Apply for a Scholarship

Do I qualify for TFCA scholarship money?

Before starting your TFCA application, please review the eligibility criteria below. If you’re not sure about your eligibility, please e-mail apply@thefundforcollegeauditions.org. We want to help you make an informed decision!

Students must meet ALL of the following:

Household income of less than $20,000 per person.

Cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or more.

Current high school student or high school diploma holder who is no older than 23.

U.S. citizen or green card holder.

(See FAQs below for more information.)

FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS

The Fund For College Auditions wants to help talented, motivated acting and musical theatre students excel in the extremely competitive college audition process.

What you can expect from us:

We will give you and your young adult money to fund lessons, classes, and workshops by any of our approved education partners. We will recommend a training plan, but the actual distribution of the money is up to you as a family.

We will provide you and your young adult with money for travel, lodging, and audition necessities such as dance shoes.  We will recommend what to get and how to get it for the best prices, but the actual purchasing decisions are up to you as a family.

We will not ask that you discontinue training with any current teachers who are working with your child on a scholarship basis.

We will offer you a Personal Parent Resource. This parent who has recently gone through the college audition process with their young adult will be readily available via text, email, or phone for you to ask any questions that you have about preparing for and going through auditions with your young adult. It is up to you how much you communicate with this volunteer, but they will be eager to help any time you need them!

We believe that our students should have ownership of their own journey/story. It is up to your young adult and you to decide whether or not they wish to be known as students with TCFA.

We will not use photographs, video, or other media with your young adult’s image or name without prior written permission from the student and from you if the student is under 18.

We will provide translators for any information and conversations as needed.

What we expect from our families:

For all students: a family member or family friend who is over the age of 21 and is identified as the scholarship student’s emergency contact and point person for all logistical questions.

For students under age 18: A signed release from the student’s parent or legal guardian.

Timely response to any communication from us; response deadlines will be specified.

Receipts provided for all audition-related purchases.

FOR STUDENTS:

What you can expect from us:

We will give you and your parent or guardian (if you are under 18) money to fund lessons, classes, and workshops by any of our approved education partners. We will recommend a training plan, but the actual distribution of the money is up to you.

We will give you and your parent or guardian (if you are under 18) money for travel, lodging, and audition necessities such as dance shoes.  We will recommend what to get and how to get it for the best prices, but the actual purchasing decisions are up to you.

We will not ask that you leave any current teachers who are working with you on a scholarship basis.

We will provide you with both a current college student mentor and an industry mentor for the duration of your training and preparation. Those mentors will share the same background as you and are available to them as theatre big brothers and sisters, to help you navigate the hardest and scariest parts of the audition process and the inequities in the theatre world which you may students see and face. You guide how frequently or infrequently you are in touch with your mentors – it’s totally your call. But they will definitely be eager to talk to you whenever you want to connect!

We believe that our students should have ownership of their own journey/story. It is up to your young adult and you to decide whether or not they wish to be known as students with TCFA.

We will not use photographs, video, or other media with your image or name without prior written permission from you, and from your parent/guardian if you are under 18.

What we expect from our students:

Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and sharing your grade report with us every marking period*.

*The lowest cumulative GPA most non-academically selective colleges will consider for admission is 2.5. If you have a 2.0-2.4 cumulatively and extraordinary circumstances that have affected your academics, we will still consider maintaining your scholarship based on a discussion with you and feedback from your high school teachers.

Use of your scholarship money within the time period determined by you and our Director together.

Timely response to any communication from us; response deadlines will be specified.

Receipts provided for all audition-related purchases.

WHEN TO APPLY:

The Fund For College Auditions provides funding for artistic training and college guidance for rising high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Because the college audition process begins in early Fall of a student’s senior year, we will open applications on these dates each year:

For seniors: We will accept senior applications beginning on July 1st immediately after your junior year. If you discover us in fall of your senior year, it’s not too late to apply! We will continue to review applications as we receive them and award money to qualified students until Dec. 1st of your senior year.

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It is important to note that audition preparation should begin in your JUNIOR YEAR, so we strongly recommend applying for TFCA funding when you are a junior. We will have limited scholarship funds to distribute to newly-applying seniors.

