2 2/3 year scholarship?

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  1. armyhopeful1

    armyhopeful1 New Member

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    I am a rising college freshman, looking to apply for a 3 year AROTC scholarship on campus. The thing is, next year in the fall trimester (my school works on the trimester system), I may need to take a leave of absence from college for certain personal reasons. Can I apply for a scholarship and let the Army know that I do NOT want the first trimester to be paid for? Is that something that can be done? I know it shouldn't be crazy to ask for the Army NOT to pay, but I just thought I should ask whether anyone here, especially some of the people working at the AROTC units, has any experience on this.
     
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    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Are you currently enrolled in Army ROTC? Have you asked the cadre at your school about your issue. You are past the "apply for a scholarship" phase you are now in the enroll in Army ROTC, compete for a campus based scholarship, and hopefully get to commission some day phase. In most cases you aren't going to be considered for a scholarship unless you are enrolled in the program and participating. There shouldn't be a reason why having to miss a trimester would preclude you from contracting, commissioning, and even receiving a scholarship as long as you are up front with your cadre and you have a plan.
     
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    armyhopeful1 New Member

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    Unfortunately, I probably can't participate in ROTC this year. I'm taking a limited number of classes and am living at home to take care of some family, but I want to join next year (starting in the winter trimester), hopefully on scholarship. Is there a way for me to apply for a scholarship without participating in the unit this year? I think I'd be a pretty competitive applicant. For one thing, my parents are Russian, so I speak, read, and write fluently. I have high physical test scores. I've got other skills too that the Army may find useful. Do you have any advice on how I could go about approaching the unit about this?
     
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    Clarksonarmy already answered your question. Competitive or not, once out of high school and in college, you compete for an on campus scholarship. There are already cadets not on scholarship participating at your school, and the preference for any campus based money will go to them. The first step would be to go talk to the ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer/Enrollment Officer at your current school and find out your options. If family issues come first, then they come first, definitely. But that doesn't mean the process changes. Good luck to you, please keep us posted.
     

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