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Thanks to the generous donations to the Thom Cobb Memorial Fund, NDEO is proud to continue the Thom Cobb Memorial Scholarship.
Thom Cobb passed away suddenly on December 2, 2016. This fund honors Thom's dedication to dance education and his service to NDEO by providing for a scholarship for a dance educator to attend NDEO National Conference. Thom has been a member of NDEO since 2002. He served two, three-year terms on the Board of Directors and was President 2013-2016. As president, Thom oversaw the restructuring of the NDEO governance, worked with the organization to get more states to offer teaching certification in dance, oversaw Task Forces that included the development of the Priorities for Dance Education, and provided both leadership and direction to the NDEO Board of Directors and NDEO Membership. When elected Thom said, "I am very happy to serve in this position and give back to an organization that has given me, and my wife, so much," Cobb said.
Every year this award goes to an individual who is a first time conference attendee and working dance education professional. Preference will be given to current NDEO members. As the 2020 and 2021 National Conferences were canceled due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, there was no Thom Cobb Memorial Scholar either year. We hope to reinstate this scholarship in 2022 for our in-person conference in Atlanta, Georgia.