AFROTC scholarship question

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  1. GemStateMom

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    I know there are many threads regarding 3 year and four-year scholarships, but I haven't heard much about one-time AFROTC scholarships. DS found out last week that he will be receiving an AFROTC scholarship, which is a set dollar amount split between two semesters next year. He will be able to find out more about this next week when he returns from spring break, but in the mean time, I was wondering if anyone knows of any commitment/obligation that may be associated with this type of scholarship.

    Edit: After doing some more research by clicking a link to DS's college on the AFROTC website that lists extra financial aid to AFROTC students, I think I found my answer. It appears this scholarship is not directly from the AFROTC (even though they may choose the recipients), but rather a college scholarship reserved for ROTC students. As such, I would not imagine there was an obligation related to this scholarship.
     
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    I agree with your assessment. GPA standards may be higher with this scholarship though. Congratulations to you both. It's way cool!
     
  3. GemStateMom

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    Thank you kinnem! We are very happy about the scholarship. Receiving the scholarship money will be a great help, but even more important in my mind is the fact that he has made a good impression. After getting a TWE from the Air Force Academy and Coast Guard Academy last year as well as not making the cut for an AFROTC scholarship, this has got to make him feel better!:biggrin:
     
  4. Packer

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    Great news. Congratulations!
     
  5. Pima

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    Congrats on the scholarship.

    One thing to realize is that it still is sort of connected regarding obligation. I say that because the college is giving it only to ROTC students, thus if he is not selected for SFT as a 200, and AFROTC dis-enrolls him, the school would pull that scholarship. If he does go to SFT and becomes a 300 he will than become a "contracted" cadet, and this is when the obligation kicks in because now as a 300 they invested in him for SFT and will be paying him 450 a month as a 300 yr round, and than 550 as a 400.

    These three things tally up to a nice chunk of change and they will want that money back. Of course this is also before you add in the cost of DoDMERB exams, rated cadets are flown to Wright Pat for 3 days of physicals prior to commissioning.

    So either way you look at it, AFROTC has a say in the situation regarding commitment owed or maintaining the scholarship for 4 yrs.
     
  6. GemStateMom

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    Thanks for the congrats Pima. I am not too concerned about the school pulling the scholarship, as I believe it is only a one-year scholarship. If I am incorrect, that will be a happy surprise. The only reason I was a little nervous about DS having an obligation at this point in time would be him having to pay it back if he doesn't make SFT next year, which I am already very anxious about (gee, imagine that :rolleyes:). So far it looks like he must be doing everything right (or almost everything, his first semester grades could have been better considering he is non-tech). Any commitment after that point will not be an issue, because I know barring any type of debilitating physical injury there is no way he would allow himself to fail any part of the contract requirements. Boy, I wish there was a worry button I could switch off in my brain and just be content knowing he is doing the best he can and that no amount of worrying or stressing out on my part will change anything!
     
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    If I am guessing right about the school your son is at, that detachment has an outstanding record on cadets getting SFT. Sounds like your son is doing great.
     
  8. Pima

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    You are obviously a loving and supportive parent.

    I had a friend many yrs ago to give me this advice:

    You are the frame, that holds the picture. Nobody can tell you what the frame of Monet's Water Lillies looks like, but they can describe the painting.

    That is where you are at in life. They are the Water Lillies and you are just there to support them.

    I know right this moment you believe that the stress level couldn't be amped up anymore, but trust me in 2 yrs from now you will tell someone just wait. Reason why is in 2 yrs from now it will be his AFSC (career) board and now it is about their career, not a fiscal issue.

    They go off to a school for their AFSC, and you will be on pins and needles because top grads get 1st pick.

    That is the military life. There will always be vying for a "plum" assignment, DP for OPR, etc. and with each time the ante/bet is higher.

    Be that great parent, vent here behind his back, and support him when you look in his eyes.
     

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