Scholarship & Awards

Performance-Based Scholarships

Each year the GVSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance awards a few performance-based scholarships to incoming dance majors. Awards amounts generally range from $1000 to $4000 and are renewable up to a total of four years. Both entering freshmen and entering transfer students are eligible. The awards are based on achievement evaluated during auditions. Students with this award must participate in Dance Company, Ballet Technique, and Modern Technique classes each semester.

These scholarships may be combined with other awards, such as with university academic scholarships. New scholarship recipients will usually be notified by April 1. To have their scholarship renewed, recipients must maintain the highest possible level of dance performance, participate in the requisite major ensemble(s), and sustain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Rebecca Volgesang Memorial Scholarship in Dance

Scholarship Criteria

Upper Division Dance Scholarship

The Upper Division Dance Scholarship is an award of at least $1,000 with the intention of helping the student pay for tuition in the year of their capstone project. Applicants must be full-time dance majors. The recipient(s) will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, professional promise in dance, and growth as an artist at GVSU. Requires a short essay on achievements and future goals in dance, a current transcript, and one of the following:

  • Performance of a solo (2-4 minutes)
  • Performance of original choreography (2-4 minutes)
  • Submission of a scholarly paper in dance (1000-3000 words)

Demonstration of financial need is not required, although should the top candidates have equal qualifications, financial need may be considered as the deciding factor. Candidates who wish financial need to be considered must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All materials must be submitted to the music and dance office with this application checklist. Performances will be observed and papers will be due in early April. Deadline for all other materials: March 1.  Students with this award must participate in Dance Company, Ballet Technique, and Modern Technique classes each semester.

Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship

The Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship is an award of at least $1,000 with the intention of helping the student pay for tuition in his/her final year at GVSU. Competition for the scholarship is open to students majoring in any discipline in the fine arts who have completed 54-96 credits. Students for this award will be nominated by faculty members from the Department of Music and Dance. Two music students and two dance students will be selected by the Scholarship Committee during the first week of February and these four students will go forward as our department's candidates.

Once notified of selection, the candidate must include the following:

1. A personal statement from the candidate explaining something of what his/her art means and what the candidate hopes that the audience will gain from that art. This personal statement should be 1-3 typed pages in length.

2. A current Grand Valley transcript.

3. At least three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member in the program nominating the candidate.

4. Supplemental materials (optional) may include, but are not limited to: concert programs, playbills, gallery notices, reviews, and video or audio recordings of performances. (Note: these materials will not be returned).

All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklistDeadline: March 31.

Note: The actual interview/audition for the Division-Wide Selection Committee will take place in early April.

For more information on Dance Scholarships, prospective students are invited to contact:
Professor Carrie Morris
(616) 331-8184

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