Chances?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by ballsy, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. ballsy

    ballsy Member

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    Going for AROTC scholarship:

    ACADEMIC:
    4.5 GPA
    29 composite act
    30 superscore act
    Class Ranked 6 or 7 out of 65
    National Honor Society
    AP US History
    AP English
    AP English 2
    AP Art History
    Boys state (holding various positions)

    SPORTS:
    Football 2 years
    Cross Country 2 years
    Track 3 years
    Scholastic Bowl 2 years

    CLUBS:
    FBLA 3 years
    Math team 3 years
    FCCLA 2 years
    School fan club 4 years

    PT:
    1 minute: push-ups 54
    Sit-ups 58
    1 mile- 5:40 or under

    COMMUNITY:
    Lifeguard at two seperate pools
    Community service for American legion, my school, fundraisers

    Thanks for your time! This is very broad and doesn't include some specific things. Ask away!
     
  2. ballsy

    ballsy Member

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    Anybody?
     
  3. kinnem

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    Well, I'm normally a Navy-Marine guy but I'll give you some comments.

    Academics look strong but you can always try to improve your ACT scores. Remember, this isn't about being good enough, it's about being the best amongst your competition.

    I find myself wondering why sports are 2 or 3 years, unless you started sophomore year and are continuing. If that's the case then that's good. Otherwise you may need a good explanation.

    I don't see anything regarding leadership.

    Keep in mind that it's summer and many people are vacationing, getting their own kids ready of the academy and college, etc. etc. Be patient.

    Good luck! Keep working hard at it. You've got a shot but absolutely no one (ok maybe a few) is a shoe-in.
     
  4. ca2midwestmom

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    In addition to Kinnem's comments, what colleges are you applying to? The AROTC scholarship application is separate from the college application process (getting an ROTC scholarship doesn't guarantee acceptance to any college, especially Ivy if your stats aren't the best of the best). Are you looking at in-state or out-of-state? Ivy or State colleges? Public or private? All of these may factor into receiving a scholarship. Make sure you list your college preferences in the order you want -- not where you think will get you a scholarship. It's harder and more time consuming after the fact to transfer a scholarship (although it can be done). Make sure you apply in time for the first board (which includes your interview). There are 3 boards -- if you don't receive a scholarship on the first board, you will be reboarded for the 2nd -- just more opportunities to receive one.

    Also, reread some of the threads on here re. the "scholarship". It covers tuition, books, etc., but does your college of choice throw in room & board? If not, can you afford R&B at a private school? Can you afford the tuition (payback) if you decide ROTC is not what you want?
     
  5. EDelahanty

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    Overall, what you've presented looks competitive. Would like to see some additional leadership, e.g., school elective office, team captaincy, but Boys State helps.

    Scholastic Bowl? If you are referring to an academic quiz show, it is not a sport. On the other hand, if you mean the sport of kings and working men, roll away.
     
  6. Pima

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    I agree with both responses.

    I will add every year there are posters that people say you are a shoe in and come spring they are the ones holding a TWE. Meanwhile the ones that posters say pull this up, do that gets it on the first shot out.

    Reason why is what ca2 was discussing your school choices matter when it comes to AROTC.

    Also from the years here you really need to be patient, don't assume that because you submitted your application in July you will get your answer in Oct/Nov. Typically the roll out of scholarships is a drip for the first few boards. Many that receive on the first board were going to get it no matter what to their school choices. (Match and Safety) The others wait because the board wants to see a larger pool since the scholarship pot of money is limited and the close out is months away.
    ~~~ Sometimes it also has to do with how competitive that unit is. For example, I believe many posters say that UCLA fills up quickly, while maybe U of Timbucktoo has no competition and thus, the cadet may not be reboarded.

    Reread the threads regarding last year, you probably will see for yourself where you stand very quickly and maybe some of them are applying to your school choices.
     
  7. ballsy

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    I'm looking at mainly public schools in state, some out of state. I'm also a head lifeguard if that helps at all. Thanks guys!
     
  8. ballsy

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    Oh and I didn't start most of my sports until sophomore year.
     
  9. Pima

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    Yeah, but that still doesn't say anything to me. UVA is an IS public, but it is seen as an Ivy. Same with UNCCH or Berkeley. You can t compare them to GMU in VA or ECU in NC.

    Our DS was a lifeguard and they took his as leadership, but he was a pool manager for the Y and had 23 saves over a course of 3 years. He also was AFROTC

    Also, this is the time to discuss finances with the folks. Can you afford to attend without the scholarship? To my knowledge there is no unit that has 100% of their incoming freshmen commission four years later, but I bet 100% of the recipients entered thinking they would commission.
     
  10. USN16x

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    Your stats are pretty similar to mine except you have stronger academics. Try to get some more leadership positions is possible. Like everyone is saying take you time with the application it's not a race! No one here can guarantee you a scholarship but you look like you have a pretty good chance. Are the sports varsity?


    Recipient of 4-year arotc scholarship
     

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