Scholarship Program

The Tara Hughes Memorial Scholarship

In memory of our friend and fellow dancer Tara Hughes, we offer a yearly scholarship to I *Heart* Balboa.  This scholarship is for a dancer who is especially thoughtful & kind, has gone out of their way to help someone in need, or who has made a difference in the lives of others in their community. Rather than applying for this scholarship for yourself, we are asking the community to nominate someone who embodies the qualities we all loved so much in Tara.

What will scholarship recipient(s) receive?

- a pass to the event

- one private lesson with the instructor of their choice

- a $150 cash stipend to use for travel costs or more private lessons, as they choose

How are recipients selected?

The staff of I ♥ Bal select a scholarship recipient by reading what you write about the nominees and voting for entries using a ranked-choice system.

To make it as fair as possible, and to avoid any bias, all identifying info (names/dance scenes/event names) is redacted before the staff reviews the applications.  This allows the staff to evaluate the applications blind. (It also means that what you write about your nominee is really important!).  Only the event coordinator, Erica, has access to the identifying info and she doesn't get a vote.
Last day to nominate a dancer is June 10th, 2023

We will select a recipient by late June 2023

Donate to the Scholarship Fund
We aim to provide 1 to 2 scholarships per year.

If you'd like to donate a few dollars toward the scholarship fund, you can do so when you register for our event. You can also donate via PayPal payment to or Venmo to @Erica-Vess (use 3132 if prompted to confirm). Make sure to include a note to let us know it is for the Scholarship Fund.

RVA Swing LLC is not a 501c3 organization, so unfortunately donations to the scholarship fund are not tax deductible.