Apply to be a TFCA Scholar

APPLICATIONS FOR OUR Class of 2024-25 SCHOLARS ARE CLOSED.

CLASS OF 2025-26 AUDITIONEES, CHECK BACK FOR OUR UPDATED APPLICATION ON JAN. 1, 2025!

Email our our Founder/Director with any questions:

ellen@thefundforcollegeauditions.org

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!

Household income that is identified as Low, Very Low, or Extremely Low according to these guidelines. For help calculating income according to these guidelines, download this Calculation Guide.

Limited or no prior training in one or more of the artistic disciplines required for your college audition.

Students must also meet ALL of the following:

Cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or more.

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

We will consider exceptional transfer students, but due to the difficulty of transfers into audition-based programs gettting sufficient scholarship & financial aid to make transferring possible, preference will be given to students who are graduating seniors or gap year students. 

U.S. citizen or green card holder.

(See FAQs below for more information.)

FOR STUDENTS:

What you can expect from us:

We will fund all needed lessons, classes, and workshops that directly impact college audition readiness and that are offered by any of our approved education partners.

We will provide funds for you and your parent or guardian (if you are under 18) to cover 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 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:

Coming fully prepared to each coaching and college counseling session in order to maximize the effect of your scholarship on your process.

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

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.

Receipts provided for all audition-related purchases.

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 fund all needed lessons, classes, and workshops for your young adult that directly impact college audition readiness and that are offered by any of our approved education partners.

We will provide you and your young adult with all needed funds 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 provide one-one-one guidance from our Director regarding school list, the application process, & scheduling each aspect of your audition process.

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 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, point person for all logistical questions, and accountability check for the student’s personal organization of their application and audition process.

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.

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 fall into the Low, Very Low, or Extremely Low Income categories based on the federal government’s most recent calculation of the  median income in your county as noted here. This number also takes into account the size of your household. 

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 who truly need us as we can! To ask about any possible exceptions to our economic criteria, 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 and provides both need-based and merit-based financial aid, 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). Email our Founder/Director Ellen Lettrich for more information: ellen@thefundforcollegeauditions.org

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! If you are interested in being considered as TFCA Education Partner, em\mail our Founder/Director Ellen Lettrich for more information: ellen@thefundforcollegeauditions.org