Awards and Scholarships

Dance New Jersey administers and adjudicates the annual Governor’s Awards for Arts Education – Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance. Dual members of Dance New Jersey and the National Dance Education Organization may also apply to operate a chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts at their school or studio and are then eligible to apply for NDEO’s National Artistic Merit Leadership and Academic Achievement Award. For more information on the National Honor Society for Dance Arts Secondary (High School) Program and how to start a chapter, click HERE.

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2019 NDEO
Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award

(aka NHSDA Award)

Application Now Available!

The 2019 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award Application is Now Available!

All High School Seniors and Juniors who have been inducted into an NHSDA Secondary Chapter are encouraged to apply!

Students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) Secondary Program at their school or dance studio and are current juniors and seniors in High School are eligible for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation. 

The National Winner of the award will receive up to a $1,000 scholarship and a certificate. There will also be National Finalists and Honorable Mention Recipients. Applicants may be eligible for a state level award if their NDEO State Affiliate chooses to present one. Personal congratulatory messages from NDEO's Executive Director are sent to the school district superintendent, school principal and state program arts coordinators (if contact information is provided by the applicant).Students should hit the SUBMIT button in the online application no later than February 22, 2019. This then triggers an email to be sent to the Chapter Sponsor requesting that they upload the Recommendation Letter by March 1, 2019

Click here to learn more. 

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