The Dare to Dream Scholarship

The Dare to Dream Scholarship 2024

Presented By

The National Alumni Association of the Cincinnati

School for Creative & Performing Arts

The National Alumni Association of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts is excited to announce and honored to invite 2024 Seniors to apply for the 2024 Dare to Dream Scholarship.  As graduates and future graduates of SCPA, we collectively share a story. We attended a school that fostered artistic expression, built academic excellence, shaped our character, and encouraged us to persevere and see beyond our limitations. 

The Dare to Dream Scholarship is intended to help students offset the cost of their educational or professional pursuits.  This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating SCPA senior who has displayed a commitment to academic success, shown good character/personal growth, and persevered when faced with challenges.  Whether you plan to pursue a career in the arts or another field, we know that your experience at SCPA has prepared you well.

This year our association is happy to announce that because of overwhelming alumni support we will be awarding multiple scholarships again this year for qualifying seniors. We will have several $500 scholarships and 1 $1000 scholarship for students going into the arts, as well as several $500 scholarship and 1 $1000 scholarship for a student who is not pursuing the arts.

To be considered for this scholarship you must: 

  • Be a current high school senior at SCPA
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Accepted into 2-4-year post-secondary institution  
  • or Accepted into a professional training program, internship, military service, or apprenticeship  
  • 2 Submitted Letters of Recommendation from two trusted Teachers (Academic or Arts), Mentors, Employers, or Community Leaders who can speak to why you should be considered for this scholarship. 
  • Write an essay (500 words min.) on the topic provided below:

Essay Prompt:

“And when I grow up, I will be smart enough to answer all the questions that you need to know the answers to, before you’re grown up.” 

When I Grow Up  from the hit musical MATILDA. 

We have all been asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As we grow older, and experience new things, our dreams and aspirations tend to change. Describe your current career aspirations, and explain what led you to follow that career path, tell us how your decisions, life experiences, and training at SCPA have led you closer to your dream.

Basic Requirements for all Essay Submissions:

  • Typed (500 words min.)
  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • MLA Format

Assessed Criteria Areas:

  • Essay Prompt – Did you clearly address the Essay Prompt?
  • Provide Skills Acquired – Did you clearly provide examples of skills you’ve acquired that will help you in the future?
  • Essay Organization – Is your essay organized and clear in ideas from beginning to end?
  • Writing Mechanics – Have you proofread your essay for technical, spelling, and grammatical errors? 
  • Academic Goals – Did you clearly provide examples of your Academic Goals and what you want to accomplish in the future?

Additional Helpful Writing Tips:

  • Pay attention to grammar and spelling.
  • Make sure you have written and formatted the essay according the guidelines above.
  • Put your personality on paper! We need to be able to understand who you are through your writing.
  • Reflect on and include the theme of our quote from a chorus line and try your best to have it relate back to your topic.
  • Use details from your experience at SCPA to help elevate your essay topic.

Please complete the scholarship application and upload your essay by going to  If you have questions or experience any difficulty with uploading your essay, you can submit it directly to

All applications and essays must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2024. 

PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into a valid google account in order to submit your application! CPS Students can use their CPS emails for google accounts as well!

Please Apply and Upload Your Essay Here:

Letter of Recommendations 

2 Submitted Letters of Recommendation from two trusted Teachers (Academic or Arts), Mentors, Employers, or Community Leaders are required in order to be considered for this scholarship.  Letters must be submitted via the form below.

Both submissions must be filled out in their entirety, reviewed , and  attached with all necessary and needed information.

Submit Letter of Recommendation Here:

Click Here to see interviews with past Scholarship Winners: