Department Awards & Scholarships

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Several monetary scholarships are awarded annually by the department for outstanding performance and achievement.

Foundation Awards

Bette Bailey Scholarship for Excellence in Dance

This scholarship honors an outstanding current student from SUNY Brockport’s Department of Dance, who demonstrates high achievement, artistic and creative ability in dance, and who shows promise as a performer or choreographer.

2021-2022 Recipient: Rose Wake

Bill Evans Award for Embodied Scholarship

This scholarship honors an outstanding undergraduate or graduate accepted major in the Department of Dance, who demonstrates the ability to significantly apply concepts and practices derived from Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies or another system of somatics inquiry to their creative and/or scholarly work.

2021-2022 Recipient: Nia Robertson

Brockport Dancers Against Racism Scholarship

This scholarship was established to support the Department and the College’s commitment to creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning community by supporting minority dance students and/or those who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages.

2021-2022 Recipient: Kalli Donald

The Ernestine Ford Graduate Scholarship

The award recognizes an outstanding incoming graduate student in the department of dance, in honor of Dr. Darwin Prioleau’s grandmother, Ernestine.

2021-2022 Recipient: Zoe Walders

Friends of Brockport Dance

This scholarship recognizes new or continuing students in the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport who demonstrate the potential for artistic and/or academic excellence in dance.

2021-2022 Recipient: Sophia Constable, Cameron Sanzo, Kelsey Scalzo, Amanda St. Amour, and Kate Williams

Jocelyn A. Reed Memorial Award

Cynthia Powell-Reed established this award in memory of her daughter Jocelyn. This award recognizes a graduating senior receiving a degree in either Dance and/or Exercise Science with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, who demonstrates the potential for excellence in a career in dance or physical therapy.

2021-2022 Recipients: Carly Andrake, Kelsey Scalzo, and Ebony Vasquez

Nat Goodhartz Award

This recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in SUNY Brockport’s dance program who has demonstrated proficiency in dance science through curricular or extracurricular activities, and who has demonstrated academic excellence through a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

2021-2022 Recipient: Macenzie Reese

Payton Choreographic Award

This scholarship recognizes a full-time undergraduate Dance major, who possesses an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who has the support of the faculty who instruct courses in choreography and have completed at least one semester of dance choreography sequences of courses.

2021-2022 Recipient: Claudia Coonan

Pylyshenko Family Scholarship for International Study

This award alternates between recognition for a graduate student in Dance or in Fine Arts, who have permanent residence outside the U.S.

2021-2022 Recipient: Katrina Smith

Pylyshenko-Strasser Graduate Dance Award

Professor Emeritus Rose L. Strasser, the department's founding chair established this award to recognizes a graduate student in Dance who has completed at least nine credit hours showing artistic and creative ability, high level of academic achievement, and evidence of service to the Department of Dance. 

2021-2022 Recipient: Carey Barnette, Megan Deshotel, and Mark Malcom

Rose L. Strasser Dance Award

Professor Emeritus Rose L. Strasser, the department's founding chair established this award to recognize an outstanding dance student who has exhibited ability and potential in dance through high academic achievement, artistic and creativity ability in dance, and promise as a performer and/or choreographer.

2021-2022 Recipient: Alexandria Diamond, Eve Higginson, and Katrina Trueworthy

Santo J. Giglio Award in Choreography

This award recognizes an outstanding student in SUNY Brockport’s Dance program who is an undergraduate dance major, who demonstrates an original creative voice along with a commitment to choreographic practice, and who demonstrates academic excellence.

2021-2022 Recipient: Jessica Karcz

Susan S. Collier Dance Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes one or more undergraduate dance majors who demonstrate academic excellence in the areas of performance and/or choreography.

2021-2022 Recipients: Kiana Cotton, Nia Robertson, Lily Wegerski, and Brandon Wollke

Susan S. Collier Freshman Dance Award

This award recognizes promising incoming first time, freshman students in the Department of Dance. Eligible students will demonstrate academic excellence and tremendous promise in pursing their studies in dance at SUNY Brockport.

2021-2022 Recipients: Heather Boorman, Emily Comito, and Rachel Greene


Department Awards

Rose L. Strasser Service Award

An award that recognizes students who display creativity, leadership, and responsibility as evidenced by participation in departmental and Dance Club activities.

2021-2022 Award Recipient: Carey Barnette and Kenya Petty

Department of Dance Undergraduate Service Award

This award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and service to the department.

2021-2022 Award Recipients: Catherine Mcconnell, Lucy Mundschau, Kaylie Osborn, and Rose Wake

Department of Dance Graduate Service Award

This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and service to the department.

2021-2022 Award Recipients: Jocelyn Schimpf and Frankie Soldevere

Department Scholar

This award recognizes a student with the highest academic achievement within the department.

2021-2022 Award Recipient: Lucy Mundschau

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

This award recognizes a senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exhibited a strong mastery of understanding/performance element in their discipline and contributed significantly to their department.

2021-2022 Award Recipient: Kaitlin Hill, Stephanie Kotsch, Devonn Mckenna, and Cameron Sanzo

Outstanding Graduate Student

This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exhibited a strong mastery of understanding/performance element in their discipline and contributed significantly to their department.

2021-2022 Award Recipient: Natalia Lisina


Awards for Summer Study

Brockport Dancers Against Racism Experiential Learning Fund

This experiential learning fund recognizes a SUNY Brockport Dance Major or Dance Major Intent, a Dance Minor, and/or participates in creative dance works via campus involvement at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

2021-2022 Award Recipients: Sophie Constable, Sierra Stevens, and Rose Wake

Susan S. Collier Summer Experience in Dance Award

This award supports summer study in dance for students who display an ability to use the experience to grow as dancers or choreographers.

2021-2022 Award Recipients: Sophie Constable, Sierra Stevens, and Rose Wake

Last Updated 8/3/21