The Rebecca Vogelsang Scholarship is awarded to one entering
First-Year Dance Major at Grand Valley State University. The Ada Arts
Council sponsors the Rebecca Vogelsang Scholarship in honor of Rebecca
Vogelsang. One of the passions Rebecca shared with her friends,
family, and community, was her love for dance. In remembrance of
Rebecca, this scholarship supports the continued education in dance
for one student per year. Rebecca, a dancer herself, understood the
imperative nature of keeping dance active in your career as a student.
- Be a prospective first year entering as a freshman at Grand Valley
- Be a resident of the State of Michigan
- Candidates must be accepted by Grand Valley State University for
enrollment and recipients must be of full-time status seeking a
degree in Dance, or one of the many visual arts program offered
through the Visual and Media Arts Department.
- Although not a requirement, preference shall be given to
candidates who are residents of Ada Township, Cascade Township,
Grand Rapids Township or Vergennes Township.
- Demonstration of financial need is not required, although should
the top candidates have equal academic qualifications, financial
need may be considered the deciding factor. Candidates who wish
financial need to be considered must file the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid.
This scholarship will be funded annually. The first award for
academic year 2008-2009, which shall be divided evenly as specified
herein will be $1,000.00. In subsequent years award amounts may vary.
If, in the future, an endowed fund at GVSU is established, beginning
one year after the endowment reaches the required threshold for
activation; a portion of the endowment will be used for awards each
subsequent year if qualified candidates apply. The award portion will
be distributed as determined by the endowment spending policy
established by the University. Remaining income or growth of the fund
will be reinvested in the principal to hedge against inflation and to
meet future scholarship needs.
- Scholarships will be awarded annually provided there are
candidates that meet the criteria. A minimum of two scholarships
will be awarded annually for one student in each of the two academic
areas: 1) Dance, and 2) Visual and Media Arts.
- Award amounts and numbers will be determined by annual gifts
received or, should this scholarship become endowed, the
University's endowment spend-rate in effect from year to year.
- Scholarship awards are not renewable.
Candidates for this scholarship must complete an application
available from the Grand Valley State University Dance Department, or
Visual and Media Arts Departments. Included as part of the
application, the candidates must demonstrate their experience and
participation in the arts. For example, Visual and Media Arts
candidates would present a portfolio of work, outline art camps,
classes, exhibitions or awards. Candidates for Dance scholarship would
list their experience in performance, classes, and any awards. For
either Visual and Media Arts or Dance Scholarships, participation in
events that are open to public audiences shall be considered. All of
these activities demonstrate passion and background for the
candidate's chosen area of study.
The recipients will be chosen by the Dance Department, and the Visual
and Media Arts Department in collaboration with the Financial Aid
Office of Grand Valley State University.
Recipients will be recognized at the annual Scholarship Celebration
Dinner. Initiating donors will be honored at the annual scholarship
- Upon accepting the award, each recipient is encouraged to
acknowledge his/her appreciation of the scholarship by communicating
with president of the Ada Arts Council, their designate or appointed
contact person for the scholarship.
- In accepting the award, each recipient, acknowledging the
generosity of the donor, is encouraged to make contributions to this
scholarship if he/she is financially able after graduation. This
commitment will remain in effect during the lifetime of the recipient(s).
Carrie Brueck Morris - Associate Professor of Dance, [email protected]