few posting of AROTC winners -Good sign or Bad?

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  1. pathnottaken

    pathnottaken Member

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    I noticed that are qiet a few less people posting that recieved scholarships than in January. I am wondering if this is a good sign (Not all of the scholarship winners accounts updated) or a bad sign (Far fewer scholarships offered during the March board)

    My son is still waiting to hear. And I am starting to figure how I am going to pay the $22,000 that he will have to come up with after scholarships to either VMI or Norwich. He has not decide which school he wil go to. He was hoping the Army was going to do it for him.
     
  2. Thompson

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    I wouldn't necessarily discount that. Don't forget that this is also Easter break for alot of high school seniors right now - chances are they're traveling with family for Easter, or something along those lines and thus - not checking the portal.

    You may also be right, that not everyones' portals have changed yet.

    ... but on the flipside, remember this is the 3rd Board. The majority of scholarships are most likely already awarded during Boards 1 & 2.

    We'll see what happens next week!

    Fingers crossed for your DS!!
     
  3. SPrest

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    We are in the same boat....just hoping and waiting for that portal to change.
     
  4. pathnottaken

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    Hope that the Easter Bunny puts a treat in your portal:shake:
     
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    Good luck to your son, pathnottaken. We are in the same situation, really hoping that maybe with the break not everything has been updated. My DS was also hoping that the Army would choose for him, right now he's trying to decide between The Citadel and Norwich (still haven't heard from Texas A&M). I think he's taking all of this way better than I am, though...:cool:
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    According to a post by the ROO from Marist, scholarship awardees were uploaded to CCIMS a few days prior to being posted on the applicants status pages.

    One post indicated that the letters were sent out toward the end of last week, the first status change was reported on this board Thursday with one or two on Friday.

    This seems to follow the same pattern as the second board in January.

    Once the first person posts that they have received their letter will be the indication that the offers have all been given out, if your status page has not changed by the time the first letters start arriving then your probably not awarded a scholarship.

    Your status page will remain as it is now.

    Contrary to the answer above, most of the scholarships are given out the second and third board, very few scholarships are given out by the first board.

    The ROO's at both VMI and Norwich will have access to the names of all the scholarship winners that listed their school. If you haven't heard anything by Monday, have your son call them and ask if he received a scholarship, they should be able to tell him.

    During the last board, the status updates happened over two days, this is because CC waited to make the updates until they had mailed the letters. It looks like they did it the same for this board. My feeling from watching this process over the past few years is the all the initial offers have been made, if your status has not changed by, a scholarship was not offered.

    Since this is the last board and many are still waiting for appointments to West Point, don't give up, there may stil be a few offers given as time goes by.

    Now is the time to start to build a relationship with the battalion and ROO at the school you plan on attending. Get yourself ready so you can make a good impression from day one. Be ready to pass the APFT with a high score, start school strong with a good GPA your first semester. If a Battalion had any scholarship winners decline they may have an open slot to give a non deserving non scholarship cadet that starts school and the program strong.

    My son's school gave one 4yr, one 3.5yr, one 3yr, and a 4yr to a sophomore that is on a 5yr academic plan. These scholarships were given out this year. The cadets had good GPA's (above 3.5) and great APFT scores, most 300 or above.

    Work hard and put yourself in a position to take advantage of any opportunity that pops up.

    Best of luck.

    Just as a side note: In State Public schools have great ROTC programs and cost a lot less then OOS or private, Sometimes there is a need to balance school choice and debt. I hope that wasn't $22,000 per year, ouch.
     
  7. pathnottaken

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    Jcleppe, thank you for your great summary. He kind of feels that he did not get an ROTC scholarship this time around. But to paraphrase some earlier poster (last year I believe) " It ain't over to the fat lady in Tennessee starts to sing, She hasn't started yet, but I think I can hear her clearing her throat."

    He understands that State U and their ROTC programs offer great opportunities at low cost, but he wants to experience the SMC lifestyle. He was at Norwich FLC last summer and truely enjoyed himself. I also think he is the type that would flourish in that environment and that is why I not pushing to hard for him to go the cheeper route.

    Yes it is $22,000 a year, but it could easily have $22,000 a semester if he didn't get some scholarships. That is a bargin price compared to my oldest daughter Vet school tutition.
     
  8. Thompson

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    My apologies then, I was under the impression that most were awarded 1st & 2nd board; at Penn State at least all scholarships were awarded Boards 1 & 2. Just realized that I forgot that a lot of applicants get reboarded on the 2nd board, rather than get boarded the first board.
     
  9. Jcleppe

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    I guess I should have said you were both right and just off a bit. Some Battalions, the one's that have a large number of applicants, like PSU, that list their battalion, do fill up faster. Your right, it's not uncommon to see some of these more popular battalions fill their quotas on the first and second board.

    I was speaking more on the National level, Nationally very few scholarships are given the first board, most are given the second and third board.

    Looking at the small number that have posted they received a scholarship from the third board, this year could be different then in the past.
     
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    Well now that the letters are arriving I guess it was a bad sign. On to plan "c". Choosing between Norwich and VMI and getting the best shape he can and working hard at school for a scholoarship next year or the year after or worse case the army gets a great officer for free.
     

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