Scholarship Opportunities

The goal of the NYCDA Foundation College Scholarship Program is to award multiple 4 year college scholarships, primarily with total values of $5,000-$25,000. These scholarships will be awarded as tuition payments directly to the college of YOUR choice. The scholarship recipient must pursue a performance-based major (dance, musical theater BA or BFA program) in college.

In 2019, the Foundation established a program recognizing those dancers who choose to attend a certificate program. Dancers choosing to pursue certain certificate programs will receive 50% of the amount they were originally awarded. Please check with the NYCDA Foundation to make sure the program you are planning on attending qualifies. (NYCDA Foundation scholarships may not be used for programs affiliated with Steps on Broadway.)

Since our inception in 2010, the foundation itself has awarded over $4,000,000 in college scholarships. NYCDA Foundation scholarship recipients are now represented in 45 prestigious arts programs across the country.

Scholarships are awarded each year through an application and audition process.

July 5, 2023: This scholarship audition opportunity is being offered in conjunction with the NYCDA 4-day National Summer Workshop at the Sheraton New York. The audition will consist of a ballet class, a contemporary class, and potential interviews. A separate application is needed to audition.

To apply, visit: https://app.getacceptd.com/nycdance

The tentative schedule for July 5th is as follows. (Subject to change.)

8:00 AM Registration/Warm Up for Students who just graduated from High School and are committed to a college Fall of 2023

8:30-10:30 AM Ballet Audition Class for Students who just graduated from High School and are committed to a college Fall of 2023

10:00 AM Registration/Warm Up for Students who just graduated from High School and are not committed to a college Fall of 2023 as well as Students who just completed their Junior year of High School.

10:45-12:45PM Ballet Audition Class for Students who just graduated from High School and are not committed to a college Fall of 2023 as well as Students who just completed their Junior year of High School.

12:45-1:15 PM Lunch

1:15-3:15 PM Contemporary Audition Class for all dancers

3:15-4:15 PM Q & A

There will also be a College Fair on July 5, from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Representatives from all the attending college partners will be present to distribute information and answer questions.

ELIGIBILITY: This audition will only be open to dancers registered to attend the NYCDA 4-day Summer Workshop and who have most recently completed their Junior or Senior year in high school. This will also serve as the scholarship evaluation for our College Partners. Below is a list of colleges that have attended in the past. The 2023 list will be announced soon.

Marymount Manhattan College (NY)

Point Park University (PA)

Mercyhurst University (PA)

Pace University (NY)

Southern Methodist University (TX)

Montclair State University (NJ)

The Hartt School (CT)

University of the Arts (PA)

Dean College (MA)

Western Michigan University (MI)

Texas Christian University (TX)

California Institute of the ARTS (CA)

  • This audition is only open to students who have just completed their Junior or Senior year of high school.
  • At the July 2022 NYCDAF National College Auditions, 181 rising high school seniors auditioned for 10 college partners. It resulted in 100 dancers being recruited by the prestigious dance programs and sharing in $15 million in college scholarships offered.
  • At the July 2022 NYCDAF National College Auditions, 93 recently graduated high school seniors auditioned for the NYCDAF Scholarship Selection Committee. It resulted in 42 dancers sharing in $355,000 in scholarships awarded directly from the NYCDA Foundation, which the dancers can utilize at the college of their choice.


ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

An additional scholarship audition opportunity has historically been offered annually, in conjunction with the NYCDAF Destiny Rising performance and fundraiser in New York City.

The 2023 details remain TBD. Regrettably, it is likely that COVID will prevent us from having this audition in 2023.

PAST ELIGIBILITY: This audition is open to dancers from studios that have participated in the NYCDAF National Fundraising Campaign. Independent dancers also welcome.

  • For every $1000 in donations contributed to NYCDAF (Oct. 1, 2021-September 30, 2022), one dancer may attend this private scholarship audition. No limits! Dancers not affiliated with a studio are welcome to fundraise independently. A $1,000 donation to NYCDAF is required.
  • This audition will be open to all dancers who are in their junior year of high school through their junior year of college.

Each dancer's experience at the audition will include:

  • Two mandatory college audition classes – one ballet, one contemporary.

The exact number of scholarships to be awarded at each audition/event is still to be determined. Your fundraising dollars will certainly help make a difference in the lives of more dancers.