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Sono Osato Scholarship Essays

Career Transition For Dancers


With offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and a mobile National Outreach Project, Career Transition For Dancers is a nonprofit organization that enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines.

The organization has two funds committed to helping dancers realize their career transition objectives: 1) the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund, which provides $2,000 in scholarships or grants to initiate an academic or retraining process or to help professional dancers with start-up money for a new business; and 2) the Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies, which provides $5,000 scholarships toward graduate degrees in fields other than dance, such as the creative arts therapies.


5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 455
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 549 6660

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Scholarship Description

We will be offering a limited number of competitive scholarships based on academic merit and financial need for current and former dancers who have received the maximum amount from the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund and are pursuing graduate degrees in fields other than performance dance. The Osato Scholarship will be limited to a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to any one individual, paying for tuition and fees only. It is anticipated that the endowment will generate funds sufficient to award a grant to a minimum of two applicants annually. Award checks will be made out to the institution. Awards will not be granted retroactively (e.g. not be used to reimburse dancers for tuition already paid, for loans or other credit debt.) To be eligible to apply for a Sono Osato Scholarship applicants must: Have received the maximum allowed amount from the Newhouse Scholarship Fund. Have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA for an undergraduate or graduate degree, or recent pre-requisite coursework. Be studying or planning to study at the graduate level for a degree in one of the approved areas, such as professional degrees (law and medicine), the medical arts (nursing, physicians assistant, physical therapy, etc.), the helping professions (social work, counseling, psychology, creative arts therapies, etc.), physical and social sciences, education, business and the humanities. Previous recipients of a Gasparinetti Scholarship award are not eligible to apply for an Osato Scholarship.