leadership Scholarships

Leadership Scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate excellence in either dance technique/performance or choreography, strong leadership in their character, and financial need. Essential parts of leadership for ADF include personal integrity, creating strong teams and communities, and respecting everyone’s values and perspectives. Applicants should speak to these values in their application materials, in addition to demonstrating excellence in their dance technique/performance or choreography. All applicants must demonstrate financial need in order to be considered for a Leadership Scholarship.

There are a limited number of partial tuition scholarships available for the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive. Scholarship students will still be responsible for the remaining balance of tuition, travel, and room and board costs. Students who would like to be considered for scholarships must complete an additional two steps:

  1. Complete the ADF Pre-Professional Scholarship Application online form.
  2. Submit a copy of your parents’ most recent Tax Form 1040 (first page only), via:

ADF is not responsible for mail/email that is delayed or lost in transit. Applicants are strongly encouraged to call the ADF office to verify receipt of application materials and/or scholarship materials at least 2 weeks prior to deadlines. 

Matching Scholarships

ADF will match up to $500 towards tuition fees from sponsoring organizations and businesses. Sponsorships may come from:

  • Dance Studio
  • College or University
  • High School
  • Arts Organization
  • Business or Corporation


  • Matching scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Only a limited number are available. 
  • Matching scholarships cannot be combined with any other ADF scholarships. 
  • ADF will only match a maximum amount of $500, but there is no limit for sponsorship award amounts. For example, your school’s dance department can award you $1,000 towards tuition, and ADF will match $500, bringing your total matching scholarship to $1,500. However, if your school only awarded $100, ADF would match $100, bringing your total matching scholarship to $200. 
  • Matching Scholarships may only be used to towards ADF tuition fees. 
  • Matching scholarship awards are contingent upon sponsorship agreement. Matching scholarships from ADF will not be allocated until the school office receives sponsorship agreement and funds. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to their possible sponsors EARLY, before indicating interest in the matching scholarship to ADF. 

Please submit the following to be considered for a Matching Scholarship:

  1. Complete the ADF Pre-Professional Scholarship Application online form.
  2. The sponsoring organization will need to complete and submit a short application. Click here to download and print application. Their applications may be submitted via: