2022 scholarship applications are now closed. 

Merit and Need-Based Scholarships

The Festival awards a limited number of full and partial-tuition scholarships to festival participants with financial need who demonstrate a high level of commitment, creativity and technical/performance ability. Room and board costs are the responsibility of the student in most cases.

BDF will award five full scholarships to BIPOC applicants. BIPOC applicants may still be awarded a partial award if not chosen for a full scholarship.

Maine Scholarship

A limited number of partial-tuition scholarships are available to Maine students with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to dance study. Applicants must be full-time residents of Maine.

Work/Study Scholarship

A range of work/study scholarships that cover partial to full tuition are available to qualified students. Awards are made on the basis of demonstrated financial need and relevant skills and work references. Applicants with documented experience in technical production, video, box office, ushering, administration, transcription, sales and resident supervision will assist with the day-to-day operation of the Festival. All work/study students are required to live on campus, and depending on the needs of the position may be asked to take fewer than four classes, and to arrive early for set up.

Apply for a Scholarship

To apply for a scholarship or work/study you must first complete and submit the Professional Training Program Application. To be considered, both scholarship and work/study applicants must fill out the application form below and include the following items:

  1. The Scholarship Application Form
  2. A one-page narrative detailing financial need, inclusive of income and contextualizing circumstances.
  3. Scholarship Recommendation Form (must be completed and submitted only by your recommender)
  4. Work Reference Form (only if applying for the Work/Study Scholarship. Must be completed and submitted by your recommender)
  5. Resume of related work experience (only if applying for the Work/Study Scholarship)

All scholarship materials, including the Scholarship Recommendation Form and Work Reference Form, must be received by March 28, 2022 by 11:59pm EST.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified by April 11 of their admission to the program and any financial award or work/study offer.