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A scholarship gift is one of the most important ways of supporting and partnering with outstanding students in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Scholarship support goes directly to student’s educational expenses and now more than ever before, often is the deciding factor in a student’s ability to achieve their dream to go to Arizona State University. A scholarship gift provides a meaningful way to have your name, or that of another family member, friend or former teacher or mentor, or a firm’s name as part of the future of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
For an annual scholarship, a donor makes a gift (usually at least $500) with the intent that the entire gift will be awarded to one or more students during the same academic year as when the gift was made or within an established timeframe, usually not more than two years. Donors can specify the Friends of Music, Friends of Dance or Friends of Theatre account.
Gifts of less than $5,000 go directly into the Director's Annual Scholarship Fund and are awarded in full in the fall of each year to students on the basis of merit and/or need. Donors can specify the Friends of Music, Friends of Dance or Friends of Theatre account.
When a donor makes an investment to establish an endowed music scholarship, they ensure scholarship support for students in perpetuity. The director works with the donor to establish criteria that honor the donor’s particular program interest. Typically, endowment funds start with a commitment of $25,000. Many times, donors, will elect to build up the endowment fund over a period of time – usually two to three years. An endowment fund ensures that an award will be made to a student(s) each and every year in the name of that fund. Endowed scholarships allow donors to build relationships with their recipients.
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre has one of the most dynamic and committed alumni communities at Arizona State University. As alumni well know, an educational workshop, travel to a professional competition or the opportunity to present their research at state and national bodies, help strengthen and broaden a current student’s experience outside the classroom and studio space. Through alumni support, students are exposed to a broad range of academic and real-life experiences that help them acquire the knowledge they need to be successful in their chosen career. Donors can specify the Friends of Music, Friends of Dance or Friends of Theatre account.