Our desire is that any young person who wishes to participate in Trollwood programs is able to do so. Financial Aid is awarded taking into consideration the following criteria:

  1. Financial needs of the student’s family. Criteria are based on the guidelines established by the Fargo Public School’s free and reduced-price lunch program. Preference will be given to students from Cass County, ND, and Clay County, MN.
  2. Proficiency (taking into consideration talent, skills and merit) of the student.
  3. Trollwood needs to strengthen sections or departments after regular enrollment is completed.

Every applicant will be given due consideration as funds are awarded, but because of the number of applicants and limited amount of funding, every applicant may not receive funding, or may not be awarded full funding. All applicants are encouraged to seek their own other possible sources of funding.

NOTE: If a financial aid request is not fully granted, personalized payment plans are available to anyone who prefers to split up their program fee balance into multiple installments. No financial aid application is required for a payment plan; simply check the appropriate payment option box on the registration form. To take advantage of the payment plan option, a credit card is required.

Application Process

Financial Aid application is a part of the online registration process.  In order to be considered for financial aid please answer the prompts that relate to financial aid and complete your registration in it’s entirety.  Our Financial Aid committee will process your request and email you their decision.

We want every student who wishes to attend Trollwood to have the opportunity. If assistance is needed, please do not hesitate to apply.



Matthew Thibedeau Memorial Performance Scholarship

Established in memory of Matthew Thibedeau, Trollwood alumni and instructor, and international professional performer who passed away in 2009 from Cystic Fibrosis. This scholarship fund is dedicated to helping talented young people in our community take the steps to achieve their dreams of a career in the performing arts, by providing support for their training at Trollwood Performing Arts School.

An annual scholarship from a dedicated endowment fund will be awarded to a student who exemplifies Matthew’s drive to develop their skills in the arts, has an unflagging passion to perform, and has a strong desire to be a positive role model for others.

The Matthew Thibedeau Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one or more students (as annual funds are available) who wish to participate in Trollwood Performing Arts School summer performance programs and meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate passion and interest in the performing arts.
  2. Participate in school, church or other community performing arts opportunities.
  3. Are recognized by their teachers, parents, or other mentors as having a high level of motivation to learn and grow in the arts.

To apply, download a Matthew Thibedeau Memorial Scholarship Fund Application Form or pick up scholarship forms at our offices, located in Marcil Commons, Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN. Be sure to review and verify the fund’s specific criteria to ensure you meet stated criteria for this scholarship.

Kit Scherber Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship provides funding to assist young people interested in developing skills in leadership and technical theatre. The scholarship will help provide funding for a student interested in participating in our technical theatre program. This will provide a student the opportunity to work with professionals to advance his/her skills in an area of technical theatre.

Inspired by Kit Scherber’s lifelong commitment to bettering life for youth, we will strive to exemplify Kit’s level of commitment and caring with our annual scholarship recipient selection. To apply, please complete the financial aid/scholarship questions in the online registration process. Please note on the registration, that you are applying for the Kit Scherber Memorial Scholarship.


The STAR program is a nationally-recognized youth program developed and provided by Trollwood Performing Arts School. This program supports at-risk youth by using the arts as a tool to help them build life skills to deal effectively with challenges. Through STAR, youth receive free arts training, transportation, class supplies, and meals. But most importantly, students receive guidance from caring adults who offer instruction and motivation, emphasizing the student’s strengths, and helping them realize and achieve their fullest potential.

The basic premise of STAR is that involvement in the arts, in a structured and caring environment, greatly improves the lives of at-risk youth. STAR targets youth, ages 6 to 18 who are facing extraordinary challenges (poverty, physical, social, behavioral and/or emotional issues, cultural disparity, low academic standing, substance abuse, and/or legal problems) and teaches them to nurture their personal talents, ultimately increasing confidence and competence, communication skills, self-efficacy, citizenship, and character. STAR empowers young people to take charge of their own lives and inspires them to find success in school, in work, and in life.

STAR participants are integrated into all classes and performance programs of Trollwood and are not identified as such to the general Trollwood student body. This is a conscious effort to give all Trollwood participants an equal opportunity to engage and mature in positive personal expression and cooperation–hallmarks of the total Trollwood experience.

If you feel you (or someone you know) might benefit by becoming a STAR participant, please contact our Program Coordinator, Nancy Glaser, at (218) 477-6500.