Undergraduate Studies Scholarship | Entertainment Community Fund

Undergraduate Studies Scholarship

Thank you for your recent inquiry about the grant application process for Career Transition For Dancers. Founded in 1985, Career Transition For Dancers enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance performance.

The Undergraduate Studies Scholarship assists current and former dancers in meeting the substantial financial commitments that come with the pursuit of a college-level degree. A limited number of scholarships in amounts up to $2,000 will be awarded to eligible applicants towards their tuition.


In order to be considered for a grant, an individual must meet all of the following eligibility requirements. Awards are competitive and merit-based. Financial need is taken into consideration.

  • A dance performance career of 5 or more years (need not be consecutive or current), within the last 15 years (Teaching and choreography excluded)
  • 70 weeks or more of paid dance employment (For non‐citizens, please provide 70 weeks of work in the U.S.)
  • Total minimum gross earnings of $40,000
  • Consultation with a Career Counselor.


Please use the link below to access the application. The completed application must be submitted on or before the deadline. Applications received after the due date will not be considered. Applications are reviewed by the Career Transition For Dancers National Grants Committee.

Application deadlines: June 15 and October 15

Awardees will be notified of their application status no later than 3-4 weeks post the submission deadline. All grant checks will be mailed to the awardee, made payable to the training institution. Please verify that your educational program can accept a 3rd party check from The Actors Fund. It is the recipient’s responsibility to present the grant award check to the appropriate entity for deposit by the check’s expiration date—60 days from the processing date.


Prior to submitting an application, you must discuss your career and education goals with an Entertainment Community Fund Career Counselor. Career Counselors are available for virtual consultations in the New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago areas. Applicants located outside of these cities should contact the office nearest to your place of residence.


  • Five years of earnings over the past 15 years, totaling a minimum of $40,000. Accepted forms of earnings documentation include: Union pension statements, copies of contracts, W-2/1099 forms, or statement on employer’s letterhead verifying years of employment, number of weeks worked and average compensation per week or year
  • Most recent performance resume
  • Copy of program description and tuition cost
  • First page of most recent checking and saving bank statements, including balance totals (Black out bank account numbers)
  • Documentation of credit card debt

To learn more, attend a Career Center Orientation.