Jacob's Pillow Scholarships are made possible by donations to The School and its endowment. All dancers are eligible to apply if able to prove financial need. To help as many dancers as possible, most scholarships are partial. Full scholarships require especially strong evidence of financial need. Scholarship recipients agree to serve as exemplary Pillow community members and fulfill needed campus duties.

In 2016, three named Jacob's Pillow Scholarships will be awarded to exceptionally talented dancers:
  • Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence (see guidelines below)
  • Marcia Simon Kaplan Scholarship: One full scholarship for a New World School of the Arts student to attend the Contemporary Program.

How to Apply
If applicant is a dependent, financial information must be for parent/guardian.

1.  Fill out the Application/Scholarship Packet

2.  Proof of Annual Income
     U.S. residents: Copy of first page of most recent IRS 1040/1040A form.
     If exempt from filing, or a non-U.S. resident: copy earning statements for July,
     October, and December 2015.

3.  Written Statement of Need
Describe why financial aid is necessary: Provide clear and accurate information about
     current employment and financial obligations, such as monthly bills and debt.

List additional funding source(s): Excluding Pillow scholarship request, identify
     confirmed and pending gifts, grants, loans, or other funding for possible program fee
     use. If pending, list amount requested and expected notification date.

     Work Experience: List name, title, address, phone number, your position, and earning
     for current and past two employers

     List previous aid/prizes/grants/scholarship awards: Include granting institution, name
     of aid/award, amount, and year received.

4.  Attach documentation that supports your written statement

Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence
Pillow Board member Lorna Strassler and her husband established this award in 2004 to provide young artists with professional encouragement backed by material support. This annual award provides a full scholarship and $2,500 cash to a young artist demonstrating excellence in performance, combined with exemplary dedication to the field.

An online video or DVD submitted as described in the Audition section is required for consideration, even if attending an in person audition. An online video or DVD submitted as described is required for consideration; even if attending an in person audition.

Awardees to date:

Therese Davis 2015 Ballet Program, is currently a member of the Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan
Amber Pickens 2014 Contemporary Program, is a senior in the The Juilliard School's  
     B.F.A. Program 
Samantha Barriento 2013 Contemporary Program, is a senior in the Ailey/Fordham 
     B.F.A. Program
Theresa J Murray
2012 Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, works as a freelance dancer,
     actress, and singer
Craig Black 2011 Contemporary, dances with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Calvin Royal III 2010 Ballet, dances in the Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre
I-Fen Lin 2009 Contemporary, is a freelance dancer/choreographer; currently guest
     faculty at Taipei National University of the Arts
Lindsey Holmes 2008 Contemporary, dances with Philadanco
Shannon Kline 2007 Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, is a freelance artist and author 
Min Li 2006 Contemporary, dances with and choreographs for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
Avi Scher 2005 Ballet, is currently enrolled in the LEAP teacher training program 
Winston Dynamite Brown 2004 Contemporary, works as a freelance artist


"...one of the most telling experiences of my life. I can honestly say that I'm leaving [the Pillow] with a good feeling in my heart and an optimistic vision of my future...the Ballet Program at Jacob's Pillow has helped me to be better and succeed."
- Calvin Royal III, 2010 Ballet Program and Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence Awardee

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