Scholarships

Photo of two female dancers in red and blue dresses
Photo by Jesse Scroggins.

The TWU Department of Dance offers scholarships in recognition of excellence in choreography, performance, and/or academic achievement to full-time undergraduate and graduate dance majors. Our excellence scholarships are given to continuing students, while our 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 - $1,000. Some awards may include an out-of-state tuition waiver. Students who receive scholarships are asked to volunteer 4 service hours each semester in support 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 criteria are predicated on the student’s successful academic and artistic participation within the dance major as a whole.

All graduate students accepted to the M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. dance programs 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.

In addition to the below scholarships, all new students are encouraged to seek scholarship support and/or financial assistance through the Office of Financial Aid

Scholarships Awarded by the Department of Dance

Excellence in Performance Scholarship Award

Awarded to a continuing graduate or undergraduate student for accomplishments in performance. The award selection is made by the full-time faculty based on the demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in the following areas:

  • stage presence, physicality, technical clarity, artistry, and awareness.
  • effective communication through the use of interpretation, imitation or improvisation.
  • ability to engage creatively during rehearsal while in collaboration with or in service to the choreographer’s artistic vision.
  • professional work ethic during rehearsal and performance: promptness, self-directedness, integrity, consideration of others and the commitment to the creative endeavor underway.

Excellence in Choreography Scholarship Award

Awarded to a continuing graduate or undergraduate student for accomplishments in choreography. The award selection is made by the full-time faculty based on the demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in the following areas:

  • in the role of artist/choreographer toward the successful realization of artistic vision.
  • in the role of leader throughout the choreographic process: leading all members of the cast in a fruitful realization of the artistic vision.
  • professional work ethic during rehearsal and performance processes: promptness, self-directedness, integrity, consideration of others and the commitment to the creative endeavor underway.

Excellence in Research/Writing Scholarship Award

Awarded to a continuing graduate or undergraduate student for accomplishments in research/writing. The award selection is made by the full-time faculty based on the demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in the following areas:

  • research, writing and presentation of dance scholarship.
  • contribution of publication quality research beyond course and degree requirements.
  • commitment to in-depth exploration of a topic, self-directedness, integrity, and ability to communicate effectively as an independent researcher.

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 will 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 that recognize academic and/or artistic excellence and may be given to new or returning graduate and undergraduate students. Funds are used to support Excellence Scholarships. For more information about donating to our scholarship fund, please visit our Donations page.

Page last updated 9:56 AM, October 3, 2016