Frances L. Chalif Senior Scholarship Honoring Frances & Amos Chalif

The Frances L. Chalif Senior Scholarship Fund was begun by Amos Chalif to honor his sister Frances. She died in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver on her way to Palm Sunday Mass.  

The first scholarship auditions were conducted on April 5, 1987.  The scholarship was maintained by Amos until his passing in 2012.  The scholarship name was changed to honor both he and Frances to show our appreciation for his generosity to our organization.

The scholarship is now solely funded by ADT-NJ.  It is awarded annually by audition to high school students of ADT-NJ members in good standing.

The 32nd Annual Frances L. Chalif Memorial Scholarship Audition was held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in the style of Ballet. 

Senior Scholarships

2018 Senior Scholarship Winners with our judges.

Date: Sunday March 18th

Time: 12 Noon (students arrive 11:30 am)

Genre: Ballet

Venue: NJ Ballet, 15 Microlab Road, Livingston, NJ

Cost: $25 per applicant. This fee is Non-refundable.

Check out our 2018 Senior Scholarship Winners in action

We want to thank everyone who participated in 2018!
2018 Senior Scholarship Winners:
Christina DiBella - First Place

Madison Montagna - Second Place

Morgan Brown - Third Place

Teacher: Helen Watts of Moderne Academie of Dance

**NEW Format for 2018**

This year the scholarship audition was conducted in a class format rather than a solo audition piece.

Students took a 1 1/2 hour class in the designated genre as well as submitting a brief essay.

Applicants Will Be Evaluated On:

  • Personal appearance/dress code
  • Introduction/essay summary presentation
  • Technique class: attitude and effort, dance etiquette, application of teacher corrections, and technical execution
  • Combination: performance quality and technical execution.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • ADT-NJ Member must be in good standing (dues paid) and have attended and signed into at least one Workshop Meeting during the current season.
  • ADT-NJ Member must accompany their student entrants on the day of the audition.
  • Entrant must be a current student of a Member and have attended at least one ADT-NJ Workshop during the current season.
  • Entrant must be a high school student, grades 9-12, not acting in an independent teaching capacity (teaching assistants are welcome to apply).
  • Entrant must complete the online application (link below) along with the $25.00 non-refundable application fee by midnight on March 4, 2018.
  • Entrant must download, complete, scan, and email the Senior Scholarship Release Form (provided to eligible studios via email) by midnight on March 4, 2018 to​

How to Apply:

  • Application links will be sent via email to eligible teachers to forward to their students.
  • An eligible teacher may submit as many qualified students as they wish (no limit).
  • The student will then submit their own application (including essay and release) online.
  • Confirmation of receipt of application will be emailed to the ADT-NJ Member Teacher. The firm deadline for entry and complete release forms is midnight two weeks prior to the event.

Additional questions may be directed to the sholarshop committee:

Lorri Goldman-Mendez 908-227-3757 or Lindsey Grites-Weeks 609-705-8312