Board on monday what are my chances for a ROTC scholarship

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  1. Kaiserstephan

    Kaiserstephan Member

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    I did not receive a scholarship from the last board however I raised my act score so that might help here are my stats:
    GPA: 3.6
    ACT:25 overall

    Athelitics: Varsity wrestling and team captain since junior year, went all county, also did football waterpolo swimming and track

    Leadership: National honor society, Church Leader, Mission trip leader, President of 2 school clubs, team captain wrestling

    PFT: Push ups:60
    Sit ups:60
    Mile:6:13

    schools of intent:
    Northen Arizona
    Montana state
    University of montana
    university of denver
    Cal poly san luis obispo
    san diego state
     
  2. Strength and Honor

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    Yeah I think you've got a food shot at a 3 year AD, but like everyone, we can't tell you for sure. Based on what I've seen so far, there's A LOT of people with stats similar to you applying!
     
  3. Pima

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    Which state are you a resident ... Montana, AZ, CO, or CA?

    Right now I believe it is important to understand something about ROTC scholarships. You should view it as a recruitment tool for the Army with a limited pot of gold.
    ~Both of these issues will impact how many scholarships are awarded.
    ~~~ The military is downsizing regarding personnel. If memory serves me correctly USMA is downsizing their appointments....that is a hint from a manpower need for the Army...plus they are downsizing AD Army units.

    These issues play into the pot of gold. The DoD has to trim 10% of their budget, and they are now hitting things that were considered for decades sacrosanct....retirement pay and health benefits. They have capped AD pay. The money is just not flowing like it was 5. or 7 years ago. Heck it is not the same as even 2 years ago.

    I say this because a 25 ACT composite in this new military is not a place I would think getting an OOS option I would place my bet on unless you have a hook we don't know about or your ACT score is an ideal match/safety for that school. I don't know about the public state colleges you are applying to, but on the east coast, most state colleges here max out OOS acceptances at 25-30% . Hence, even if you get a scholarship to an OOS college the school may deny you admission since you are an OOS applicant which means come April you may have a scholarship to a college you were not accepted to for the fall. At that point you have to request the scholarship to be transferred to a college you were accepted to, but than AROTC may not have any scholarships available.

    Which now brings it all back to where I started regarding the need to understand the system and when it comes to chancing with a 25 ACT without knowing your IS.
     
  4. Kaiserstephan

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    Pima I am resident of California but I have been accepted to all the schools that are on my list
     
  5. Pima

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    The best advice I could give you on chances is look at your college admit stats. If you are in the median than your chances will not be as good as if you are in the 75th percentile.

    Just remember overall only @20% of all ROTC cadets are on scholarship.
     
  6. sheriff3

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    Your stats look solid. You may be in good shape for an in state 3 or 4 yr. scholarship. An out of state may be a reach especially if you are looking at DU ( $41,000 annual tuition). AROTC is likely to be tight with their money for the foreseeable future. Best of luck.
     
  7. UMN_ArmyCadet

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    Looks like some solid stats man.

    My journey was a little different though, I submitted my packet out of high school just like you. Had stats very similar. Good in school, athletic, actively involved, but unfortunately that couldn't persuade them.

    I then enrolled in the University of Minnesota and from there in their AROTC program. Mid way through first semester I went through a scholarship board with my officers and NCO's and knocked it out of the park. Ended up getting a 3.5 year and now proudly contracted and doing my thing.

    I've give you a tip that helped me. You might be nervous/anxious etc. all things you're expected to feel. But what will set you above the rest is confidence and composure. That's what later I learned got my scholarship. If you show whoever is giving you your board that you are confident, it will win points.

    The scholarship board is a time to tell them about you. If you want to actually serve and do something greater than yourself, show it. They want to see you, not some robot. You might not be scoring a 300 on your PT test now, but show them that doesn't mean you can't. There might be some things you don't know, or can't answer so guess what tell them. Walk in knowing you have a great opportunity. Don't think about the scholarship, think about serving in the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. Give it all you got, relax, and be confident.

    Best of luck!
     
  8. Kaiserstephan

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    UMN Armycadet thank you that means a whole lot! But I acutally dont get involved with the board at all it is simply a group of people at Cadet Command who decide to give me a scholarship based upon my application. The most personal thing they will get for me is my essay and my interview both which i was told i did great on.
     

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