Scholarship Details

Merit and Need-Based Scholarship

The Festival awards a limited number of full and partial-tuition scholarships to dancers 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 serious dance study. Applicants must be full-time residents of Maine.


To apply for a scholarship you must first complete the Festival application form. Scholarship applicants may apply in one category only and must submit:

  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, must be received by Monday, April 1, 2024 by 11:59pm EST.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.