Scholarship at Amherst Ballet
At Amherst Ballet, we have long been striving to break financial barriers for any aspiring dancers. Our scholarship program has two roots: the Young Dancer Scholarship Fund and Maura Donohue Scholarship Fund. The funds have been combined since and supplemented with grants and sponsorships from local businesses. Our scholarships are need based. Anyone interested should apply by clicking the button below.
Young Dancer Scholarship Fund
This fund was started in September, 2001 by Jillian Diamond, who gave $650 from gifts she had received for her Bat Mitzvah. The money was intended to give young dancers tuition assistance. Originally called the Diamond Scholarship Fund, its name was later changed to the Young Dancer Scholarship Fund by the request from the family.
Maura Donohue Scholarship Fund
Maura danced at Amherst Ballet, as well as played the piano for classes and worked at the front desk until leaving to pursue a BA at Middlebury College, then an MA in Art at UMass, and almost, by a few months, a PhD in Art History from Princeton University. She passed away from heart failure at thirty years old.
Originally established to be awarded to an outstanding student, the fund was later turned into a scholarship fund for middle to high school-aged students.
In 2007, it was combined with the Young Dancer Scholarship Fund.
2022-2023 Sponsors of the Scholarship Program
After submitting the application form, you must also email firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of your most recent IRS tax return if filed (Both IRS returns if two parents are in the home and file separately). Please redact sensitive information such as your social security number before emailing it to us. The application is not complete until we receive a copy of your tax return.
Application deadline for the 2022-2023 season is September 11, 2022.