Army ROTC scholarship?

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  1. robinhood17

    robinhood17 USMA Cadet

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    I just listened to a voicemail left by an Army Colonel at one of my top 5 choice schools, asking me to call back to discuss my scholarship. the exact wording was:
    " Hi, this is colonel XXX from XXX university, I have your file in front of me, and your stats and personal statement really inspired me to contact you about your scholarship. I understand we are choice 5/5, but I believe that if you choose to transfer your scholarship to XXXXXX, you will be very happy. Please call me back and we'll set up a campus visit whenever you are available."

    No status change on dodmerb or rotc status website...I will definitely call back...but isn't it too early for a scholarship notification? or was that a "slip of the tongue" ??

    Thanks!:smile:
     
  2. Aglahad

    Aglahad Member

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    I would roll with it and call them back with a visit appointment ASAP. Scholarships are scarce and perhaps he has an extra campus line scholarship in his back pocket. I am not an expert on boards because I joined at a very different budget time then now but he seems eager to get in contact and promote his school.
     
  3. kinnem

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    Besides, sounds like a chance to become more familiar with one of your schools and its battalion in particular.
     
  4. dunninla

    dunninla Member

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    Ahhh, intriguing call.

    Let's run down the probable outcomes:

    1. Scholarship to all 7 campuses listed on your app, and you get to choose. Chance this is the case... about 1%
    2. 3 year AD scholarship to campuses 2,3, with no scholarship to campuses 1,4, and a 4 year scholarship to campus #5.
    3. No scholarship to campuses #1 - #4, but a scholarship to #5.

    In no case would it not be in your interest to reciprocate the LTC's interest with genuine interest in return. Let's face it, kids ultimately decide all the time to matriculate to a college or University that was well down on their list in Oct. of their Sr. year, even when they've been admitted into schools further up the list.
     
  5. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    The AROTC boards have not met yet and no scholarships have been awarded yet.

    My son received the same phone calls from at least 3 of the schools he listed last year. He received one call from his #5 school, they told him all about the program, invited him to visit, and tried to get him to move their school up the list. The other schools did basically the same thing.

    At each school the PMS will give you a Yes or No on whether they would accept you to their program. Visiting each program is a great idea to allow them to put a face to your name.

    Basically the school sees you as an attractive candidate and will try to get you to place their school higher on your list, if it is a school you like it's not a bad idea. My son ended moving one of the schools that contacted him up his list to #2, As it turned out he received the scholarship to all 5 schools he visited, he ended up choosing #1.

    It's never a bad thing when they contact you, go, meet with them, as you should all the schools on your list, but especially the ones that contact you directly.

    Good luck.
     
  6. hiker

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    My DD got the same calls as well from several schools during the process. She visited about 4-5 programs and did eventually reorder her preferences. During the visits, there was no promise of any scholarships, just a pump up on that particular battalion and why they should be your top choice. The visits proved valuable and DD learned a lot about ROTC and the Army and met some inspiring officers, including some very helpful and honest "gold bar" recruiters and current cadets. Definitely worth the time, but in the end, you'll need to wait for the results of the National Board.
     

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