So glad to find this thread!
Discotish - Our home institution is Belmont (husband is a professor). Congrats on your daughter’s acceptance! I just attended Belmont’s TE presentation this morning and can confirm that they don’t decide on TE until the spring.
As for our story… Daughter is wanting a northeast or DC school. Unsure of major, but likely Polticial Science or something in the Humanities. She wants to participate in music and theater but not as a major. She has a huge list of small liberal arts colleges and a few Ivies, and 2 DC schools (Georgetown and American). We think she is a pretty competitive applicant - 4.0 UW/4.7 W GPA, Full IB Diploma student taking more than required # of classes. 5s on 3 AP tests she’s taken. 1480 SAT (waiting for results on Oct test - she thinks she might have broken 1500), National Merit Commended Scholar, Senior Class President (class of 500+), Model UN and Youth in Government participant and officer with multiple state level positions, active in local politics and Pres. of Young Democrats, Officer in numerous Honor Societies, Music and Theater experience (including lead roles in community theater Musicals and All-State Choir,). The only TE schools on her list right now are Sarah Lawrence and American. I just got off the phone with Sarah Lawrence and was told they give 1-3 awards and last year had 100 applicants. At American they gave TE to 7% of the applicants. We are chasing merit and financial aid (we qualify but EFC is unrealistic).
Non-TE schools on her list: Amherst, Swarthmore, Vassar, Wesleyan, Bryn Mawr, Barnard, Yale (applying REA), Brown. There are a lot of reaches here and not many safe schools, especially in this climate. Any suggestions for other schools in the northeast that give more TE scholarships? Was just looking at Drew.