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Financial Aid & Scholarship Policies

Students enrolled at the Kansas City Ballet School - Academy Division, Level 2 or above are eligible to apply (based on varied criteria) for financial aid or temporary financial assistance from the Kansas City Ballet School. Merit Scholarships are awarded at the sole discretion of the Kansas City Ballet School and no application is required. Academy students awarded Financial Aid, Temporary Financial Assistance or Merit Scholarships must meet and adhere to all criteria stated below.

Financial Aid
Application Process: The Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s) of enrolled Kansas City Ballet School - Academy Division students may apply for financial aid by providing the School with the following:

  • A completed application form (download from our website or available at the Kansas City Ballet School office).
  • A copy of the family’s most recent income tax return.

 

Selection Process: Application and financial information must be submitted by August 19, 2013 to the Kansas City Ballet School Office. A Financial Aid committee composed of the Kansas City Ballet School Director and a Kansas City Ballet School Administrator(s) will review the financial aid applications prior to the start of the school year.

August 19, 2013 – financial aid application deadline for 2013-2014 school year. (Applicants will be notified of the Financial Aid committee’s decision by August 29, 2013. Applicants accepting financial aid must notify the Kansas City Ballet School of their intention to accept and make any required deposits to Kansas City Ballet School by September 3, 2013).


Requirements: All financial aid recipients and their parents must review and sign a financial aid commitment contract, which outlines all responsibilities and duties of the student. Students receiving financial aid are expected to follow all policies of the Kansas City Ballet School (see Policy Hand Book for details). A student receiving financial aid may be placed on probation at any time for behavior, attitude, excessive absences, missed rehearsals or limited progress. If the committee recommends further action, the student’s financial aid may be revoked.

  • Students must be enrolled for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Students must maintain a 95% attendance record for all assigned classes.

 

Financial Aid  Recipients’ Duties: Kansas City Ballet School’s financial aid Recipients’ and / or Parents / Legal Guardians, may be asked to assist in duties and responsibilities such as; hall monitor, assistant teacher for classes, basic office duties, special projects sponsored by Kansas City Ballet School, basic studio and/or common area clean up, etc. Recipients should be prepared to spend additional time outside of classes to fulfill these requests.

 

Additional information:

  • Financial aid is not automatically renewed each school year or summer session.
  • Students must reapply in order to be considered for continued or additional financial aid.
  • The awarded amount of Financial Aid may vary from year to year.
  • New students are required to take a placement class or be evaluated during a regularly scheduled Kansas City Ballet School class by current faculty and the School Director, before being considered for financial aid.

 

Temporary Financial Assistance
A limited amount of funds for Temporary Financial Aid may be available to support families enrolled at the Kansas City Ballet School - Academy Division, who may find themselves in a situation where the need for temporary or emergency financial assistance is required. The Kansas City Ballet School Financial Aid Committee composed of the Kansas City Ballet School Director, and a Kansas City Ballet School Administrator(s)  will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis. Situations that may be considered, but are not limited to, include job loss, unexpected medical bills, etc. This assistance is considered short-term only, as individual situations may occur, but is not guaranteed.

Requirements: A letter of request for temporary financial assistance is required along with all supporting documents for such request.

Temporary Financial Assistance Recipients’ Duties: Kansas City Ballet School’s Temporary Financial Assistance Aid Recipients’ and / or Parents / Legal Guardians, may be asked to assist in duties and responsibilities such as; hall monitor, assistant teacher for classes, basic office duty, special projects sponsored by Kansas City Ballet School, basic studio and/or common area clean up, etc. Recipients should be prepared to spend additional time outside of classes to fulfill these requests.

 

Merit Scholarships

Selection Process: Merit scholarships are awarded at the sole discretion of the Kansas City Ballet School. Students enrolled at the Kansas City Ballet - Academy Division Level 2 or higher may be considered for this scholarship. A Scholarship committee composed of the Kansas City Ballet School Director, a Kansas City Ballet School Administrator(s) and a member of the Kansas City Ballet Artistic Staff will make the award(s) based on the student’s physical and artistic ability to excel in the profession by industry standards.

Requirements: All scholarship recipients and their parents must review and sign a scholarship commitment contract, which outlines all responsibilities and duties of scholarship students. Students receiving merit scholarships are expected to follow all policies of the Kansas City Ballet School (see Policy Hand Book for details). At any time, a student on a merit scholarship may be placed on probation for behavior, attitude, excessive absences, missed rehearsals, or limited progress. If the Scholarship committee recommends further action, the student’s merit scholarship may be revoked at any time.

  • Students must be enrolled for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Students must maintain a 95% attendance record for all assigned classes.
  • Students must audition for The Nutcracker.
  • Students must participate in the School Spring Performance.

 

Merit Scholarships Recipients’ Duties: Kansas City Ballet School’s Merit Scholarship Recipients and / or Parents / Legal Guardians, may be asked to assist in duties and responsibilities such as; hall monitor, assistant teacher for classes, basic office duties, special projects sponsored by Kansas City Ballet School, basic studio and/or common area clean up, etc. Recipients should be prepared to spend additional time outside of classes to fulfill these requests.

Additional information:

  • Merit Scholarships may be awarded at any time during the school year.
  • Merit scholarships are not automatically renewed each school year.
  • The awarded amount of Merit Scholarship may vary from year to year.
  • New students are required to take a placement class or be evaluated in a Kansas City Ballet School class, by a current faculty member and the School Director, before being considered.

 

 

The following Scholarships are available to Kansas City Ballet School Academy Division and ROAD (Reach Out and Dance) students:

 

Francis Family Foundation
Established in 2004, the Francis Family Foundation Endowment Fund was developed to support minority involvement in Kansas City Ballet through the Ballet’s outreach and education programs.  

Todd Bolender Scholarship
Todd Bolender, artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet from 1981-1995, had a vision to establish a school as a training ground for professional dance. His vision emanated from his extensive work experience with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet. This Fund will provide scholarships for students attending Kansas City Ballet School.

Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball Scholarship
Funds for these scholarships are generated each year through the generosity and hard work of the volunteers of the Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon, many of whom are parents of Kansas City Ballet School students. Scholarships are awarded to students exhibiting natural talent and a strong passion for dance.

Jane Pierce Endowed Scholarship
This commemorative scholarship(s) pays tribute to Jane Pierce, teacher and founder of Somerset Ballet (now Kansas City Ballet School - Johnson County campus), and her desire to allow access to high-quality dance training to any student, regardless of their ability to afford tuition. Each year, scholarship(s) will be awarded to students who show natural talent, a strong passion for dance, and financial need. This Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Academy Division at the Kansas City Ballet School - Johnson County Campus.

 

*All personal and financial information is destroyed at the end of each school year or summer session*