AFROTC Express Scholarship

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  1. susky312

    susky312 New Member

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    My daughter is a dedicated CAP cadet, good in academics (3.67 GPA) and wants to major in Japanese at PSU. AFRTOC offers various scholarships Type I, II, III and Express. The "Type" scholarships seem to differ on the amounts of tuition limits, number of years and qualifications. The Japanese Major is under "Express", I'm just not sure what this means, can anyone help clarify?
    Thanks!
     
  2. aglages

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    An "express" scholarship is an "In-College" scholarship that is offered to students that are already enrolled (and attending) a college.

    "The Express Scholarship is designed to meet Air Force ROTC officer production requirements in specific fields and year groups. Contact the detachment nearest you for the most up-to-date information on this program.

    This program awards Type 1 scholarships. In most cases, these scholarships can activate during the same term as nomination.

    The Express Scholarship program is operated on a fully qualified basis – those who meet the qualifications are awarded the scholarship and do not meet a scholarship selection board. The processing of the scholarship award is completed at the local detachment."
    http://afrotc.com/scholarships/in-college/express-scholarships/

    Did you also have questions about the various "Types" of AFROTC scholarships?
    http://afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/scholarship-types/
    Let us know if you have some specific questions.....even if we don't have the correct answers we'll be happy to confuse you further. :wink:
     
  3. susky312

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    Scholarship AFRTOC Japanese

    My daughter is a senior in high school. She's already applied to PSU undergraduate admissions and meets all of their requirements. Now I want to help her apply for the AFROTC scholarship. Will I need to know which type for her to apply or do we just fill out the app and if she's selected they tell her what she got? sorry but I just get confused by the AFROTC web site. :confused:
     
  4. aglages

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    No problem.

    All she has to do is fill out her application and comply with all the requirements. A part of the application concerns what her intended major is while in college. Obviuosly if she is interested in Japanese then that will be her major. As I recall the application also requests a second choice of majors and then asks if you would be willing to study a foreign language if that would increase your chances of receiving an AFROTC scholarship. I would think in her case that she would definetely say YES to the last question. After the application is complete and she completes all the requirements including the PT test and interview, her "package" will be reviewed by an Air Force scholarship board. If selected for a scholarship she will be given a choice of majors within the "Type" that she is selected. She will also be required to take and pass a medical exam (DoDMERB). That is the abridged version, feel free to ask any specific follow-up questions.
    http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/application/apply/

    BTW - the first AFROTC "Board" is scheduled to meet in December, so if she is really interested she should start (and finish) her application ASAP.

    Also FWIW - My son received an acceptance letter today to PSU University Park School of Engineering.

    Good Luck! :thumb:
     
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  5. Pima

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    Ag is correct get it done ASAP if you want to meet the Dec board, because she will need to have an ALO interview, plus submit her PFA. It is not just the submission of an application there are other parts that go into the equation, even the DodMerb may take time to set up, because you must go to a DodMerb doc, not every doc is qualified to perform a DoDMerb physical.

    I would suggest that she contact her gc at her hs and find out who her ALO is so she can at least contact them to get the ball rolling for that segment. ALO's are volunteers that have "real jobs" and lives, plus they also have multiple candidates since they not only do the AFROTC interview, they also do the AFA interview. In some cases they could have 15-20 candidates between the two of these processes, which means they have limited free time for setting up apptmts that do not conflict with her schedule too.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks and what's an ALO?

    ag, thanks for all the info.

    Pima, what does ALO stand for? We've gone ahead and started the online application process. I've printed out the gc form and will be sending that out today. It's a little more complex for my daughter as she does not attend a brick-and-mortar school. She attends a PA Cyber School. We live near the NY state line but the school is actually located in Harrisburg. So anything that needs actual signatures must be mailed.
     
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    ALO = Admissions Liaison Officer
     
  8. Pima

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    Blackbird is correct in his response.

    You need to contact the hs that your DD would have attended if you did not opt this route. ALO's are geographically specific.

    If the HS does not have the name, than SHE needs to contact Maxwell, and ask for the ALO in this area. SHE is important, this is her life, and Maxwell wants HER calling, not the parent.

    You need to understand they may give you a REGIONAL, so she may have to contact the regional, to get the district ALO.

    ALO's are different than the regional AFROTC director. The regional will most likely be an AD AF officer at a college where they deal with AFROTC. They can't help you specifically because that is not their job.

    If this occurs, just have her give her name, explain she is applying for AFROTC and ask for the contact for the ALO for your school district...don't go into the cyber school stuff and NY border because it will muddy the waters.

    Again, honestly, calling your local hs is the easiest method.

    The ALO will interview her, and then write a rec for her packet. The packet is scored, which will include, gpa, SAT/ACT, EC's, PFA, and the ALO rec. From there sh will get a Whole Candidate Score. How high the WCS is will determine the type of the scholarship.

    I am taking the leap that you also don't understand the DodMerb process. I suggest if she has had allergies, or vision issues, or surgeries to get that paperwork together. DodMerb can be a big problem. For example, people don't realize that ACCUTANE for acne is a disqualifier or a bad break where they needed to put a pin in can disqualify too, let alone allergies or asthma. There are waivers for these things, but you need to be ahead of the 8 ball since it can take months to rectify. If she had anything medically which can be seen as a constant check up, you need to get that in order NOW!

    The DodMerb exam will come down with their docs in your area, if it is a doc you don't use, hand carry the records with you to defend the position to the doc if you know there is an issue...i.e. accutane. They will not only do a physical, but also optical and auditory exams. In other words HEAD TO TOE! This is not somewhere you can hide facts, you need to be prepared to acknowledge them, if you hide them, it will be found and the scholarship COULD be in jeopardy. The DodMerb is only valid for 2 yrs, they will go through it again for SFT and commissioning, acknowledge it now if there is an issue.
     
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  9. susky312

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    Finding the alusive ALO

    Pima, Thank you very much. This is such good info. The cyber school has responded that they do not have an ALO. I've called the local HS and "someone will get back to me". I'll give them a couple of days to call.

    You're correct about the medical exam. Fortunately, she does not have any allergies, vision, hearing, or medical issues and takes no Rx meds. She had oral surgery to get wisdom teeth removed and currently has braces (due to be removed 8/2011) - I hope that's not a problem.

    Again, thanks for your help!:thumb:
     
  10. Pima

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    Believe it or not braces will require her to get a waiver. She needs them to be off prior to ROTC, so just show that they will be off before she gets there.
     
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    can a cadet who was offered a type 2 three 3 scholarship in a foreign language switch to a non-technical major such as political science?
     

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