My son is a very artsy guy who loves Music, Theater, and anything creative. He plans to study the Arts in college (and hopefully major in something practical like Education so he can get a steady job). His stats are not awful, but not great either - he’s got about a 3.3 gpa and scored a 21 on the ACT. (If he re-took the ACT he could probably improve that score a bit.)
Given this resume, we are looking at state schools here in Arizona. Northern Arizona University has offered him a very generous merit scholarship of $5000/year, making our total expense (tuition, room & board, and fees) affordable for our family. We make too much to get need-based aid, but we don’t make enough money to pay for an expensive college education (and we don’t want to saddle him with student loan debt), so the budget and the total price tag are extremely important here. (As an aside, our whole family loves Flagstaff and we spend a lot of time there, so we feel the school is also a good fit for our son socially/emotionally.)
I’m all in for NAU, and we have technically accepted their offer (though we haven’t paid the deposit yet), but now my son’s Theater teacher is telling him that he may be able to audition at some colleges and get a Theater scholarship. I suppose that would be ok if it worked out to a similar price or less, but this is sounding like a long shot to me. Additionally, my son has not been in a traditional, rigorous, four-year high school Drama program, but just in a variety of small classes at alternative schools and charter schools over the years. He does have some natural talent as an actor, but he definitely doesn’t have a long and impressive resume in Drama/Theater or any experience auditioning in a competitive setting.
Is the Theater teacher right? Am I overlooking some opportunities for him to audition and get a Theater scholarship? Or are these extremely competitive and hard to come by, as I’m imagining? She recommended auditioning at the University of Arizona, but I am not seeing anything about auditioning for Theater scholarships on their website. Alternatively, are there other schools (even out of state schools) that I should be looking at, where this scenario might actually work?
Any advice is welcome!