No Debt for Dancers

The No Debt for Dancers initiative supports our mission to "...cultivate imaginative, innovative, and sustainable artistic lives" by raising funds for tuition scholarships, alumni projects and summer study.

Tuition Scholarships

FERNANDINA CHAN NO DEBT FOR DANCERS FUND (ENDOWMENT)

Fernandina Chan received her MA in dance from the University of Illinois and was the founding artistic dean and chair of the dance department of Boston Arts Academy. This fund has been established in order to help make education more affordable for student dancers.

 

COURTNEY B. KELLOGG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNDERGRADUATE IN DANCE (ENDOWMENT)

The Courtney B. Kellogg Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate in Dance has been established in honor of Courtney B. Kellogg Wojcik, a 2000 BFA graduate from Dance at Illinois. This award, given in loving memory by her father Michael Kellogg, is given to an outstanding undergraduate dance student.

 

A. RAHEIM WHITE SCHOLARSHIP (ENDOWMENT)

The A. Raheim White Scholarship is named in honor of alumnus A. Raheim White (BFA 2011), who has cultivated an imaginative, innovative, and sustainable artistic life. This merit-based award from community members Dirk Mol and Jerry Wray is for an underrepresented/minority first-year student.

 

A & D ISSA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Through their interest in and love for the arts, the late Ahmad D. Issa and Dulce Issa are giving back to their alma mater by creating perpetual scholarships in the Department of Dance and the School of Music at the College of Fine and Applied Arts in support of exceptionally talented students.

LARRY SCHOLARSHIP

A gift from Bette Rosenstein and John Brix, this award is given to an outstanding undergraduate dance student.

WILLIAM MCCLELLAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The William McClellan Scholarship for an Undergraduate in Dance has been established in honor of William McClellan, a 2000 BFA graduate from Dance at Illinois. This award will be given to an outstanding choreography and performance by an undergraduate dance student.

Alumni Awards

BEVERLY BLOSSOM AND CAREY ERICKSON ALUMNI DANCE AWARD

This award enables alumni to return to the campus to teach, perform, choreograph, and otherwise enhance Dance at Illinois.

Summer Study

These awards provide funds to undergraduate and graduate students for travel and summer study.

MOE FAMILY DANCE AWARD (ENDOWMENT)

This endowed scholarship was established in 1996 through the generosity of alumna Marilyn Moe Fiedler (MA 1972) of Butte, North Dakota, as a tribute to her father, Donald Owen Moe, who supported all of her dance studies and most recently her training for a degree in counseling, which she received in 1994. It provides an award to a dance major with potential for unique contributions to the profession, which may lie outside the realm of performance in the traditional sense. Donations are currently being accepted to enhance the endowment for this award. No application required.

THE WANDA M. NETTL PRIZE FOR STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY (ENDOWMENT)

An endowed fund for this prize was established by the late Professor Bruno Nettl in honor of his wife, Wanda, because of her lifelong interest in and support of the art of dance. This annual award is designated for the best choreography by an undergraduate or graduate student. The prize fund can be augmented by new contributions. No application required.

VANNIE L. SHEIRY MEMORIAL DANCE SCHOLARSHIP (ENDOWMENT)

An endowed scholarship fund, established through the generosity of Vannie L. Sheiry’s friends and family members, provides an annual award to a dance major who has demonstrated exceptional performing talent. Priority is given to MFA students. Dance at Illinois extends a special thank you to the individuals whose gifts established the Vannie L. Sheiry Memorial Dance Fund: Vannie Raps Henderson, Barbara Horne, Karen Keener, and Nancey Raps La Framboise. We welcome new donations toward this scholarship fund. No application required.

PATRICIA KNOWLES GRADUATE TRAVEL AWARD (ENDOWMENT)

This annual award honoring Patricia Knowles is designated for an outstanding MFA candidate to be used for travel and study that deepen his or her artistic life. Application required.

MARY ELIZABETH HAMSTROM AWARD

This award for graduate student summer study was made possible by a donation from Professor Mary Elizabeth Hamstrom. Application required.

THE DANCE PARTNERS UNDERGRADUATE PROJECT AWARD

The Dance Partners Undergraduate Project Award supports dance research and/or study over the course of the summer for BFA students seeking to further their creative, performance, and/or scholarly work. The fund supports a diverse range of aesthetics within projects that demonstrate rigorous inquiry, individual voice, and curiosity. Projects are selected on the strength of the proposal and the excellence of the candidates.  Application required.

SENIOR MAGNOLIA AWARD

This award is given by the previous senior class for the senior who has shown the most growth and development. No application required.

LISA CARDUCCI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Carducci family gives this scholarship for out-of-town summer dance study in memory of their daughter, Lisa (BFA 1984). Priority consideration is given to BFA students, although MFA students are considered as well. This scholarship is given annually. No application required.

 

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