The W. Dale and Geraldine Crooks Scholarship Request for Proposals

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The W. Dale and Geraldine Crooks Scholarship Request for Proposals


In the fall of 2002, Ballet Arts Ensemble Board of Directors affirmed one of their stated goals by creating the W. Dale and Geraldine Crooks Scholarship. This program is designed to provide young dancers with opportunities to develop and perfect their talents in dance.

Sharing a strong belief in this goal for many years were two of Ballet Arts Ensemble’s most generous and faithful patrons—the late W. Dale Crooks and the late Geraldine Crooks. A classically trained and accomplished pianist, Mr. Crooks and his wife Geraldine recognized and nurtured a dedication and love for all the arts—and especially for dance—in their daughter, Ballet Arts Ensemble’s Artistic Director Cathleen Crooks Huling. Their support has enabled this dedication and love to grow, flourish, and manifest itself in the lives of many young dancers over the years.

The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize the Crooks’ tangible support of the mission of the Ensemble by naming this The W. Dale and Geraldine Crooks Scholarship.

About the scholarship:

This scholarship provides serious dancers with financial assistance for summer study outside of Ballet Arts School of Dance in order to enrich and further their dance education. Funds may be used for any dance related field of study.

Summer programs must be provided by nonprofit organizations. If you have questions about the nonprofit status of your proposed program, email David H. Smith, chair of the Scholarship Committee, at

Who may apply:

All dancers who are currently in academic grades six through eleven and enrolled at Ballet Arts School of Dance are eligible to apply. Dancers do not need to be members of Ballet Arts Ensemble to apply for scholarships.

Submit the Application:

Applications and attachments may be submitted either by email or USPS. Applications received or postmarked after March 19 will not be accepted.

Email to:

OR mail to:

BAE Scholarships
c/o D. H. Smith
1927 Banbury Road
Kalamazoo MI 49001-5200

Do not deliver the application and attachments to Ballet Arts School of Dance.


  • Friday, February 26, for round one
  • Friday, March 26, for round two

You may apply for either round. Applications not awarded from round one will automatically be carried into round two. You do not need to apply for both deadline dates.