AROTC Scholarship Insight

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  1. ChargeOn

    ChargeOn New Member

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    Hello, I applied for the AROTC scholarship just in time for the last Board. However, I did not receive a scholarship. I would like to see some of the recipient's stats to compare with mine. I have a 3.56 unweighted cumulative GPA. I have taken every honors course my school offers. I am a certified drafter in the program Solidworks. I have taken AP Calc AB and AP Physics B. I was also Dual Enrolled at a community college where I took 4 classes and received all A's, consequently I was placed on the President's List. I scored a 25 composite on my ACT, 27 in math and 26 in reading
    I am a member of National BETA CLub, NHS, and an Anti-Bullying Club. I volunteer avidly through all of them and at the local sheriff's department. I even led one service project called "Pasta for Pennies." I ran the mile in 7min and 10sec, did 44 pushups, and 51 curl ups in the one-minute parameters. I earned a varsity letter my sophomore year for football and played jv my freshman year. I interviewed at my prospective school. Which went well I physically saw the PMS recommend me for a scholarship as he turned my interview in online, in front of me. I know having only one varsity letter hurt me, but other than that I feel I have a well rounded resume. Where could I improve? I have already contacted cadre at UCF(As I've been accepted) about enrolling in AROTC and competing for campus based scholarships. Is or was anyone in a similar predicament? if you were also denied a national scholarship could you post your stats I am just trying to gauge a cut-off point.

    I apologize for the lengthy essay.

    I appreciate any replies, anything will be helpful-- Sincerely, a confused knight
     
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  2. Jcc123

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    Your ACT and PFT numbers look a little low, but other than that, nothing jumps out at me. What sports did you play your junior year?
     
  3. ChargeOn

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    None, my GPA was low due to football so I had to drop to focus on grades.
    There is no such thing as a good excuse. However, I have got nothing but A's from then. I am also top 20 percent of class
     
  4. ChargeOn

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    that is also when I picked up on all of my extracurriculars.
     
  5. ABF

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    My kid has around 3.8 gpa, had 4 AP / Honors classes, SAT at 1740 (I believe), earned 7 varsity letters in three different HS sports, attended the USCGA AIM program last summer, and was varsity football captain in his junior and senior years. He was member of no clubs, nor did he participate in any other extra curricular activity. He was able to say he had never missed a day of school in his life. He received a 3 year at the 2nd board, and was upgraded to 4 year after third board. Not sure how well he did with the physical fitness assessment (as compared to other candidates). I have reason to believe he smoked it.

    Now... Don't get wrapped around the axle about comparing yourself with others. If you want to be an Army officer, make contact with the cadre on campus right now and tell them you plan to enroll as an MSI and ask about applying for a campus based scholarship. Show them you are not phased one bit that you didn't get the national scholarship. Be a stand out cadet at all times... even when you think no one is watching. You may end up with some tuition assistance. Even if you never get the scholarship, you'll still end up being an Army officer. (And that was the real goal the entire time, right? If you ultimate goal was "scholarship", don't join the Army.)
     
  6. Supertramp

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    I was able to receive a 3-Year AD scholarship to my top choice. Here are my stats:

    3.5 GPA

    22 ACT

    Varsity Football

    Varsity Soccer

    Varsity Track and Field

    Company Commander (1 out of 4) for my JROTC Battalion

    Top 10% of my class

    National Beta Club

    Hope that helps!
     
  7. txpotato

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    School choice, school choice, school choice. Stats that are competitive at one school might be on the low end for another.
     
  8. sheriff3

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    ChargeOn, all is not lost... show up at school ready to max the pft. Attend classes and volunteer for extra duties. Do all of this and you should have a fantastice shot at getting a scholarship awarded at the college level. Several cadets in my DS unit did the above and were awarded 3 and 3.5 year scholarships. Others had their 3 year scholarships upgraded to 3.5 and 4 year. Are you DoDMERB qualified? Best of luck.:thumb:
     
  9. Trackswagggg

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    I received a 4 year. I literally had the same stats as you. 25 act composite and same GPA with all honors and ap.... However, I had a lot of leadership positions. I was commander of my JROTC unit, an officer in beta club, pool manager, service club officer, etc. I have 3 varsity letters and I was team captain. I think you need to work on leadership. The military science Major told me they don't care at all about clubs you were in; just clubs you lead. Also, perhaps another letter. Everyone always looks for at least 2 letters. Good luck!


