Scholarship Information

We are pleased to be able to provide scholarship funds to those who might not otherwise be able to come to camp. We offer both work scholarships and what we call "named" scholarships. These named scholarships have been established to honor people who have made a significant contribution to country dance, music and song and to help support the education of future musicians and leaders by making camp accessible to people who might not otherwise afford to come. Please review the application procedures outlined below.

Donation in support of Scholarships are needed and gratefully accepted. If you are able to help another person benefit from our programs, you can do so by making a contribution along with your registration or at our online store. In addition, at each week of our summer camps, we hold auctions which raise money for future scholarships.

We also offer a one-to-one match of some scholarships sponsored by local groups. Information on these is sent to the CDSS Group Affiliates in January.

Work Scholarships

These scholarships reduce the camper fee by $175. Work Scholarships entail approximately 90 minutes of work every day: at Pinewoods, as dishwasher helper; at Timber Ridge and Ogontz, the work includes assisting the Camp Director in various tasks. All campers age 14 and up are eligible for work scholarships.

If you are applying only for a work scholarship, fill out only questions #1-3 on the Scholarship Application Form (pdf). There are additional jobs that give larger scholarships; most of these are assigned by February, but you may inquire for this year and for future years by checking the appropriate line on the form.

Named Scholarships

Named Scholarships are available as well. Some are simply need based and some are for potential or practicing teachers, leaders, singers and musicians of English and American country dance and song. This aid is usually in addition to a work scholarship. If you are interested in applying for a named scholarship, answer all the questions on the Scholarship Application Form (available soon).

Click on the name to read more about the person and the fund.

Fund Intended use/recipients
CDSS Scholarships to supplement work scholarship as needed
Youth Scholarship ages 15-30
Steve Adams morris/sword dancers with financial need
Christoffer Carstanjen all weeks
Early Music Leadership promising students of early music who have not previously attended
Grace Feldman promising students of Early Music Week staff at Early Music Week
Mary Kay Friday all adult dance weeks
May Gadd aspiring leaders and teachers of English or American dance
Michele Godbout young folk singers and musicians
Ed and Christine Helwig people involved with dance research and reconstruction
Bob and Kathleen Hider English country dancers at English Dance Week, English & American Dance Week, and Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge
John Hodgkin all Family and Campers' weeks with preference for families who are new to CDSS programs
Jennifer Lehmann recorder and viol players at Early Music Week
Phil Merrill English or American dance musicians
Peter Redgate dancers and musicians aged 15-30 with financial need at English Dance Week
Karl Rodgers/Pinewoods Morris Men morris and sword dancers, leaders or musicians
Bruce Weigold folk singers and musicians; morris and sword dancers, leaders or musicians
Janie Winkles English Dance Week, with a preference for people from the South

We will publish a list of named scholarship recipients. By submitting an application you have given your consent to CDSS to publish your name, should you receive a scholarship.

Application Procedure

Please note that camp applications must include a deposit to hold a space while scholarship applications are being considered. A full refund will be given if you must cancel due to insufficient scholarship aid.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out the Scholarship Application Form (pdf) and return it to CDSS with your camp registration and deposit. Applications received by March 23, the registration processing and lottery date, will be processed first, and those applicants will be notified of their registration and scholarship status in early April. All funds may be assigned at that time, but later applications for scholarships will be considered if funds are still available.