2024 scholarship applications will be due April 1.

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

  1. Fill out an application for the Festival via Acceptd.
  2. Within that application, you’ll be asked to submit a statement of need, references and supporting work materials (cover letter & resume) if interested in a work/study position.

All scholarship materials, including the Scholarship Recommendation Form and Work Reference Form, must be received by April 1, 2024 by 11:59pm EST.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified by April 18 of their admission to the program and any financial award or work/study offer.