applying to service academies and ROTC

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  1. ltcornmom

    ltcornmom Member

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    I'm new to this site so not sure if I'm doing this right. My son will be applying to the service academies this year and also to private colleges with with the hope of receiving a ROTC scholarship to offset cost. Is he allowed to apply for a NROTC scholarship if he is applying to the academies and through whom does he apply the college or the Navy.
     
  2. Pima

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    When you say this yr. is he a JR in HS or a SR?

    I am going to believe he is a JR.

    SA and ROTC boards are different, and held at different times at different locations.

    Yes, he can apply to both. He applies to NROTC and lists his colleges. He also will apply to the colleges he is interested in attending.
     
  3. kinnem

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    Yes, he can apply for both the academies and ROTC. Many people do. You apply for an NROTC scholarship here: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/index.aspx
    where you can also find all kinds of info on the program. As part of the application he will list 5 schools with NROTC that he would like to attend, in order of preference. It is your son's responsibility to apply to, and be accepted by, the college. The two processes are unrelated.

    BTW, the NROTC scholarship is awarded to a particular school. SO if your son gets a scholarship to Upstate U, but he is not accepted to Upstate U, then he can't use the scholarship (short story - there is a possible transfer process). At least one of the schools he lists will have to be in-state. There are different strategies to picking your schools but because of budget constraints I advocate two related ones (just my opinion here):

    1. Apply to schools where he has a reasonable chance of being accepted with perhaps one safety NROTC school in the mix

    2. Apply to as many in-state schools as possible. This may up the chances of a scholarship given the DoD budget constraints which allows them to award more scholarships.

    As other questions come up during the process please feel free to post back here to ask them. Folks here are more than happy to help.

    Good luck to your son! :thumb:

    PS. For the above post I should really say schools that offer in-state tuition. This could be an out of state school as some colleges offer in-state tuition rates to ROTC participants. You might still be required to list one that is geographically in-state, I'm not certain about that.
     
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    Yes.

    One addtion to the above excellent posts: for NROTC, and targeting Privates, which fill their allocated scholarship quota usually out of the Aug/Sept/Oct. Boards (there are said to be 14 in total from Aug - March), you will want to have a complete application (includes Teacher Recs, Interview, SAT or ACT) in by May or at the latest mid June. Last year, if I recall correctly, the NROTC Application became avaliable online on April 1. So, target downloading it immediately, and getting it complete within 60 days.
     
  5. ltcornmom

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    Sorry if I don't get this its all so confusing. Does he apply for NROTC scholarships in his junior or senior year. He is currently a junior. His goal is MIT He has the academics to succeed and hopefully gain acceptance but would he more likely get the scholarship for another school on his list which costs less and is in state. (We are PA)
     
  6. Packer

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    You should be able to apply this spring. I am not sure when Navy opens up but last year AROTC was around April I believe and AFROTC was late May. Check NROTC and USNA web sites. Advice: try and complete the applications early. Good luck to your son.
     
  7. dunninla

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    When I wrote May or June, I meant of his Junior year in High School. The key is to get the Teacher recommendations completely handled before school, and teachers, dismiss for the summer. Try tracking down a Math Teacher recommendation from the Pre-Calculus teacher when you can't reach them because they're traveling in China! Same for the School Counselor's letter of rec. If you have to wait for the school Academic Counselor, or Math teacher to return in August, you will have likely missed the first Board.
     
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  8. ltcornmom

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    thanks for the help we will be applying as early as possible.
     

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