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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 be intending on pursuing 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 a certificate program will receive 50% of the amount they were originally awarded.

Since our inception in 2010, the foundation itself has awarded more than $3,000,000 in college scholarships. NYCDA Foundation scholarship recipients are now represented in 45 prestigious arts programs across the country.

Scholarships are to be awarded each year through an application and audition process. Currently TWO opportunities are planned each year:

July 9, 2020: This scholarship audition opportunity is being offered in conjunction with the NYCDA 3-day All Access Virtual Summer Workshop – July 6-8. Click Here to Register for the All Access Virtual Summer Workshop.

An additional application through Get Acceptd is required as well. Click here to register with Get Acceptd.

Schedule for July 9 Virtual Audition (All times EST):

11:30 AM-1:30 PM Ballet - Dancers who have completed their senior in high school and have committed to a college for Fall 2020

1:45 PM-3:15 PM Contemporary - Dancers who have completed their senior in high school and have committed to a college for Fall 2020

2:30-4:30 PM Ballet - Dancers who have completed their junior year in high school and dancers who have completed their senior year in high school who have not chosen a college for Fall 2020.

4:45-6:15 PM Contemporary - Dancers who have completed their junior year in high school and dancers how have completed their senior year in high school who have not chosen a college for Fall 2020.

6:30-7:30 PM Zoom College Q&A

Auditionees will need to then record themselves doing both combinations and upload the video to their getacceptd account by 2:00pm EST on July 10.

Scholarship Winners will be announced via live stream on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00pm.

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


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. The following Colleges and Universities will be in attendance - recruiting dancers and awarding 4 Year Scholarships to their prestigious programs:


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)

  • This audition is only open to students who have just completed their junior or senior year of high school.
  • At the July 2019 NYCDAF National College Audition, 150 rising high school seniors auditioned for 10 college partners. It resulted in 85 dancers being recruited by the prestigious dance programs and sharing in $10 million in college scholarships offered.
  • At the July 2019 NYCDAF National College Audition, 73 recently graduated high school seniors auditioned for the NYCDAF Scholarship Selection Committee. It resulted in 39 dancers sharing in $400,000 in scholarships awarded directly from the NYCDA Foundation, which the dancers can utilize at the college of their choice.


January 27, 2020: This scholarship audition opportunity is being offered in conjunction with the NYCDAF Destiny Rising Fundraiser in New York City. Audition time and Place TBA.

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, 2018-September 30, 2019), 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 in is still to be determined. Your fundraising dollars will certainly help make a difference in the lives of more dancers.