Skip to main content
HomeProfessional Development Scholarships

Professional Development Scholarships

NDEO is pleased to offer Professional Development Scholarships to recognize excellence in the field of dance education, support students in their training, and help educators achieve their career goals through professional development. 

2020 PD Scholarship Applications will be available in January 2020.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, NDEO is pleased to offer FIVE (5) more scholarships in 2019 than in years prior!

All scholarship recipients will receive one year of complimentary NDEO Professional Membership and their choice of registration to our NDEO National Conference 2019,
 twelve weeks worth of online education through the NDEO Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)™ (a combination of 4, 6, and/or 12 week courses), or registration to one of our 2019 Special Topics Conferences.

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

Amy Compton (New Mexico) - Thom Cobb Memorial Scholarship
Diana Barrios (Missouri) - Somatics Special Topic Conference 2019
Chrystal Drew (Maryland) - Online Professional Development Courses
Revka Hovermale (Rhode Island) - Online Professional Development Courses
Cheryl Johnson (New York) - Jazz Special Topic Conference 2019
Magda Kaczmarska (New York) - NDEO National Conference 2019
Erinn Liebhard (Minnesota) - Jazz Special Topic Conference 2019
Allison Popieski (Pennsylvania) - NDEO National Conference 2019
Amberly Simpson (Kentucky) - NDEO National Conference 2019


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

Thom Cobb Memorial Scholarship

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. The 2019 awardee will receive registration for the 2019 NDEO National Conference in Miami, FL and a stay at the conference hotel throughout the duration of the conference.

Eligibility Requirements

Dance educators working in K-12 schools, private studios of dance, higher education, performing arts organizations, and other settings are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Both current NDEO Members and Non-Members may apply.


Applicants should demonstrate their interest in and need for continuing education, their plans for applying what they learn, and why financial assistance is necessary for their continued education. Full application details are outlined below.


Awards Review Process

The NDEO Professional Development Scholarship Committee will "blind" review all scholarship applicants and select scholarship recipients according to the criteria below. All demographic and financial information will be kept confidential.


Scholarship Criteria

NDEO is committed to assisting teachers in their professional development and career goals by offering scholarships for applicants who display both financial need and meritorious work. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Ability to communicate one's philosophy of dance education in a way that integrates NDEO’s mission to educate in the art of dance.
  • Evidence of financial obstacles that are impacting one’s ability to pursue professional advancement.
  • Evidence of innovative professional goals that promote growth in the field of dance education.
  • Evidence of impact and sustainability of proposed professional goals.
  • Evidence of professional goals that merit national attention.
  • Evidence of superior academic and professional accomplishments related to professional goals.

Nomination Form Guidelines

  • The applicant should complete the form by the published due date.
  • The applicant’s name should be submitted as he/she wishes it to appear on all NDEO printed materials, including the actual award.
  • All materials must be submitted via the online form.