Scholarships

Scholarships

 

Deadlines to apply are as follows:
August 1 – for scholarships September thru December;
December 1 – for scholarships January thru May;
May 1 – for scholarships June thru August
For more information, call 479-785-0152.

 

The Nancy Wood Scholarship Fund

It is the desire of the Board of Directors of Western Arkansas Ballet that no student who wishes to pursue dance be turned away due to financial hardship. The Nancy Wood Scholarship Fund was established by the Board of Directors of Western Arkansas Ballet in 1993 in honor of the Ballet Founder and then President of the Board. This is the only dance scholarship program in the state of Arkansas.

This special fund is to aid young dancers, ages 10 and up, who have the desire to pursue the art of dance but not the financial means to do so. Moneys from this fund pay for dance tuition, shoes, workshop fees, supplies, travel expense and/or other purposes as approved by the Scholarship Committee.

Nancy Wood has served as a Board Member, School Manager, Executive Director and Board President. She and her husband, Don, were founding members of Ballet Arkansas in Little Rock under the guidance of Mrs. Lorraine Cranford. Don Wood was Treasurer for Ballet Arkansas and Nancy was the Guild President from 1978 until their move to Fort Smith in 1981.

Nancy has transformed her vision of a dance company and school where correct dance technique and discipline is taught. It has been her insistence on quality that has been the driving force behind Western Arkansas Ballet. It has always been Nancy’s desire to promote the art of dance in the area and to provide the best possible training to any child who has the desire to dance regardless of their financial means.

In recognition of and gratitude for the thousands of hours Nancy has given to Western Arkansas Ballet, the Board of Directors has established this scholarship in her name. The Board has contributed seed money for the scholarship fund and encourages community support for this very worthwhile effort to help young dancers in our community.

Mail your application to:
Nancy Wood Scholarship
Western Arkansas Ballet
4701 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, AR  72904-7141

Initial Application Form

Re-Application Form

 

Ray Moore Scholarship Fund

The Ray Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in spring of 2005 by the children of Ray Moore.  Ray was a life member of the Western Arkansas Ballet Board of Directors and performed almost yearly as Drosselmeyer in the annual production of The Nutcracker. Much to his own heartbreak, he missed the 1997 and 2004 productions because of his health.

Mr. Moore grew up in Fort Smith and lost his parents at an early age.   He was a graduate of Fort Smith High School class of 1955.  At the time of his death, March 26, 2005, he was self-employed as a Public Records Researcher.  Mr. Moore was also an Army veteran, a member of Miss Laura’s Players and was active in The Fort Smith Little Theatre.

He attributed many of the things he was able to do to the generosity of people in this community.  Those who knew him know that he loved to entertain people of all ages but he especially loved children.  At his request, the fund was established to help children ages 4 to 9 to be able to participate in dance that might not otherwise be able to participate because of financial reasons.  Tuition, leotards, and shoes can be covered at the discretion of the Scholarship board.  Applications may be picked up at the studio.

Mail your application to:
Ray Moore Scholarship Fund
Western Arkansas Ballet
4701 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, AR  72904-7141

Initial Application Form
Re-Application Form