Dr. Penney Dance Scholarship

The Dr. Penney Dance scholarship Program is based on the belief that when given an opportunity to learn and do what they love, every student with motivation can succeed. Therefore every student deserves at least one chance to try. But we are fully aware that not every student has the financial means or support to participate in training and educational dance programs that will give them access to the information they need in pursuit of their goals. To level the playing field of opportunity and identify talent, RPDA offers financial support through full and partial tuition scholarships to eligible applicants.

Too often, only students who already attend intensives and conventions, and who can afford to be ‘seen’ and recognized are the ones to benefit from the very opportunities that propel dancers into the best schools, colleges, and jobs. Those who can afford to attend dance training programs are frequently the ones who benefit the most. This Program is an effort to decrease the likelihood that inherent bias will keep any talented and hard-working student from accessing resources to achieve what is possible for themselves.

To achieve our organizational goals of access to opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds and experiences, the scholarship program is an inclusive and open process. This allows our faculty and staff to identify students who may otherwise be overlooked. Applications are evaluated equally on both merit (achievement and potential for success) and demonstrated financial need.

ELIGIBILITY

Scholarships are based on a combined evaluation of financial need as well as the demonstrated potential for success as a future professional dancer and meet the following:

  • Between the ages of 6 years and 16 years old (at the time of application).
  • 5 full scholarships are available to beginner students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
  • 5 full scholarships are available to intermediate students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and maintains a minimum of 4 classes a week schedule.
  • 5 partial scholarships are available to intermediate students who demonstrate academic achievement and maintains a minimum of 4 classes a week schedule.

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