With the help of generous donors like you, the Joffrey provides over $500,000 in scholarships and tuition waivers annually to students of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet. Our Academy Scholarship program ensures that dedicated students have access to world-class training and exceptional performance opportunities at Joffrey, eliminating financial barriers on their paths to becoming professional dancers. 

Scholarship gifts not only invest in the lifelong talents of gifted dancers, but they are also an investment in the Joffrey – Chicago’s preeminent dance company. Today, one-third of Joffrey’s Company Artists have previously trained with the Academy. 

To learn more about sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Alicia Petrone at [email protected] or 312.386.8909

Scholarship Testimonials

Koa Chun

“Being part of the Joffrey Ballet Academy this year has been an honor and a life changing experience. I have learned so much from the faculty and my peers and even got to dance with professional Joffrey artists in mainstage productions. Without my scholarship this would not have been possible, and I am tremendously grateful.” (2022–2023 Ballet Trainee and Scholarship Recipient)

Isadora Bless

“It feels wonderful being supported by the Joffrey Academy Scholarship Fund. The Studio Company training program continuously makes my artistic and athletic ambitions possible and achievable.” (2022–2023 Studio Company member and Scholarship Recipient)

An inside look of a rigorous day in the life of a Joffrey Academy of Dance student.

2022–2023 Scholarship Sponsors

The Grainger Foundation 

Edward B. Beam, Jr. in loving memory of John Palatinus and Jack Alexander 

Liz Boshardy Memorial Scholarship  

Lawrence Corry 

Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship by Leibovitz Family Trust  

Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay Ellis Scholarship 

Lorna Ferguson  

Guarantee Trust Life Insurance  

Joanna Hwu 

Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship in Dance by Myrna Kaplan 

DL Morriss Family 

Rodriguez Family In Memory of Zaida E. Rodriguez 

Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure Endowed Scholarship 

Jeanette Stevens 

Sarah Torri and Paul Swinand 

Lorraine Trachtenberg 

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Waters III 

For More Information, Contact:

Alicia Petrone

Major Gifts Manager

Are you a young artist in need of financial aid? Please visit here for more information.