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The Department of Dance has a limited number of highly competitive scholarships that are offered in recognition of excellence in choreography, performance, and/or academic achievement to full-time undergraduate and graduate dance majors. The excellence scholarships are given to continuing students, other scholarships may be given to continuing students or to incoming graduate students demonstrating potential for artistic and academic success. These awards typically range from $500 - $1000. Some awards may include a waiver of out-of-state tuition. Students who receive scholarships are asked to volunteer four service hours each semester to help support the many activities of the department. Scholarships are awarded for one-year. Except where noted, undergraduates must have a GPA of 3.5 and graduate students a GPA of 3.8 to be eligible.

All graduate students accepted to the M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Department of Dance are considered for available graduate student scholarships in Dance. The graduate program application materials required by the Dance Department serve as the scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded in May at the annual Dance Celebration Luncheon.

Scholarships Awarded by the Department of Dance

Awarded to a continuing graduate or undergraduate student for accomplishments in performance. Recognizing excellence (achievement beyond expected norms) in performance, the award selection is made by the full-time faculty based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in stage presence, physicality, technical clarity, artistry, awareness and effectively communicating the idea of the work in performance whether through the use of interpretation, imitation or improvisation.
  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in the ability to engage creatively in working processes in rehearsal to aid the successful realization of the work whether in collaboration with or in service to the choreographer’s artistic vision.
  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in professional work ethics in the rehearsal and performance processes: promptness, self-directedness, integrity, consideration of others and the commitment to the successful realization of the creative endeavor underway.
  • All of the above are predicated on the student’s successful academic and artistic participation within the dance major as a whole.

Excellence in Choreography Scholarship Award

Awarded to a continuing graduate or undergraduate student for accomplishments in choreography. Recognizing excellence (achievement beyond expected norms) in choreography, the award selection is made by the full-time faculty based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in the role of artist/ choreographer toward the successful realization of artistic vision.
  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in the role of leader throughout the choreographic process toward the realization of artistic vision: leading all members of the cast in a fruitful realization of the artistic vision.
  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in professional work ethics in the rehearsal and performance processes: promptness, self-directedness, integrity, consideration of others and the commitment to the successful realization of the creative endeavor underway.
  • All of the above are predicated on the student’s successful academic and artistic participation within the dance major as a whole.

Excellence in Research/Writing Scholarship Award

Awarded to a continuing graduate or undergraduate student for accomplishments in research/writing. Recognizing excellence (achievement beyond expected norms) in research/writing, the award selection is made by the full-time faculty based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in research, writing and presentation of dance scholarship.
  • Contribution of research, beyond course and degree requirements, of publication quality scholarship that may or may not have been presented in a public forum.
  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment as an independent researcher: commitment to in depth exploration of a topic, self-directedness, integrity, and ability to communicate effectively in forms appropriate to the research agenda.
  • All of the above are predicated on the student’s successful academic and artistic participation within the dance major as a whole.

Aileene S. Lockhart Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship endowed by Professor Emerita Aileene S. Lockhart. Criteria include: 1) Academic and/or artistic achievement, 2) Graduate student but may be given to an undergraduate if no graduate student meets criteria, 3) must be a U.S. citizen.

Frankie B. Clark Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship endowed in memory of Frankie B. Clark, a former student of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Criteria: Must be a full-time student taking at least the minimum hours to qualify as a full-time student (12 credit hrs.) and have a C (2.00) GPA or higher. Scholarship should be awarded on the basis of financial need. Award may be given to an entering freshman.

Dance Scholarship Fund and Dance Endowment Fund Scholarships
Scholarships to recognize academic and/or artistic excellence. May be given to new or returning graduate and undergraduate students. Funds used to support Excellence Scholarships.

In addition to the above scholarships, all new students are encouraged to seek scholarship support and/or financial assistance through the Office of Financial Aid. There are numerous university-wide scholarships and a variety of financial aid opportunities for which both undergraduate and graduate dance majors have been very competitive. Many of these awards are designated for incoming undergraduate and graduate students. See the General Catalog for specific information and contact the Office of Financial Aid directly. It is imperative that all application deadlines be met -- contact the Office of Financial Aid and pay very close attention to these deadlines and all application directions. The application deadline for University scholarships is March 1.

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