Scholarship Opportunities

Completing a Scholarship Application does not impact acceptance determination. Dancers are first selected for acceptance, and only then are scholarship applications reviewed. Scholarship recipients agree to serve as exemplary Pillow community members onsite, offsite, and while fulfilling assigned campus responsibilities.

Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship Awards

Annually, approximately 60 to 70% of The School’s dancers receive a Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of School Sponsors and supporters. Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships are for dancers needing assistance with the Program Tuition Fee and are awarded based on proof of financial need.

To help as many dancers as possible, most scholarships are partial. Full scholarships require especially strong evidence of financial need. For this reason, accurately state what you can contribute to make your attendance possible and take time to upload support documentation for your written statement of need.


Named Scholarship Awards

The Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence

One dancer from either the Contemporary Ballet, Flamenco & Spanish Dance, Contemporary, or Tap program will receive the 2019 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence. The award provides material support and career encouragement in the form of a full program scholarship, plus a $2,500 cash gift. Established in 2004 by former Pillow board member Lorna Strassler and her husband, recipients must be able to demonstrate performance excellence and exemplary dedication to the field. See previous awardees.
Candidates eligible for the award are determined during the application review process.

“It is our hope that this award will make a difference in the lives of those who receive it.”


The Marcia Simon Kaplan Scholarship

One full scholarship will be awarded to a current New World School of the Arts student to attend the Contemporary Program. Jacob’s Pillow will consider all eligible applicants for this award during the application review process.


The American Dance Guild/Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship

One full scholarship will be awarded to a dancer accepted to the Flamenco & Spanish Dance Program. Jacob’s Pillow will consider all eligible applicants for this award during the application review process. American Dance Guild membership required; americandanceguild.org.

Scholarship Application Instructions

For Contemporary Ballet, Flamenco & Spanish Dance, Contemporary, & Tap programs only

The Scholarship Application is accessed within the Program Application. When filling out Program Application, select “YES” when asked “Do you need to apply for a Scholarship?


Scholarship Application Materials

Financial information must be for the parent/guardian(s) if applicant is a dependent

 

1. Amount of Program Tuition Fee you can contribute
Calculate how much you have from each source below and be prepared to insert these amounts into the Scholarship Application when requested

  • Personal Savings/Employment Income
  • Gifts/School Award/Other Sources (if applicable)
  • Amount Requested from Granting Institutions (if applicable)

 

2. Documentation of Current Support
Collect and have available to enter into Scholarship Application

  • Know the following for yourself: Primary Support name(s), address, own or rent housing status, monthly housing payment, occupation(s), current employer name(s) and phone number(s), and previous employer’s name and phone number
  •  Know the same for Secondary Support, if applicable

 

3. Written Statement of Need
500 word maximum, prepare and scan as one PDF document into Scholarship Application

  • Describe your current financial situation and why financial aid is necessary
  • Provide clear and accurate information about current employment and financial obligations, such as monthly bills and debt
  • Excluding the Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship request, list all additional funding source(s) available towards the program fee:
    • For each gift, award, or other source, list proper name, amount, and note if confirmed or pending. If pending, identify expected notification date.
    • For each grant, loan, or other funding source(s), list name of grantor or granting institution, amount of request, and note if confirmed or pending. If pending, identify expected notification date.
  • Work Experience: List company Name, supervisor Name, title, address, phone number, position you held, and earnings 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. Support Materials
Collect, prepare, and scan as one PDF document into Scholarship Application

  • Evidence that substantiates your Written Statement of need. Examples are: child care invoices, debt counseling statements, financial aid records, food stamp registration, hospital invoices, rental agreements, scholarship award copies, tuition payment record, etc. If you are uploading multiple materials, please combine them into one PDF.

 

5. Proof of Annual Income
Prepare and scan as one PDF document into Scholarship Application

  • U.S. residents: Only the first page of your most recent IRS 1040/1020A form.
  • If exempt from filing, or a non-U.S. resident: Copy of earning statements for July, October and December 2018