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We will give you and your parent or guardian (if you are under 18) money for travel, lodging, and audition necessities such as dance shoes.  We will recommend what to get and how to get it for the best prices, but the actual purchasing decisions are up to you.

For juniors: Beginning Sept. 15th of your junior year. We will review applications until May 1st of your junior year. 

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We strongly recommend that you apply for funding and begin your audition preparation at this time!

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We will provide you with both a current college student mentor and an industry mentor for the duration of your training and preparation. Those mentors will share the same background as you and are available to them as theatre big brothers and sisters, to help you navigate the hardest and scariest parts of the audition process and the inequities in the theatre world which you may students see and face. You guide how frequently or infrequently you are in touch with your mentors – it’s totally your call. But they will definitely be eager to talk to you whenever you want to connect!

For sophomores and freshmen: Beginning Sept. 15th of your sophomore or freshman year. We will review applications until June 30th of your sophomore or freshman year.

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For sophomores and freshmen, scholarship funds can be applied to:
Summer acting programs
Summer musical theatre programs
Ongoing singing voice lessons
Ongoing dance classes

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Those awarded scholarship funding as freshmen and sophomores will be re-evaluated each year by TFCA’s Director and Educational Advisory Board. Funding will be renewed if the student has shown a sufficient amount of artistic and academic self-motivation, persistence, and growth.

HOW TO APPLY

STUDENTS:

AUDITION VIDEO:
We want to get to know you and your talents, so make us a video on a phone, tablet, computer, or with a video camera. If you are someone who communicates with ASL, do that and have a speaking interpreter off camera (can be a parent, teacher, friend, anyone!) If you use an assistive speech device, that’s great too.

You’ll make SEPARATE VIDEOS:

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VIDEO #1: Introduce yourself.

We want to get to know you as informally as possible, so don’t feel like this is a job interview. Be the real you, like you are with your closest friends – serious, silly, or anything else! Make sure to include ALL of the following. You can have these questions in front of you and answer in order if that’s easiest.

  • Tell us where you’re from.
  • How did you get into theatre?
  • What do you love about theatre? You can say one thing or many!
  • Who’s your favorite actor/actress and why?
  • Why do you want to go on to study theatre after high school?
  • How would you use TFCA scholarship money? (It’s ok if you don’t know yet!)
  • What else should we know about you? Anything is fair game!
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VIDEO #2: Tell us a story or do a monologue. Length should be 90 seconds to 3 minutes.

If you choose to tell a story, it can be about anything at all: something that happened to you or a friend or relative; why your favorite food is the best; what kind of pet you’d love to have; what you’d do with a million dollars; ANYTHING!

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VIDEO #3 - ONLY if you want to study musical theatre:

Sing ANY song that shows off your voice and is between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long.

You can sing a cappella (without any accompaniment), with a YouTube karaoke track, or with a friend/teacher who plays piano or guitar accompanying you.
The song can any type of music – whatever you love MOST. It doesn’t have to be from a musical, but it can be if you love that most. It can also be a pop song, a church song, etc.
Show off! This is your solo time and we want to hear what is special about your voice.
Please do not sing along with anyone else’s voice on a recording. We want to hear YOU!

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Upload your TWO (for those who want to study non-musical theatre acting) or THREE (for those who want to study musical theatre) videos to YouTube and mark them private. Copy their URLs for reference.

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TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS:

Have TWO teachers fill out our teacher recommendation form for you. They should be teachers who have taught you in high school in any subject. They will email it back to us directly so you do not need to get a copy of it from them.

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HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT:

Submit a copy of your high school transcript so far. It does NOT have to be an official copy; you can print it out from a computer or take a photo. It should show your cumulative GPA so far as well as all courses you have taken and your grade in each. If you are having trouble getting a copy of that or don’t know how to, email us and we’ll help you!

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APPLICATION FORM

Download here.

