Choice of School?

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  1. Jenn_30

    Jenn_30 Member

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    If you receive a 4 year AROTC scholarship do you get to select what school you go to. I know that you tell them the ones that you are considering but then it is up to them?
     
  2. pinnedalltheway

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    It depends if there is room at the schools you want to go to. If you get selected early, you will likely get the school you want--as the slots fill up, your choice of schools may not be available and you have to take what's left. All the more reason to get your application in early.

    If you get selected, your sholarship will have your schools listed and you choose from them--hopefully they are the schools you put on your applicatiions!!

    Good luck!
     
  3. Jenn_30

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    Thanks a lot!
     
  4. goaliedad

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    Our understanding is that when you are awarded a scholarship, Cadet Command will give you a list of "up to 5" schools from your list for you to make your selection from within a 30 day period following your notification.

    As pinnedalltheway pointed out, if a school on your list is full, you will not have that as a choice, so earlier application increases your odds of more choices.

    It is also my understanding that Cadet Command starts at the top of your list when making its list for you to choose from, so prioritize carefully.

    Best of luck.
     
  5. NHUSNAhopeful

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    Our son was instructed to put 5 schools (in ranked order of preference) from the NROTC approved list on the application form for the scholarship. They had to be schools he had a good shot at getting into. When his scholarship was awarded, it was to his first choice school...where, unfortunately, he was wait-listed. He asked to switch the scholarship to his second-choice school, where he had been accepted and was being recruited for football. Happily, Pensacola approved the switch and we just dropped him off with his unit today. They left for a week in Newport, where thankfully it's about 10 degrees cooler than at school!
     
  6. DougBetsy

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    What if you're notified of scholarship in December, but college app notifications won't come 'til March or even April 1? Does the applicant lose the scholarship while he waits to hear from colleges?
     
  7. CadetMom777

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    You have to accept a scholarship to one of the schools on the list within 30 days after receiving the offer. So, yes, that does mean you may have to accept the AROTC scholarship before you know if you have been accepted to that school. However, the Army is usually very flexible in letting you transfer your scholarship to another school if the situation changes. The only possible glitch would be if a particular ROTC unit has already filled its quota of scholarships. In that case, you would be put on a wait-list in case slots opened up from people who have changed their mind about attending. The majority of wait list candidates end up getting in. But, as in life, nothing is guaranteed.
     
  8. DougBetsy

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    Oh. OK. Thanks.

    Is it inappropriate for an applicant to ask a ROO how many scholarships he has? Or how many apps he typically receives?
     
  9. goaliedad

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    Not at all in my experience. I personally had a chat with a ROO (not even a target school for goaliegirl) locally doing the basic research for my daughter. I asked generally about whether schools fill up and he volunteered his schools situation.
     
  10. Just_A_Mom

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    First of all, folks need to keep in mind that Army and Navy scholarships are completely different - they have different budgets, different goals and different requirements.
    Trying to compare the two or extrapolate information from one to the other usually confuses the issue.

    Second - keep in mind that Army Scholarships are plentiful. I have been told several times over the past couple of years that nearly every qualified student who wants one - gets one.

    Finally, the process if fluid. Put down the schools to which you will apply and go with it. Your name is in the system. It's always a good idea to put down at least one good match. One school that you will be accepted to - your shoe in.
    If you are applying to a school that is clearly out of your league - don't count on being awarded a scholarship there.
    The vast majority of school have nearly unlimited scholarships.
    Some won't be available until later in the spring or summer when money is freed up - hence the advice to get it done early.
    Even those who walk in the door without a scholarship are being awarded one after a semester of a 2.5 gpa and being otherwise qualified.

    If anyone knows of a student who was qualifed in everyway and was denied a AROTC scholarship - I would like to know about it. Since I have been told by a ROTC staff member that everyone who wants to be contracted gets a scholarship.
     
  11. Just_A_Mom

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    Good questions - ask, ask, ask!
     

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