Bias if you apply to multiple ROTC programs?

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  1. nickolai77

    nickolai77 Member

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    Hello everyone. I am curious because many students in this forum said they have applied to multiple scholarship programs. I am curious if there is any "distaste" by the scholarship boards if they realize a candidate is applying to almost all branches for an ROTC scholarship? I know on the NROTC application is asks you to state all other officer programs you are applying for. For those that have gone through the interview, does the officer ask you and confront you about why you are choosing to apply to all officer programs and what guarantees that you will attend their program if admitted granted scholarships in all programs? Basically, is there any evidence that scholarship boards are less likely to offer a student scholarships if they know the student is applying to multiple ROTC programs at different branches? Thanks.
     
  2. goaliedad

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    I don't remember AROTC asking if you were applying anywhere else.

    As to question of the interview question, do be expected to be asked why you are applying to where (if not interviewing at your #1 school). You need to have be able to explain your rationale for your school order.

    For example if your #1 school is an academic reach, and you are interviewing at your #2, you can tell the interviewer that your decision is both a product of where you get a scholarship offer AND where you are admitted. While "reach" school is a great place to go, I would definitely enjoy going to your school and would definitely accept the scholarship if I haven't been accepted to "reach" school when the scholarship offer is made.

    Goaliegirl interviewed at a school that wasn't even on her list (our local Flagship). Interviewer liked her and when asked the question, she was able to explain that her decision was about schools that offered her sport (ice hockey) - which our Flagship doesn't offer and that being able to represent her school on a varsity team was also important to her college experience. He respected her decision and the interview went very well.

    Later on in the process, when the subject of a campus scholarship was brought up (by Goaliegirl's #2 school), she had to explain to the ROO her school ranking and decision making process - schools were ranked based upon the likelyhood of getting game time in the first 2 years, but the decision was a combination of the school offering a scholarship where the coach was most actively recruiting her. In this case, the #1 school coach was not making consistent contact with her communication, suggesting a weak level of interest. When explained to the ROO at school #2, it was more than adequate to move the process along.

    What I am saying here is that you need to know your priorities and where you stand with a school when you apply for the scholarship - This will drive your decision making process that you need to be able to explain and should really communicate to your top couple of units' ROO. Not sure about NROTC or AFROTC, but with the Army, it is really in your best interest to be an open and active participant in the application/recruiting process.

    If along the way something changes your outlook (denial on Early Decision, change of major interest eliminating a school, etc.) on where you want to go to school, tell both the schools you no longer are considering AND the next ones in priority to let them know that your interest is now higher.
     
  3. singaporemom

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    I don't think there is a bias. My son applied to all 3 ROTC programs and received scholarships from all three. He was up front with everyone he interviewed that he was applying to all. If you are interested in all three, then go for it. Good Luck!
     
  4. aglages

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    Similar to singaporemom's son, my daughter applied to all 3 ROTC programs and received scholarships from all three. My daughter said the only interviewer that asked her if she was applying to any other ROTC programs was the Navy and she answered truthfully. The interviewer did not have a problem with her multiple applications.
     
  5. GAMCJROTCMOM

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    My daughter initially had only applied to Navy - Marine option because that's the only branch she was interested in (she does MCJROTC in high school). After getting through the interview process, getting accepted to all her schools, etc. she realized that she might have better opportunities in the Army ROTC program. She applied really late to Army but ended up getting that scholarship and not the NROTC scholarship! So, good thing she branched out. No one questioned her as far as why she was applying to more than one.
     

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