I am a Canadian doing some research on behalf of my son who would like to swim for a Div one University. He has his sights set on somewhere hot which is not an option in Canada.... The trouble being that as a Canadian we need to foot the entire bill so it is not an option unless he can get some type of scholarship help. Academically he is a mid ninety percent A student on a science track and although he has not yet done his SAT's he is booked to take them in May. Apparently they can be retaken as often as necessary and he is studying and planning to sit them more than once to get his results as high as possible.
He has only been swimming and training competitively for two years and he just turned 16, but he posts times that put him tenth at U of Florida and third at U of Hawaii for his best swim.(he is a distance swimmer but does well at anything freestyle.) He is extremely hard working and motivated and we do not need to push him, so we will do all we can to facilitate his goals.
I am trying to get a sense of what if anything he may be offered if a school had an interest. I understand that full rides are out, but I also am told that even partial scholarships are rare for a new recruit as there is too much risk of them crashing out and wasting the investment. So I am hoping someone may be able to fill me in a bit on how the whole scholarship thing works, and whether we should steer him back toward a more affordable Canadian University.
Thanks for the help