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What colleges offer scholarships for dancers?

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Alma College, St. Olaf College and the George Mason School of Dance all offer scholarships for students interested in pursuing an education in dance or dance choreography. In addition, many private organizations and academic foundations maintain independent scholarship funds for dancers interested in pursuing a collegiate education.

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What colleges offer scholarships for dancers?
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Alma College, located in Michigan, offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to a full tuition award. Students interested in a scholarship at Alma College must both apply to the college and audition for membership in the college's theater and dance department. At St. Olaf College in Minnesota, scholarship awards range from $4,000 to $8,000 yearly, though the college only provides strictly merit-based scholarships. In addition to a traditional college application, students at St. Olaf must also submit a video of audition material for scholarship consideration. At the George Mason School of Dance in Virginia, students with demonstrated outstanding talent can receive a scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 yearly.

The National Young Arts Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation and the American Harlequin Corporation all also offer scholarships for dancers interested in pursuing a collegiate education. Awards from the National Young Arts Foundation range from $250 to $10,000, awards from the Princess Grace Foundation range from $5,000 to $25,000 and the American Harlequin Corporation offers a $250 scholarship. All of these organizations require dancers interested in receiving a scholarship to submit audition material to demonstrate their dancing talent.

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