Department Scholarship Funds

Undergraduate Tuition Scholarships

Overview

The following four scholarship funds honor and celebrate historic leaders in our community of dance as well as the spirit of dance itself. Undergraduate dance majors benefit from these annually awarded merit-based tuition scholarships, not only through the financial support but also through the recognition of talent, citizenship, and stellar performance in their degree program.

Descriptions

The Helen P. Alkire Scholarship Fund (600066) was established in honor of the founder of the Department of Dance at OSU. Scholarships from this fund are awarded to majors whose study emphasis is in performance and choreography.

The Stella J. Becker Scholarship Fund (600406) was established in honor of the late OSU alumna, dance teacher, and choreographer from Bexley, Ohio.

The Rosalind Pierson Scholarship Fund (665802) was established in memory of department professor M. Rosalind Pierson, a gifted dancer, teacher and mentor.

The Catherine Elizabeth Woods Dance Scholarship Fund (667854) was established in 2006 to honor the memory of a young dancer and performer. Catherine is the daughter of former OSU Marching Band Director, Jon Woods, in the School of Music.

Application Process

OSU Dance applicants who have been accepted by audition and admitted by Undergraduate Admissions are considered for limited recruitment scholarships at faculty discretion. Incoming students are also strongly encouraged to apply for all forms of financial aid as Dance funds are typically reserved for continuing students.

See the OSU Student Financial Aid website for more on Freshman and Transfer opportunities.  It is also strongly recommended that students apply for all forms of financial aid each yearSee the OSU Student Financial Aid website for more information, especially on Special Scholarships.

Current undergraduate students in their first, second, or third year of the BFA program may apply for a tuition need- and merit-based scholarship. Students must have a demonstrated track record of technical strength, artistic vision, academic engagement, and visible citizenship. The Undergraduate Studies Committee in consultation with other faculty makes recommendations to the Chair for distribution of the scholarships.

To submit an application, current students are emailed the application link by the Academic Program Coordinator approximately one to two months prior to the deadline for submission.

Deadline for submission: February of each year with award notifications sent in early-mid March. See dates in the Internal Calendar or OSU Dance Weekly.

Giving to the funds

These scholarship funds are always growing their endowment and able to provide more students with more meaningful support every year. Please consider making a gift. With the thousands of alumni, parents, professionals, and Ohio State dance groupies out in the world, we look forward to continued donations paying forward and back. Click on each fund number above to enter the University's secure online giving website.


Department Project Grants

Giving to the Funds

Our project grant funds are always growing their endowment and able to provide more students with more meaningful support every year. Please consider making a gift. With the thousands of alumni, parents, professionals, and supporters out in the world, we look forward to continued donations paying forward and back. Click on each fund number below to enter the University's secure on line website.

I. Semester Funding Initiative (SFI)

Overview
The following three project grant funds honor and celebrate historic leaders in our community of dance as well as the spirit of dance itself. All current BFA, MFA, and PhD students in Dance can benefit from these funds to be used toward travel and research expenses for career/professional development goals, BFA Senior Projects, MFA Projects, and PhD conference presentations.

Descriptions
The Karen A. Bell Dance Fund (640418) honors Karen's 30 years of service to the university and reflects her foundational leadership in arts outreach.

The Vera J. Blaine Special Projects Fund (305892) was established in honor of Vera J. (Vickie) Blaine, department chair from 1982-95 and professor emerita, to support creative projects in dance.
 
The Presutti-Madison Memorial Dance Fund (605905) was established by Janet Madison, and alumna, in memory of her mother, Lucy Presutti, to provide support for archival research in dance.
 

Application Process
Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for a project support grant bi-annually in October (for projects taking place October – May) and February (for projects taking place March – October) of each year. Students must have a well-articulated project plan that specifically utilizes the opportunities for which these funds are designed. Students are typically not awarded funding twice in the same academic year. Priority is generally given to high impact research or creative activities, MFA thesis projects, BFA senior projects, and projects with matching funds from other sources.

To submit an application, current students are emailed the application link by the Academic Program Coordinator approximately one to two months prior to the deadline for submission.

Deadline for submission: 
~ Autumn cycle applications are due at the end of September with award notifications sent at the end of October.
~ Spring cycle applications are due in mid-February with award notifications sent at the end of March.
See dates in the Internal Calendar or OSU Dance Weekly.

Please be prepared to include a 500 word project proposal, an itemized budget (up to $300), and a timeline for the project. The awards will be based on the following criteria:

  • 50% - Degree of clarity regarding the project's support of an MFA thesis project or a Senior Project and/or career goals and overall merit of the plan; provides committee with a persuasive argument for the project or event
  • 30% - Degree to which the applicant has evidenced prior initiative both in and out of coursework in the department (or Degree to which applicant has evidenced a high level of initiative, curiosity, citizenship, and engagement)
  • 10% - Degree to which timeframe and scope of project appear acheivable
  • 10% - Quality of attention to good writing and presentation skills (proof read)

Please note:

  • Funding is for current semester or next semester events or projects, not for past semester
  • Priority given to those not funded before
  • Software purchases cannot be funded

Final awards also affected by:

  • Number of applications
  • Budget in any given year
  • Availability of other grant sources

II. Dance Preservation Fund

Overview
Current Dance students, current Dance faculty, emeriti, and alumni may apply to the Dance Preservation Fund.

The Dance Preservation Fund (641562) was established in 1994 to further the recording of dance through awards to current students, graduates of the department, current faculty and emeriti. Visiting artists, researchers, and notators who are in residence in the Department of Dance are also eligible for funding.

Application Process
The online application for the Dance Preservation Fund is available in May for projects proposed to begin that summer with award notifications in June. More information is in the call for applications emailed to mailing lists and in the News section.

 


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