Cyril McNiff Memorial Scholarship Program

Scholarships are awarded annually to two different groups of applicants:

  • high school seniors graduating in Spring, and  
  • college students who are enrolled in a four-year undergraduate college program and who will still be enrolled during the following school year.

The scholarship program awards $34,000 in scholarships annually. The IDTANA gratefully recognizes Northwest Designs, Inc., which provides a very generous annual contribution to the scholarship program, which allows the program to award scholarships to a wide range of eligible applicants.

There is a detailed on-line process for submitting applications for consideration.

In order to submit an application, applicants must:

  • meet minimum academic criteria in their academic transcripts,
  • submit an official application form, and
  • provide required transcripts, other academic information, and all required documentation/paperwork by a stated deadline. 

 Each year, usually in the early Fall, the IDTANA Scholarship Committee provides a link to an application form, which also contains detailed information about the application process and timelines.  The link is available on this website.  It is also forwarded to all IDTANA regions across North America for distribution to teacher and their dancers.  Scholarship program applicants submit an initial application by the announced deadline (usually in December); they then receive further instructions about submitting required supporting documents by a second deadline (usually in January).

 All applications receive an in-depth review and evaluation.  A percentage of the applications are then advanced to a semi-final level, where they submit additional required paperwork (including a research based writing assignment).  A rigorous review process determines which of the semi-final applicants are then awarded scholarships.  Scholarship winners are officially announced and presented to the public one night before the awards ceremony at the North American Championships.  They are also publicized on the IDTANA website and in other media.