College Program Applying for a Scholarship

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  1. UNM NROTC Lobo Mom

    UNM NROTC Lobo Mom New Member

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    I was hoping that there was someone out there who has been in this situation. My son wasn't chosen for an NROTC scholarship, but entered the unit at his college through the College Program. He wants to apply again for a scholarship. How does he do this? Through NetFocus? The application is so hard to fill out if the applicant isn't in high school- is there something I am missing?

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. NavyNOLA

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    The NROTC National scholarship application will be used again; students can apply for the scholarship up until the point they have 30 credits, so it includes college freshmen. Yes, the application is geared towards high school students, but it is easily adapted with a little thought. Anything that your son has done in college so far can be added to the many remarks fields on the aplication.

    He should have started this process upon checking into his unit. He should start the application again ASAP and consult with his unit freshman advisor.
     
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  3. SpartanDM

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    I was a college programmer and was awarded a 3 year sideload scholarship, which is different than the national scholarship. Most of the paperwork was handled by the staff and submitted through opmis.
     
  4. rocatlin

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    My son received the 4 year national scholarship (Marine Option) the early board in November during his freshman year. (In effect, it was a 3 year scholarship.) He was also in the mix for the sideload.

    Just take advantage of any avenue available in order to reach the goal of commissioning.
     
  5. JillAndlea

    JillAndlea New Member

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    So, how should he handle the question about what 5 schools that he wants to attend? Should he just put down his current school? If he had a scholarship - could he potentially put down his dream school? He goes to ODU, but he was accepted at Embry-Riddle and was waitlisted at VMI. So is it possible that he could get a scholarship at a school that he is not attending but could transfer to?
    Thanks!
     
  6. NavyNOLA

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    College Programmers should list the school they are currently enrolled at as number one; the other four schools don't matter. If they are awarded the scholarship, it is guaranteed they can be assigned to the school they are at, because college program freshmen aren't counted against a unit's new student scholarship cap (only incoming high school seniors are).

    Could he list a different school number one, other than ODU? Sure, but that starts a whole different process.......one, he'd have to gain transfer admission to that school, and two, he'd have to work with his unit to transfer to a different unit. Since they are College Program students until a scholarship is activated at the start of sophomore year, there's no formal approval process to transfer units (there would be for current scholarship students), but there is some behind the scenes legwork done by the two units.

    If he's serious about transferring schools after freshman year...

    1) Talk to his freshman advisor, if he has not already
    2) Earn a scholarship
    3) Complete required transfer applications
    4) Investigate credit transfer/major/graduation timeline
    4) Communicate with staff at all times

    The reality tho is that it is RARE that a student transfers units. Most get pretty attached to theirs after a year in it, and changing schools means they leave a lot behind and have to start over in many areas. Something to think about.
     
  7. JillAndlea

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    Many thanks for your insight!
     

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