Scholarship Guidelines

As well as its core and program expenditure (the main activities of the TCF), TCF (also referred to as “School”) makes a limited number of scholarships in pursuit of its not- for- profit mission each year. 

Bernie Dushman Scholarship Fund (BDSF)

Set up in memory of our fellow teacher, board member and friend, Bernie Dushman, this Fund makes awards to support the training costs at Summer and Winter Tai Chi Trainings presented by our School.  The BDSF expects to make at least 5 grants each year, of $500-$1,000 each, but will award more scholarships as funds allow.  

The Fund prioritizes applications in two areas:

  • To support training costs for students in financially constrained circumstances. 
  • To support training costs for apprentice teachers.  Priority will be given to (a) apprentices -who are in financially-constrained circumstances (b) for whom attending training would offer an opportunity to develop one’s practice (c) would benefit students and fellow apprentices at Summer/Winter training and (d) members of TCF. 

Scholarships will normally only cover direct teaching and other on-facility costs.  Scholarships will not cover travel, meals or accommodation expenses.

Eligibility:  To be eligible, a student must be a current or former student in one of our teaching locations, a dues-paying member of TCF.  An application should be supported via a recommendation and signature by a member of the Tai Chi Foundation (a current teacher with our school).

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications are available here and upon e-mail request to  Completed applications  are to be sent to the BDSF committee by email to or by mail and comprise a one page description of the scholarship request. Applications are due no later than June 15th for a summer program and November 30th for a winter program.  There are no exceptions to these application deadlines.