Without boring you with more boring details than those already supplied: Ed came home from school - literally reached for the phone to call X University and ask if they might have more scholarships he could apply to (suggestions per his counselor who I happened to see that morning at Tank's IEP meeting - timing).
Well, the phone RANG. It was (drum roll) Grid College. The Grid Guy was calling because he wanted Ed to know that he was not just nominated for the scholarship - he was getting the leadership scholarship. Not much money, but tons of opportunities.
Ed: flushed cheeks. Spent all of Easter weekend calling impressive Grid intern and comparable students at X. Mind blowing. Teetering on the fence. He kind of felt like Grid was showing up to the party a bit too late. His focus was on X.
Coach urged him to go visit Grid again, but commit day is May 1st and this was all happening last week of April.
Grid: small school. Incredible program. Internships galore especially for a kid in the leadership program. $26,000/year tuition with his discounts. 8 hours away from home-sweet-home. Internships start as early as freshman year.
X College: very large school. Very competitive. $39,000/year tuition. Great opportunities, but need to compete for them. Great name that takes you places. 4 hours from home-sweet-home. Internships can happen sophomore year, but not likely and competitive. The full ride scholarship for 3 remaining years still a possibility.
With no crystal ball to know if he is gonna get the full ride scholarship at X, or to tell us where he will ultimately be happiest, what to do??!!!
WHAT TO DO!!! Thoughts? Better yet, does anyone have a crystal ball with a proven awesome track record that we could borrow?