Through our membership with NHSDA, there is another opportunity to earn scholarship money. Please notify your chapter sponsor if this is of interest to you.

For more information click on this link that will take you directly to the website site page for NHSDA.

Award Criteria

Applicants are rated based on the strength of their technical and artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement. These categories are assessed through a self-choreographed solo video, two essay questions, GPA and transcript, recommendation letter and resume. Each category is worth 300 points for a total score of 900 possible points. The top two applicants with the highest score in their state sponsoring organization (where applicable) are forwarded on to the National office for national adjudication. The applicants are judged in three main categories:
  • Artistic Merit: The Nominee must demonstrate artistic and technical excellence in dance.
    • Technical excellence as seen in solo video
    • Artistic Merit as seen in solo video
    • Essay #1: Choreography - What was the intent of your original choreography? Please provide title of work, inspiration, and any challenges you encountered in the choreographic process. (Limit 250 words)
  • Leadership: The Nominee must demonstrate outstanding leadership in and outside of the field of dance at the school, community, state, and/or national level.
    • Recommendation Letter
    • Resume
    • Essay #2: Impact of Dance on Life - What impact has dance had on your life, in and out of the studio? How do you plan to use this influence in the future to have an impact on other people and communities? (Limit 500 words)
  • Academic Achievement: The Nominee must demonstrate academic excellence with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
    • Overall school GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Transcript (official or unofficial)
    • Grammar and Writing Style - Based on Essay #1 and Essay #2