Eligibility guidelines for Educational Scholarships, Certification Programs and Entrepreneurial Grants for applicants. Please read carefully and direct your questions to our Grants Administrator.

Financial support is available to current and former professional dancers who can demonstrate earning their livelihood from performing as a dancer. Choreography or teaching dance is not applicable for meeting eligibility requirements.

The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund
Grants of up to a total of $2,000 for each individual may be awarded to those dancers who are able to provide relevant documentation to meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:

A performing dance career of 7 or more years. Performing years need not be consecutive or current, and

100 weeks or more of paid dance employment in the United States within a career-span of 7 or more years, and

Total gross earnings of a minimum of $56,000 arrived at by combining the annual gross income of the 7 highest earning years of a performing dance career.

For work done entirely under union jurisdiction, providing documentation of 100 or more weeks worked in the United States in at least 7 years under union jurisdiction will meet all eligibility requirements. Documentation of additional earnings is not required.

2015 Application deadlines      Jan 7      Mar 11      May 13      Jul 15      Sep 9      Nov 11

Completed applications must be received by mail or be hand delivered on or before the deadline date. Applications received by email or fax cannot be accepted. Applications received after the deadline date cannot be considered until the following grant application cycle.

Determine your eligibility

Please contact Ann Barry, Grants Administrator by phone at 212 764 0172 x224 to determine your eligibility. After your eligibility to apply for funds has been determined, you must schedule an initial consultation with a career counselor. In New York City, call 212 764 0172; in Chicago, call 312 666 0234; in Los Angeles, call 323 549 6660.

Frequently asked questions

How do I receive funds for my Educational Scholarship?
Tuition grant checks are payable only to the school or institution concerned and cannot be made to an individual or as a reimbursement to an individual. Reimbursements to grantees for course related book costs will be made upon the organization receiving original receipts and/or paid invoices.

How do I receive funds for Entrepreneurial Grants?
Payments for cost of business related fees, materials, and supplies are made only to the vendor or supplier upon submission of an invoice, purchase order, or price quote to the organization.

If I have previously received funds but have not reached the maximum $2,000, can I apply for part or all of the remaining amount?
Grant recipients who received funds after January 1, 2002 and have not received a total of $2,000, may apply for remaining funds up to $2,000. Grant recipients who were awarded funds prior to January 1, 2002 are no longer eligible to apply for additional funding.

How long do I have to apply for additional funds?
Multiple requests must be made within a ten-year period of being awarded initial funding.

How do I re-apply for an Educational Scholarship?
Previous grantees must re-apply by submitting a completed application form, which includes copies of course descriptions, tuition costs, and a copy of transcripts from coursework previously funded by the organization. Applicants do not need to submit a written essay or re-submit documentation of professional dance work and earnings.

How do I re-apply for an Entrepreneurial Grant?
Grantees must submit a completed application form and a progress report on the start-up business. Applicants do not need to re-submit documentation of professional dance work and earnings, or submit a written essay.

Can I apply for funds for acting, dancing or voice lessons?
Funding is available only for those courses that will lead to a College/University teaching degree.

Career Transition For Dancers reserves the right to alter its criteria and guidelines for grant awards based on its resources, or for any other reasons deemed necessary by its Board of Directors.

The Sono Osato Scholarship Fund for Graduate Studies
We will be offering a limited number of competitive scholarships based on academic merit and financial need for current and former dancers who have received the maximum amount from the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund and are pursuing graduate degrees in fields other than performance dance.

The Osato Scholarship will be limited to a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to any one individual, paying for tuition and fees only.

Award checks will be made out to the institution. Awards will not be granted retroactively (e.g. not be used to reimburse dancers for tuition already paid, for loans or other credit debt.)

To be eligible to apply for a Sono Osato Scholarship applicants must:

Have received the maximum allowed amount from the Newhouse Scholarship Fund.

Have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA for an undergraduate or graduate degree, or recent prerequisite coursework.

Be studying or planning to study at the graduate level for a degree in one of the following approved areas: professional degrees (law and medicine), the medical arts (nursing, physician's assistant, physical therapy, etc.), the helping professions (social work, counseling, psychology, creative arts therapies, etc.), physical and social sciences, education, business and the humanities.

Previous recipients of a Gasparinetti Scholarship award are not eligible to apply for an Osato Scholarship.

2016 Application deadline      Mar 25

Completed applications must be received by mail or be hand delivered on or before the deadline date. Applications received by email or fax cannot be accepted. Applications received after the deadline date cannot be considered until the following application deadline.

Determine your eligibility

Contact Ann Barry, Grants Administrator, at 212 764 0172 x224 to determine your eligibility or request an application.