursue careers in dance, finding money for college can be challenging. Fortunately, dance scholarships exist to provide financial aid for deserving artists and performers who are interested in dance.

Whatever the variety, dance requires hard work, talent, and dedication. These traits, and many others possessed by dancers, make dance scholarships a great way to reward students who are likely to succeed in college and in the working world. If you’re currently involved in competitive dance, planning to pursue an education or career related to dance, or just passionate about dance, scholarships exist to help you pay for school. Below are just a few of the dance scholarship awards out there. For more information on dance scholarships, as well as scholarships for your other attributes and interests, conduct a free college scholarship search.

Arts for Life! Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Arts for Life! annually awards $2,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art. Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 375 gifted high school seniors.

In addition to the $2,000 cash award, the Arts for Life! College Matching [...] More

Ashley E. Ketcher Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide educational funds to support an Auburn High School CAPA student planning to attend an accredited college or university.

A. Applicant must be a graduating Auburn High School senior in the CAPA program who
B. Has an interest and prior experience in the performing arts
C. Has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0
D. Has financial need
E. Has [...] More

Austin College Art Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
Austin College art scholarships are awarded to students with talents in studio art, who may or may not intend a major or minor in art. A limited number of awards are available each year and may amount up to $4,000 annually for each recipient. Recipients are required to maintain satisfactory participation in at least one art or art history course each year that they receive the award and must [...] More

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 03, Annually
Established in the year 2000, the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts scholarship program was developed in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that students pursuing a career in the performing arts receive the financial assistance to achieve their [...] More

DDF / DREAM Dance Performing Arts Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
Specifically for High School Seniors who plan to major in a Dance and Performing Arts degree program. The Dream scholarship award is designed to support, improve, and increase opportunities for students who wish to further their dance/performing arts training for a career in dance and the performing arts. Dance Discovery Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and empowering the vitality of our [...] More

Dr. Edward and Anne Link Fund Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Dr. Edward and Anne Link Fund Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Shelby County residents maintaining a college gpa of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale and are pursuing a major in visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing toward a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary [...] More

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarships
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
The scholarship was endowed with funds provided by the Belin family and has become a prestigious annual award. The scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to artists of outstanding aptitude and promise in the fine arts. It is intended to aid the recipients in their development into professional artists.

The recipient may use the money for formal or informal study or travel [...] More

Furman University Art Scholarships
Application Deadlines:
Art scholarships are competitive scholarships awarded on the basis of portfolio submissions. Prospective students must submit portfolios to the head of the Department of Art by November 15 (early decision) or January 15th (regular decision).

To learn more about this scholarship and other opportunities available at Furman, please visit our [...] More

HEEF Arts Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 19, Annually
The Arts Scholarship Fund, founded in 1999, awards scholarships to high school students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing an education and/or career in any of the various fields of the arts including the performance of music, drama, dance, and the creativity of visual art such as fine art and graphic [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Dance
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
Each year at Hope College up to 60 Distinguished Artist Award (DAA) scholarships are given to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing. Renewable for four years, the DAA's provide eligible students with $2,500 each year toward their college costs. DAA recipients also take part in a variety of opportunities set up to [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts
Application Deadlines: February 02, Annually
At the time of application, student applicants must be enrolled at the senior class level in an Iowa high school and display proven artistic ability in the areas of music, dance, visual arts, theater or literature.

Scholarship funds are awarded contingent upon recipients being accepted as full-time undergraduate students at a fully-accredited Iowa college or university. For more information [...] More

JSU Alabama Drama Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
This scholarship is for full-time JSU students interested in theater. In addition to the on-line application, applicant should make arrangements for an audition as directed on the Drama Departments website.

For more information on this award, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

MSU Moorhead Freshman Talent Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
MSUM Talent Scholarships are available to Minnesota State University Moorhead students who demonstrate exceptional talent in areas of art, music, speech or theatre arts. Department faculty select talent awards. Contact the departments directly for more information and application [...] More

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Awards are $5000 for first place, $3000 for second and $2000 for third.
-You must be a resident of Mississippi and enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi High School graduating in 2016.
-You must sing, dance or play a musical instrument and submit a performance MP4 video for review by the selection committee. If chosen as semi-finalist, you will be invited to perform live at the [...] More

Last Edited: October 2015

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