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Thom Cobb Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to the generous donations to the Thom Cobb Memorial Fund, NDEO is proud to continue the Thom Cobb Memorial Scholarship.

Thom Cobb passed away suddenly on December 2, 2016. This fund honors Thom's dedication to dance education and his service to NDEO by providing for a scholarship for a dance educator to attend NDEO National Conference. Thom has been a member of NDEO since 2002. He served two, three-year terms on the Board of Directors and was President 2013-2016. As president, Thom oversaw the restructuring of the NDEO governance, worked with the organization to get more states to offer teaching certification in dance, oversaw Task Forces that included the development of the Priorities for Dance Education, and provided both leadership and direction to the NDEO Board of Directors and NDEO Membership. When elected Thom said, "I am very happy to serve in this position and give back to an organization that has given me, and my wife, so much," Cobb said.

Every year this award goes to an individual who is a first time conference attendee and working dance education professional. Preference will be given to current NDEO members. As the 2020 and 2021 National Conferences were canceled due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, there was no Thom Cobb Memorial Scholar either year. We hope to reinstate this scholarship in 2022 for our in-person conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Award Usage Criteria

  • Funds Expire 12 Months from Issue Date. After 12 months any funds not spent will be zeroed out.

  • Not transferable to other individuals

  • Cannot be converted to cash

  • The $600 credit is available to use on OPDI courses or Conference registrations only. 

    • Scholarship Funds are subject to NDEO's standard Refund Policy for OPDI and Conference as long as the funds are re-used within the original 12 months window

  • For the Thom Cobb Scholarship the 3-night hotel room benefit cannot be converted into cash and must be used for the current year’s conference. The hotel room nights do not carry over to the next year. Recipient must put down a credit card on the room to cover incidentals. Travel expenses and meals are not covered.