choosing a major-AFROTC scholarship

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  1. homewith4

    homewith4 Member

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    My DS has completed his application to the AFA and is in the waiting game.

    He is almost done with the AFROTC paperwork...it should get mailed this next week.

    On the initial online form, you have to choose majors and colleges you are interested in. His list is History, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering. I know, its an odd list, but accurate to fit my son. Then there is a box that asks if you are willing to take your lower choices of majors if it offers more money, his check was "yes".

    Could this mean he will not be considered for the non-tech History major or even the Tier 3 Math since the Tier 2 Mech Eng is on the list?

    Secondly, how does the colleges you list affect the decision? His list has one private school, one out of state tuition school and one in state tuition school.
     
  2. aglages

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    I see types 1 - 2 - 7.
    http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/scholarship-types/
    Where did you find type 3?

    Also, isn't Mechanical Engineering(4MYY) and Math(6YYY) both considered a "Technical Major"?
    http://afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/schools-and-majors/

    Your son's chance of getting a Type 1 scholarship are much better with either the ME or Math majors. I do not know for sure, but if he lists all three I doubt he has much chance of even being offered a Type 2 or 7 scholarship for history. If history was the ONLY major he listed, then his chances of a type 2 or 7 would be determined primarily by how competitive he is in the Non-Tech pool of applicants and of course THE CURRENT NEEDS OF THE AIR FORCE. :wink: Just my opinion....

    Supposedly the choice of schools does not affect whether your son receives a scholarship or which type he receives. However you should (obviously) make sure the schools he lists have the majors he wants and that he has a reasonable chance of being accepted.
     
  3. homewith4

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    I didn't say "type" I said "tier". and yes, math & ME are both technical majors. Granted it's a civilian web site and perhaps they are WAY wrong, but at http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/airforcetrng/a/afpocerp.htm it gives the following list:

    •Technical -- Tier 1: Electrical Engineering, Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences
    •Technical -- Tier 2: Aerospace, Aeronautical, Architectural, Astronautical, Civil, Computer, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering
    •Technical -- Tier 3: All other ABET-accredited engineering majors, Architecture, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research, and Physics
    •Non-technical -- Tier 4: all other majors

    AND
    http://oregonstate.edu/dept/afrotc/visitors/scholarships.php
    also lists the "Tier" concept but slightly different than above.

    Eligible Majors:

    Technical–Tier 1

    Computer Engineering
    Electrical Engineering
    Environmental Engineering

    Technical–Tier 2

    Aeronautical Engineering
    Aerospace Engineering
    Astronautical Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences
     
  4. aglages

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    Yes, it is a non-official site and I wonder if it is still accurate and whether it applies to high school students. On the second page of the link you provided under the FUNDING heading;

    "If selected for POC-ERP, you will separate from the Air Force. You will no longer be collecting military pay and benefits and will be living on the civilian economy like any other college student. If you meet the age criteria for a scholarship (see above), you may be eligible to receive an ROTC "stipend" of between $250 and $400 per month. Additionally, if you participated in the Montgomery G.I. Bill while on active duty (had $100 per month deducted from your pay for your first year of service), and meet the eligibility requirements (honorable discharge and at least three years of active duty service), you can use your Montgomery G.I. Bill Benefits."

    "Currently, the monthly stipend is $300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors and $500 for seniors."
    http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/scholarship-types/
    We know at least part of the non-military source seems outdated.
     

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