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  10. Strength and Honor

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    Got a 4 year from first board:

    3.83 GPA
    29 ACT
    Top 20% of class
    2 APs and Honors classes

    2 years Varsity tennis
    Very good PFA scores
    Other non-school sports

    National Honor Society officer
    Business Professionals of America
    90 hour Internship at local fire department
    Interview went very well
     
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    Besides UCF, what schools did you list? Were they safety schools or reach schools? Are their AROTC units big or small? Besides getting your application in for the third board only, school choice may have had an impact on the decision in addition to your stats. As txpotato said, you may not have been as competitive at the schools you listed so late in the game.
     
  12. Dzall

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    I got three 4-year offers Army in January after applying in October, and I also just received a NROTC 4 year. Here are my stats:
    3.8 GPA
    2160 SAT
    IB Diploma
    A lot of AP and honors classes
    Eagle Scout
    4 years in marching band
    6 years of martial arts
    A couple of jobs

    You would have had a better chance if you had turned in your application way back in the fall, but your GPA and ACT are still below the averages for those who received scholarships. You can always apply for a sideload, but you are going to want to have stellar grades because I believe sideload scholarships are even more competitive.
     
  13. Jcleppe

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    3.56 GPA and a 25 ACT are not really below the average for AROTC scholarships, the ACT score could be slightly but not far, just looking at the stats some from this board had that received scholarships.

    Those stats would be below the average for a NROTC scholarship.

    Leadership positions can have a big impact on receiving a scholarship.

    My son had a 3.5 GPA and a 24 ACT, he received a 4 year scholarship from the first board to 5 schools. Below are his stats, he had quite a few leadership positions which his ROO said was most likely the reason he received his scholarship on the first board and to the 5 schools.

    GPA 3.5 u/w
    ACT 24

    National Honor Society
    Debate Team 11, 12
    School Yearbook Publication
    Sports Editor 11
    Editor in Chief 12

    360 hours Community Service
    Presidential Service Award
    School Band 9, 10, 11, 12
    Wind Ensemble 12
    Jazz Band 9, 10, 11
    Marching Band 9, 10, 11, 12
    Section leader 11, 12

    Athletics
    Cross Country
    JV 9
    Varsity 10, 11, 12
    State Meet 10, 11
    Team Captain
    Track and Field
    JV 9
    Varsity 10, 11, 12
    Team Captain
    Senior League Baseball 9, 10

    Boy Scouts
    Eagle Scout
    Senior Patrol Leader 2 terms


    King County Youth Court
    Juror 10
    Head Juror 11
    Youth Court Judge 12


    YMCA Youth in Government
    Senator 10, 11

    Youth Group 9, 10, 11, 12
    Senior Leader 11, 12
    Mission trip to work on school in Mexico 10
    Leader for Mission trip to build house in Mexico 11

    Advanced Scuba Certified

    The AROTC Scholarship board looks at the whole person, if your below in one area, another area you are strong may balance your application. They are looking more at what clubs or organizations you held leadership roles rather then just being a member.

    As it has been said earlier, show up to school and the battalion ready and in shape. Do very well on your first APFT and get good grades your first semester and you will put yourself in a good position for any scholarships the battalion has to offer.

    Work out hard over the summer, get your run time down for the 2 mile and work hard on push ups and sit ups. Make sure your doing them to regulation and try to get a 270 or above when you start school. This will be the first impression you will be able to make to the battalion and will be a first good step in competing for a battalion scholarship.
     
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  14. 2018Class

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    My son got a 4 yr on the second board. He was able to choose from three schools - His #1, #2, and last choice.

    4.3 weighted / 3.5 unweighted
    Youth in Government
    Model UN
    Award for Outstanding Delegate
    Various Literary Awards
    National Honor Society
    30 composite on ACT
    Founder of his high school debate team
    Key Club
    Wilson Society
    Baseball & Track (not varsity) However, he had played on baseball teams from age 5
    Wrote for the school paper
    A few academic awards
    Community Service all 4 years
    Attended a Central Intelligence conference (I doubt this meant anything)
    Academic Honor Roll
    Some honors courses all 4 years & two AP courses his senior year

    He felt that his interview went well and really liked the person who interviewed him. He has a passion to serve his country and maybe that came across in the interview. It's hard to say what it was that tipped the scales. We have no idea.
     
  15. ChargeOn

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    Thank you for all of your replies. They were very helpful. It's nice to see that the community here is so willing to help.
     
  16. sportster97

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    which school did your scholarship get placed at and was it your first choice
     

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