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 400 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 the Ashley E. Ketcher Memorial Scholarship is to provide educational funds to support an Auburn High School CAPA student planning to attend an accredited college or university.

-Applicant must be a graduating Auburn High School senior in the CAPA program who
-Has an interest and prior experience in the performing arts
-Has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0
-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. 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 remain full-time students in good academic standing. [...] More

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 29, Annually
This award is for full-time students with majors in the performing arts including, but not limited to, drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands, and other musical ensembles.

-U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
-Currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time undergraduate student
-Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
-Pursuing a major and career in a [...] More

DDF/DREAM Dance Performing Arts Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
Specifically for college students and high school seniors who are enrolled 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 [...] More

Furman University Art Scholarships
Application Deadlines:
Art Department Scholarships are available for incoming students who wish to actively participate in the Art Department either as majors or non-majors. We have a number of competitive scholarships that can be combined with any academic merit-based scholarships students receive on the basis of their application for admission. The awarding process is based on a careful review of the student's [...] More

HEEF Arts Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 19, Annually
Students must enroll in a four-year college and major in: art, dance, drama, music, performance art, video, visual arts, new media or related major. May be renewable based on available funding.

-Latino/a who has lived in Orange County (OC), CA for the past six (6) years
-An OC public or private high school graduate who enrolls full-time at a four-year college or an OC community [...] 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 01, 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 15, Annually
Each year, the JSU drama department awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to talented, hard-working drama students. Scholarships are awarded through an application process that includes auditions or interviews. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to JSU productions and high academic standards.

For their audition or portfolio review, students should prepare:

Performance [...] More

MSU Moorhead Incoming Freshman Talent Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
MSUM Talent Scholarships are awarded to Minnesota State University Moorhead students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the areas of art, music, cinema arts and digital technologies or theater arts. Department faculty select talent awards. Contact the departments directly for more information and application procedures.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
-You must be a resident of Mississippi and enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi high school
-You must sing, dance or play a musical instrument and submit a performance MP4 video for review by the selection committee. If chosen as a semi-finalist, you will be invited to perform live at the Finale to be held in Tupelo, Mississippi on a date to be announced later. You must be able [...] More

Last Edited: October 2015

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