TFCA Application Checklist:

Email the following to apply@thefundforcollegeauditions.org:

1. Scanned application, including:
    – FOUR (4) printed and completed pages
    – Statement of Need
    – List of Student Training Expenses
    – Parent 2018 tax return 
    – Parent(s) most recent pay stub 
 
 
2. The names and email addresses of BOTH teachers to whom you’ve given the TFCA recommendation forms
 
3. The private YouTube video links for your application videos
 
4. Your scanned high school transcripts, including each grading period of high school that you have completed
 

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MAIL your application and all the other things listed in #1 above to:

The Fund for College Auditions 
50 W. 105th St. Apt. 1A
New York, NY 10025 
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you choose to mail the application to us, we recommend you send it with delivery tracking, so you can see when we receive it.  Unfortunately, things do get lost in the mail, so keep a backup copy of your application in case it gets lost and you need to scan and send some of it.
 
AND THEN EMAIL us at apply@thefundforcollegeauditions.org and tell us
1. Your name, address, and current year in high school (or when you graduated)
2. The date you mailed your application and from where
3. The names and email addresses of BOTH teachers to whom you’ve given the TFCA recommendation forms
4. The private YouTube video links for your application videos

FAQs

How many students do you fund each year?

That number changes based on our available donor funds and the amount of funding each funded student needs. Our goal is to fund as many students as possible!

Can you tell me more about the income requirement? I'm not sure if I qualify.

Absolutely! Our income qualification can be one of the trickier pieces to understand. In general, students are eligible if they come from a household that has an income of $20,000 or less per person in the household. This means that a student coming from a family of 4 can qualify as long as they make $80,000 or less. TFCA also takes into account “household” members who do not live in the student’s household, but who are financially supported by one of the student’s caretakers. 

We DO consider extenuating circumstances which cause the student’s funds to be severely limited in a way that will not be reflected in the family’s most recent tax return. We want to help as many students as we can. Email us at apply@thefundforcollegeauditions.org

My GPA is lower than 2.5. Why is 2.5 the cutoff and do you make exceptions to this cutoff?

The lowest cumulative GPA most non-academically selective colleges will consider for admission is 2.5. If you have a 2.0-2.4 cumulatively and extraordinary circumstances that have affected your academics in high school, we will still consider your application. However, it’s important for all students wanting to audition for college theatre programs to know that it isn’t academically admissible to the school there is no amount of talent/training/recommendation from the theatre department faculty that will allow admission into the university at large. The audition is MOST important, but you also have to be able to get into the school.

I don’t want to go to a four-year college. Can I use TFCA scholarship money to prepare auditions for a two-year conservatory program?

As long as the program is recognized as accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, yes!

I’m not close to NYC. Can I still get TFCA funding?

Absolutely! Our students are from all over the U.S. and U.S. Territories.

I’m not a U.S. citizen. Can I still apply for TFCA funding?

You must be a U.S. citizen or a green card holder to apply for TFCA funding.

I already have great home teachers or coaches who work with me on a scholarship basis. What if I only need audition travel money or other audition cost funding?

Apply!!! You can use TFCA funds for anything you need related to auditions.

I see when the scholarship applications open each year, but is there a deadline to apply for each year?

Currently, we don’t have cut-off deadlines. We award scholarships on a rolling basis based on our available donor funds. If you apply and determine that you qualify for TFCA funding but we are unable to fund you at that particular time, we will keep your application on file and fund you as soon as we receive sufficient donations to do so!

Do you provide scholarships to college, also?

Currently, we do not, but our dream is to be able to do this in the future! We do help our students negotiate financial aid and also identify schools that will be affordable.

Do you provide free college audition workshops in NYC or anywhere else?

We provide free informational meetings with Q&A about the college theatre and musical theatre audition process to high schools and high school theatre groups either live in the greater NYC area (accessible by subway) or via video (Skype or Zoom).

What do you mean by education partners?

We seek teaching artists, theatre training groups, college guidance organizations, and others that focus on high school students and align with our mission and values. If an initial meeting determines that a partnership feels like a mutually good fit, members of our Educational Advisory Board will observe them in action and make a final determination about partnering. This vetting process ensures that our donors are funding the highest quality, student-centered education and that our students are receiving this education!