Scholarships

The Scholarship Program
DFF grants scholarships to talented students studying at nationally recognized and/or accredited dance schools, studios, universities, and institutions, offering scholarships to a broader range of students and styles.
DFF’s scholarship application process is by invitation only; individuals may not submit themselves directly to DFF for consideration. Invited schools/institutions may nominate up to two (2) students annually for each award. Each nomination must include supporting materials to be uploaded during the application process and which are outlined in the materials sent out to invited schools/institutions. All study must be completed within the United States.
DFF is in the process of establishing partnerships with accrediting bodies for dance education and developing a comprehensive list of accredited dance schools, studios, universities, and institutions across the United States, which will be made available through our website upon completion.
DIZZY FEET FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Dizzy Feet Foundation provides scholarships to talented students studying at accredited dance schools, studios, universities, and institutions. Scholarships of up to $10,000.00 per student may be granted annually as determined by DFF in its sole discretion. DFF Scholarship Awards are talent based and will be paid directly to the institution where the recipient is enrolled.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria:

Nominated students must be at least 15 years old, an American citizen, and studying at an accredited or nationally recognized dance school or institution in the United States. Nominated students will be judged based on talent, technical skill, and dance expression.
Scholarships are awarded in DFF’s sole discretion, and DFF reserves the right not to award any scholarships in any given year.

*Please Note: any submissions received outside the open application period will be destroyed and will not be considered.

GENE KELLY LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP
Named for legendary dancer, director, and choreographer Gene Kelly and established in recognition of the 100th anniversary of his birth, “The Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship” is given annually by the Dizzy Feet Foundation in cooperation with The Gene Kelly Legacy, Inc., the corporation established to preserve and perpetuate Kelly’s Legacy. The Award will be presented to a male or female dance student who is studying dance as a career and is both classically trained and proficient in at least one additional style of dance. Recipients must demonstrate an interest in and an aptitude for choreography and interdisciplinary dance expression and must embody not only the physical, athletic style represented by Gene Kelly but also demonstrate potential for the joy, creativity, and innovation for which he is celebrated.

Scholarships of up to $10,000.00 per student may be granted annually as determined by DFF in its sole discretion. DFF Scholarship Awards are talent-based and will be paid directly to the institution where the recipient is enrolled.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria*

Nominated students must be at least 15 years old, an American citizen, and studying at an accredited or nationally recognized dance school or institution in the United States. Strong history of classical dance training, plus substantial training in at least one additional style of dance. Applicants will be judged based on talent, technical skill, creativity, interdisciplinary dance expression, and potential as a choreographer.

Scholarships are awarded in DFF’s sole discretion, and DFF reserves the right not to award any scholarships in any given year.

*Please Note: any submissions received outside the open application period will be destroyed and will not be considered.

HOW TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS
All DFF Scholarship Grants are awarded at the end of the first quarter of each year. An invitation is sent directly to the DFF database of accredited schools/institutions when nominations open each year. Information on the nomination time frame, process, and links to relevant online nomination forms will also be provided at that time for the sole use of the nominating teachers/faculty – students must not be given access to the online nomination link.
FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:

How do I get to be a part of an accredited dance program?

DFF is in the process of establishing relationships with organizations that offer or administer accreditation for dance programs in the USA across a broad range of dance styles. While DFF will not act as an accrediting body, we hope to provide comprehensive list of those that do in the near future. Please check our website for updates and information on how your dance school, studio, university, or dance institution can become accredited.

Can I apply for a scholarship? How do I know if I qualify?

No. Only invited institutions may nominate students to apply for scholarships.

My child is 9 years old and an aspiring dancer. Can I nominate her for a scholarship?

Unfortunately not. Students must be at least 15 years old and must be nominated by an accredited or nationally recognized dance school or institution in the United States where they currently study. Individuals can not nominate themselves or others for a scholarship with DFF.

I am a student who has been nominated by my dance school/institution. Can I complete the nomination form or submit the supporting materials myself?

No.

All nominations must be completed by a teacher or faculty member at the nominating dance school, studio, university, or dance institution. As all scholarships are paid directly to the institution where the recipient is enrolled, DFF works with them directly in order to maintain clear lines of communication and reporting.

Students are asked to provide any necessary supporting documents directly to their nominating teacher/professor who will submit their nomination via DFF’s online application.

Any materials received directly from a nominated student will not be put forward for consideration, and his or her nomination will be disqualified.