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Scholarship and Financial Aid

Many students in the SCCD receive some sort of financial assistance.  This can be a single scholarship or, more typically, a package of various offerings.

 

Merit Scholarships

 

The Office of Admission awards academic scholarships based on academic merit, which includes considerations of grades/grade point, ACT or SAT scores, class rank and curricular rigor.  For more information on these awards, see

Scholarship & Financial Aid on the Admissions Website.

 

Talent-Based Scholarships

 

Over the years, several endowed scholarships from generous individuals and organizations have been given to SCCD to attract talented students and to support current students. These scholarships are talent-based and may be combined with other forms of scholarship and/or financial aid.  Awards are generally renewable for a total of eight semesters or upon graduation from SCCD, whichever occurs first. Each award stipulates varying renewal requirements, which include one or more of the following: maintenance of grade point levels, annual re-audition, work and progress in the SCCD, and achievement of TCU academic progress standards.  For specific information see descriptions below.

 

There are many prestigious dance scholarships based on talent and potential.  With the exception of the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship, which is offered to incoming students, many of these awards are offered to current SCCD BFA majors.  

 

Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship
Amount: varies,  $10,000 per year minimum
Eligibility: Dance major

 

Graciously endowed by Dr. L.A. and Pearl Nordan, the Nordan Fine Arts Awards in Dance are awarded by audition and are based on potential, as well as on skills and demonstrated execution.

 

Two scholarships are typically awarded to first-year BFA majors. In addition to maintaining the standard academic and departmental criteria, recipients of this scholarship are required to re-audition each year and to sign the SCCD Scholarship Agreement Form.

 

All auditioning applicants will automatically be considered for this scholarship.  Candidates auditioning in October, November, or January will be informed in their acceptance letters if they are “short listed” for the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship awards.  By the end of February, these “short listed” students will learn if they have been awarded a scholarship or if they are on the wait list for a scholarship should another recipient reject her/his award.  Notification of these results will only be done by letter.

 

Candidates auditioning in February will learn in their acceptance letter whether they have been awarded a scholarship or are on the wait list for a scholarship.

 

Adrienne Miller Perner Memorial Scholarship
Amount:  varies, up to $4,500 per year
Eligibility: Female, Ballet major and one of the three criteria below

 

The Adrienne Miller Perner Memorial Scholarship is a talent-based scholarship established at the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance. Recipient will be selected by the SCCD ballet faculty and must sign the SCCD Scholarship Agreement Form Eligible candidates will meet the TCU minimum criteria for receiving financial aid and will be females majoring in Ballet who also meet one of the following criteria:

  1. a student whose parents or grandparents are/were career military personnel,
  2. a student who has participated in and/or has completed her training at The National Dance Institute of New Mexico, or
  3. a student who has shown exceptional interest in helping others in community volunteer work/activities.

Click here for Adrienne Miller Perner Memorial Scholarship Application

 

Calloway and Jerry Bywaters Cochran Scholarship for Excellence in Modern Dance
Amount:  varies, up to $ 2,500 per year
Eligibility:  Modern Dance major

 

The Calloway and Jerry Bywaters Cochran Scholarship for Excellence in Modern Dance is awarded to those students showing the highest level of technique and artistry in Modern Dance. First preference will be given to a Modern Dance major who demonstrates talent and potential for future development and/or financial need.  Selection is made by the SCCD contemporary and modern dance faculty and recipients must sign the SCCD Scholarship Agreement Form.

 

The TCU Guild Scholarship
Amount:  varies, up to $4,500 per year
Eligibility: Dance major, typically Junior or Senior standing

 

Faculty members nominate candidates for the honor based on any of the following criteria: talent, scholarship, service, professional and ethical conduct, and need. The most deserving and qualified student is chosen by majority vote of the full-time SCCD faculty. Recipient must sign the SCCD Scholarship Agreement Form.

 

The Renee and F. Howard Walsh, Jr. Scholarship
Amount:  varies, up to $5,000 per year
Eligibility: Female Ballet major

 

The recipient or recipients will be female, Ballet major(s) who maintain a 2.5 overall GPA.  Recipient will be selected by the SCCD ballet faculty. Recipient must sign the SCCD Scholarship Agreement Form.

 

Michelle Tyer Heines Contemporary Dance Scholarship
Amount:  varies, up to $ 2,500 per year
Eligibility:  Modern Dance major

 

The Michelle Tyer Heines Contemporary Dance Scholarship is awarded to a BFA Modern Dance major selected by the SCCD contemporary and modern dance faculty on the basis of talent, potential, work ethic, and need. Recipient must sign the SCCD Scholarship Agreement Form.

 

Walt Steimel Dance Alumni Scholarship
Amount:  varies, up to $2,500 per year
Eligibility: Dance major, middle-income status

 

The SCCD faculty will select a Dance major as beneficiary of this award. The recipient's family's Adjusted Gross Income must fall within middle-income status as determined by the TCU Office of Financial Aid. Selection will be based on need, talent, and/or other criteria the faculty deems appropriate.

 

Financial Aid

 

Beyond merit-based scholarships, many of our students receive other forms of financial aid.

 

After acceptance to both TCU and the SCCD we encourage all students to connect with TCU's Office of Financial Aid  to determine what other assistance may be available.  You will be required to complete both the CSS Financial Aid Profile  and the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  .  Forms are available from the Office of Admissions at TCU or high school counseling offices. Results must be sent to TCU to be eligible. The TCU code for the FAFSA is: 003636.

 

For the best results, you should complete these forms prior to the application deadlines of November 1 for Early Decision or Early action, and February 15 for all other applicants.

 

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