Scholarship Initiative

The Washington Ballet announced its renewed commitment to supporting young people from all backgrounds in pursuing ballet study. The company will award more than $300,000 in scholarships each year to students who otherwise would not be able to afford ballet study, with an emphasis on people traditionally underrepresented in ballet, such as people of color and young men.

Read through the document below for more information on our scholarship initiative:

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DanceDC Merit Scholarships

The Washington Ballet selects talented students from DanceDC participant schools to receive a full merit-based scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet. DanceDC Merit Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to study classical ballet, free of charge, for a full school year. This program is vital for these TWSB students, many of whom would not be able to pursue their dance training without financial support.

“My appreciation for the DanceDC Merit Scholarship goes far beyond the monetary help they provide for my daughter’s dance education. This program has actually built a bridge from her dreams to reality, opening her eyes to her full potential in the world. How could I ever thank them for showing her there is no limit to what she can do, where she can go, and who she can be?”

-Lauren Dew, parent of a 2016 DanceDC Merit Scholar

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Rory Schwartz Scholarship

The Rory Schwartz Fund honors the memory of Rory Jashinsky Schwartz and benefits students of The Washington School of Ballet who demonstrate Rory’s talent and passion, and who are striving towards a career in dance.

Rory Schwartz Scholarship Recipients

2013.14 Christianne Campbell, University of Oklahoma

2014.15 Stefan Goncalvez, Joffrey Ballet Company Member

2015.16 Aiden Carrasquel, Ballet San Antonio Company Member

2016.17 Rafael Bejarano, The Washington Ballet Studio Company Member

2017.18 Joshua Kiesel, The Washington School of Ballet, Trainee Program Member

2018.19 Jordan Lovelace, The Washington School of Ballet Professional Training Program Student

2019.20 Trae Mikus, The Washington School of Ballet Professional Training Program Student

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Tuition Assistance

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is committed to creating pipelines and pathways for young people of all backgrounds to succeed in school, in dance, and in life. Through bold, innovative, and inclusive programs, TWSB is a national model for equity in ballet training.

TWSB uses the federal Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs), commonly used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals in an academic setting, to determine eligibility for assistance. Tuition assistance awards are decided based on each family’s demonstrated financial need as well as available funds. Although we strive to help every eligible family, you may be placed on a waiting list if funding is not currently available.

 

Tuition Assistance Application Process

Families who would like to apply for tuition assistance should do so prior to enrolling their child in classes.

    • Fill out a Tuition Assistance Application.

Apply for Tuition Assistance

Please contact kdeshields@washingtonballet.org if you require assistance with your application. 

  • Decisions will be made within 4 weeks of submitting all required information. You will receive a decision by email. Please provide a valid email on your application.
  • If you have received an award, you must register within the deadline listed, or your award will be applied to the first person on the waiting list. If you are on a waitlist, you will be contacted by email only if funding becomes available.

How does TWSB determine who receives Tuition Assistance? 

Priority is given to re-enrolling families who have previously received assistance and still qualify. All remaining funds are awarded to applicants on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Re-enrolling students who already receive tuition assistance and re-apply during the priority enrollment period.
  • Re-enrolling students who do not yet receive tuition assistance and apply during the priority enrollment period.
  • New students who quality for tuition assistance.

How is the award amount determined and what is it applied toward? 

If funds are available, awards may vary depending on need, the type of class, and season of enrollment. Awards are applied towards tuition only and cannot be applied towards administrative fees, production fees, or other costs.

What do I have to do to maintain my award? 

  • All students must maintain above an 80% attendance rate and/or communicate attendance needs with their teacher.
  • The student and parents/guardians must abide the rules of conduct set forth by TWSB in the Parent Handbook and other similar materials.
  • Families, guardians, or friends of the student must commit to attend or volunteer at TWSB events that involve the student.
  • Meet all financial obligations to TWSB.
  • All returning students must submit an application for tuition assistance prior to enrolling for full school year programs.

Additional questions? Contact Kayla DeShields at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org

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