Shropshire student Scott's New York scholarship dream

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A drama student from Shropshire is hoping to clinch a dream stay in the Big Apple – after winning a sought-after place with the New York Conservatoire.  

Shrewsbury College student Scott McKenzie, from Church Stretton, was picked out and offered one of just 25 places at the academy for the next school year starting in August.

He hopes it will help him achieve his dream of becoming a professional film or TV actor.

The 20-year-old former Church Stretton School pupil was picked out after auditioning along with hundreds of others in London, while scouts also travel to every American state in the search for talent.

But Mr McKenzie, of Watling Street, said today securing the necessary finance would play a big part in determining whether he could take up the offer.

He said he had been given a 9,000 US dollar scholarship, but the annual course fees for the three-year stay are 30,000 US dollars alone.

"It's a lot of money, especially when you factor in living costs and everything else.

"I'm hoping there might be someone out there, either an individual or a business, who might be able to give me a helping hand.

"This really is my dream, I'm totally gobsmacked to have received an offer and I am determined to go. If I can't get any help I will have to look at loans or other avenues."

Anyone who is interested in sponsoring Mr McKenzie or helping him financially can call him on 07805 084627.

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