Am I on track for an ROTC scholarship?

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  1. ajwilliams96

    ajwilliams96 Member

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    Am I on track for a Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship (preferably an NROTC scholarship) looking at my first two years of high school? Here is a list of things I have done in my freshman and sophomore years of high school:

    Freshman Year

    Academics

    - Two Honors Courses (Chemistry Honors and Geometry Honors )
    - Two Electives (Multimedia Design and Concert Band)
    - Maximum Number of Credits
    - Community Service Honors (50+ Community Service Hours)
    - GPA - 2.957
    - Chemistry Honors (usually taken by strong juniors): C+
    - Geometry Honors (usually taken by strong freshmen or sophomores): C-
    - World Civilizations: A-
    - English I: B
    - Spanish I: B-
    - Multimedia Design: A
    - Concert Band: A+ (counted as half of a course)

    School Sports

    - None

    Extracurricular

    - Elected Ninth Grade Class Council Officer
    - Volunteer at the Children's Section of a local library
    - Judge in the Elementary School Science Fair
    - Performed in the School Spring Drama Production
    - Member of a Church Youth Group
    - Host at a School Open House
    - Wrote and Acted for two different short plays in the Instant Drama Festival (less than 24 hours to write lines and less than 12 hours to learn lines)
    - Member of the Chess Team
    - Summer Volunteer at a hospital

    Sophomore Year (so far)

    Academics

    - Two Honors Courses (Biology Honors and Algebra II Honors)
    - One AP Course (World History AP)
    - Two Electives (Computer Science and Concert Band)
    - Maximum Number of Credits
    - Community Service Honors (50+ Community Service Hours)
    - GPA - ?
    - Biology Honors: B
    - Algebra II Honors: B-
    - World History AP: B-
    - English II: B+
    - Spanish II: B-
    - Computer Science: B+
    - Concert Band: A+ (counted as half of a course)
    - PSAT - 184 (without prior preparation)
    - PLAN - 22 (without prior preparation)

    School Sports

    - Cross Country
    - Swimming
    - Tennis

    Extracurricular

    - Elected Executive Council Secretary (Highest Student Council Position Available to a Sophomore)
    - Elected Tenth Grade Class Council Officer (served until elected Executive Council Secretary)
    - Volunteering at the Children's Section of a local library
    - Performed in the Fall and Spring Drama Productions
    - Member of the Set Construction/Technical Crews for the Fall and Spring Drama Productions
    - Member of a Church Youth Group
    - Founding Member of a Junior State of America chapter (Appointed to the position of chapter Secretary & Director of Debate for next year)
    - Appointed to lead the chapter at the JSA Spring State Conference
    - Model United Nations delegate
    - Wrote and Acted for two different short plays in the Instant Drama Festival (less than 24 hours to write lines and less than 12 hours to learn lines)
    - Staff Writer for the School Newspaper
    - Staff Writer for the School Literary Magazine
    - Member of the Community Service Board
    - Member of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter
    - Founding Officer of the 30 Hour Famine Chapter
    - Member of the Chess Club
    - Host at School Open Houses and School Orientation
    - Vice President of the Sports Writing Club
    - Teen Leadership Summer Volunteer at a hospital

    Thank you for your time.
     
  2. dunninla

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    I think you should just re-read the bottom half of post #26 of this thread, since your update with sophomore grades doesn't seem to have changed much:

    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=23440&page=3

    -or-

    you could cut/paste the same question and post it in the USMA thread, the USNA thread, the USMMA thread, the USAFA thread, and the USCGA thread.
     
  4. crair70

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    Your gpa seems to be on the low end for both SA and ROTC. If I was reviewing your application I would say this candidate has a difficult time juggling EC and academics- way too much " fluff" in EC and low grades. You need to pick a few EC and excel in them and get that GPA up to well above a 3.5. A few B's are ok but you should have mostly A's!
    It is not too late but think you need to change direction and focus on those grades.
     
  5. Jcleppe

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    Agreed with everything posted here.

    Right now you seem to be on the wrong track, you need to consolidate and focus from this point on.
     
  6. Pima

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    Count me in with crair and Jcleppe. The cgpa is low. Out of every ROTC branch, NROTC is probably the most competitive.

    The only way I can see this being offset is if you said you go to the number 1 Magnet school in your state; meaning A's are not handed out like candy, and that you had to test to get into that HS.

    3.0 even with a strong SAT, i.e. 1390, will beg the question to look at why the gpa is so low because academically you have the foundation.

    Kids get confused and think the SA's and ROTC's want someone with 50 activities compared to someone with 5. It is not true at all. They want long term dedication and leadership while maintaining high gpas in the most rigorous courses available.
     

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