AoG Scholarship offer question

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  1. davenportmom

    davenportmom New Member

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    Our son just found out that he was selected for the West Point Association of Graduates (AOG) scholarship for 2014-2015. We are thrilled that he has received it and he is currently looking at the different prep school options. The question that I have that I cannot find the answer to is this: Does this scholarship essentially remove him from the NWL? In other words, is there a slim chance that he could be accepted this year or does this make it a done deal that he will have a year of prep school? We are not complaining. We understand the opportunity given to him. We are just curious.
     
  2. tug_boat

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    You're in a Great Position...

    AoG every year offers about 50 scholarships to very promising applicants that were recommended by WP. Your DS is just on the cusp of being offered an appointment but thought high enough to offer you the opportunity to polish up his resume for next year. In my opinion going to a prep school is a better path than direct admits. He will be better academically prepared, a year older; the family will be better prepared. You will have to seek another nomination though. (The success rate is very high to get a nomination. I have only heard of one out of two hundred)

    The AoG will be enough to cover roughly half of the tuition of a prep school of your choice. Some schools have other scholarships to cover the remainder of tuition. AoG will provide you a list of prep schools to choose from depending on what fits the best. Some are military schools with programs that last a year. Some are an extension program of a junior college, while others are extension of a military high school. My favorite is NWP, Northwestern Prep in Crestline, CA. (This year NWP is on the AoG list for the first time) It’s small program, less than 95 kids who are all in the same situation needing to have their ACT/SAT, academic skills and time management skills honed. The second semester is through a junior or four year school and you take classes that mirror the first year as a Plebe. NWP leaves the military stuff to WP.

    The appointment is there for you to lose.

    I hope this helps.

    Congrats!!

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  3. acy1377@gmail.com

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    My son is a AOG this year at Marion. He got his Appt. In Feb. Im almost positive your son will stay on the NWL. According to my son all but one aog scholarship received an appt. They will do everything possible to get your son his nomination next year. I highly recommend taking the scholsrship. My son is actually at universal studios this weekend to march in the parade. Good luck!!
     
  4. 845something

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    The official letter from AOG states that they can still come off the NWL this year if they are offered direct admission.
     
  5. WienerDog

    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    If you opt to accept the AOG, highly recommended, you can still be appointed from the NWL. However, chances are very slim. My son is at Marion as well and he wouldn't have wanted it any other way!! He'll be joining the USMA's 2018 class July 2nd at A Day.
     
  6. 845something

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    If you decline an AOG scholarship, expect the TWE to come shortly there after.
     
  7. BlackNightDad

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    Why the TWE

    Why do you say the TWE will follow?
     
  8. nigel

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    Probably because turning down AOG demonstrates a lack of commitment.


    Nicole
     
  9. JWP

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    Agreed with the previous statements...my DS was selected for an AoG scholarship last year and was told by his RC then he was still on the NWL. He did accept the civil prep option and is completing his program at MMI and received his appointment to WP in February. His year at Marion has been a tremendously positive experience and has set him up well for his academy years.

    Congratulations - all the hard work has paid off!! Your DS is in for a great experience! Feel, free to ask more questions as there are a number of parents and cadets in this forum who have been where you are and had more questions than answers!
     
  10. Rockets153

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    When you receive an offer of an AOG scholarship you usually do not receive an appointment that year. Except >>> I learned that there was one AOG Scholar this past year who was to go to Marion Military Institute, but was pulled off the NWL before R-Day and he went to USMA.

    All 25 AOG sponsored cadets at MMI received appointments to USMA this year. One individual had indicated to the other cadets that she was an AOG scholar attending MMI, but she was actually not a sponsored candidate.
     
  11. davenportmom

    davenportmom New Member

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    Thank you!

    Thank you everyone for your response. Like I said, we were just curious. Our son has also received several ROTC offers, but his true desire is to go to USMA so he is all in for prep school next year. His whole attitude is to do whatever it takes to get to his goal. He still has not received an official notice from West Point, either by letter or on his portal but his FFR has indicated that he will receive one and he has started getting emails congratulating him from several prep schools congratulating him on the AOG so we figure we will hear official word soon. Our other son, who is not military minded, benefitted so greatly from a gap year between high school and college that we don't see how this could be a bad thing. Thanks again!
     
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    percentage

    Does anybody have any numbers on non scholarship students attending MMI receiving an appointment to USMA.
     
  13. tug_boat

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    MMI

    Give them a call. They are very nice people. If you're shopping for a prep school give them all a call and these types of questions. The percentage of free agents is high across the board with prep schools.

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    Thanks buff81. Some really interesting stats. Those with AoG did very well as far as nominations. Cant really say the same without scholarship.
     
  16. buff81

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    AOG scholarship recipients do have a high rate of receiving an appointment the next year. Those offered an AOG are 3 Q'd with a nom. If they do well at the MMI (or any of the other AOG schools), they will get an appointment the next year. Basically, the appointment is theirs to lose.
     
  17. Iowa 73

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    Do you happen to be from Davenport, Iowa?
     
  18. davenportmom

    davenportmom New Member

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    No. We are from the Southeast. It's my secret moniker to protect my kids! Thanks!
     
  19. WienerDog

    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    If there is any advice to offer in your DS's pursuit of an appointment, it is to take the AoG and don't look back. Most if not all of the AoG cadets had ROTC offers as well. Personally Marion has exceeded all my expectations as well as my sons in regards to academics and his appointment hopes. As Rockets and JWP stated earlier MMI is at the forefront of the appointment rate to USMA.
    DO IT, DO IT, DO IT !!!!!!!!
     
  20. Rockets153

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    I forgot to indicate this on my earlier post >>

    Congratulations on your DS receiving an AOG offer !

    My DS has indicated that given the option with what he knows now, he would choose the SAP program over direct enrollment to USMA from high school.

    Go Army
     

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