First Wave, NROTC Scholarship Awards

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  1. Run5K

    Run5K Member

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    Thanks to a great Recruiting District CO and his staff, I got my NROTC scholarship application submitted in July, prior to the first (August) board, and was awarded a scholarship on 04 September 2012.

    For all those struggling to get your application done -- don't hesitate to identify and contact your Recruiting District CO as soon as possible. Allow them time to review and critique your application before you hit that submit button.

    An now for challenge #2 -- getting into my assigned unit at UPenn!
     
  2. Melitzank

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    Congrats! :thumb:

    :biggrin::shake:

    :groupwave::groupwave::groupwave::groupwave:
     
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  3. jbrichmond22

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    What were your stats if you don't mind my asking?
     
  4. timetocarrigan

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    what region are you from? the area i live in said to complete my application by the 20th of september for the first board(late september).
     
  5. Run5K

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    Stats & Recommendations

    To really make a go at an ROTC scholarship or a Service Academy appointment, I'm convinced you've got to commit to becoming a well-rounded student athlete with leadership potential during your freshman year, if not before. Trying to tidy things up half way thorough your Junior year won't get the job done.

    Academics: An excellent middle school academic record allowed me to get into a great IB program in my home town. In an IB program, I've survived a steady diet of IB, AP and Honors classes. My only non-honors class was Naval Science. Unweighted GPA of 4.0. Weighted GPA of 4.86. Currently ranked 1 of 409, though I feel more like # 20. The kids I go to school with are simply brilliant -- Stanford and MIT bound brilliant. There will likely be a dozen or more kids share the Valedictorian title.

    Testing: I strongly recommend you take both the SAT and ACT multiple times. I've taken them both twice, and much prefer the ACT. The ROTC Scholarship Boards, the Service Academies and most colleges "superscore" -- meaning they will take the highest numbers you've posted from different exam dates.

    ACT: Math 34, Reading 33, English 30, Science 31, Composite 32

    SAT: Math 700, Reading 680, English 670

    There is a conversion table between the ACT and the SAT. The USNA has converted my ACT 34 Math score into an SAT math score of 740.

    Athletics: Four years of Cross Country and Track. Varsity Letters my sophomore, junior and senior years. Now XC Team captain. Just maxed out my USCGA physical fitness exam. Posted a 7:45 for 1.5 miles. If your school has a good XC program, I strongly recommend it! All we do is push, crunch and run! We like to say "Our sport is your sports punishment!".

    ECAs: Four years of NJROTC: Academic Team Captain, Unit Honor Cadet, Unit Iron Man, currently serving as the Operations Officer. Four years of chess team, currently team captain. Plank owner, Robotics Club: Vice President and Safety Officer. 300+ hours of community service (an IB Program Requirement).

    Work Experience: None, nada, zip -- simply no more time in the day. My family isn't rich by any means, but my parents preferred I focus on academics, athletics, and community service.

    Recommendations: Start working on your resume or "brag sheet" as a freshman. It's amazing what awards and accomplishments you'll forget. Type up your resume and present it to those who will be preparing your recommendations. They might not know you as well as you think they do! I requested my letters of recommendation from Math and English teachers at the end of my Junior year (June) in order to complete my application in July, prior to the first (August) board.

    Couldn't have done it without great support from the Jacksonville (FL) Recruiting District CO and team.
     
  6. jshrz

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    Congratulations!

    Not many things bring tears to my eyes however watching people from my squad at usna summer seminar get LOA's does. Makes me wish I would have actually cared all four years of high school!

    Good job none the less!
     
  7. Pima

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    Congrats to you Run5K!

    One thing for those waiting it has been illustrated over the past few yrs., that the 1st board is very selective and is setting the bar.

    It is important to get your package early because there is a limited amount of money that NROTC has to spend. However, they also want to see the bigger pool, thus many will be re-boarded to see what the pool looks like with a larger sampling. Being re-boarded does not mean you will not get a scholarship, it means they want a larger pool before they make a decision.

    timeto,

    There are cut off dates that paperwork has to be in by to be eligible to meet the board. I think that is what your recruiter was telling you. To be eligible for the Sept board you had to submit by the 20th. However, being eligible and meeting the board could be 2 different things, along with being eligible and getting an answer in the affirmative or negative from that board. LY there were posters that were re-boarded 3X and their paperwork was submitted in Aug.
     
  8. timetocarrigan

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    Pima,
    My application was completed on the night of the September 19th. I was waiting on a Rec Letter to be submitted. Do you think that my application will be seen at the next board?
     
  9. Roxymom

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    NROTC application

    I would reinforce to anyone waiting for teacher/ counselor uploads and trying to get their packet together to double and triple check everything. Do not assume anything. My son had organized everything with his application and interview this past week.

    I only happened to make the "double checking" calls and found out that coach was never sent the link -amongst other server issues. My son heads over to another recruiting office to meet the Chief Petty officer's deadline and he is on the move. Friday morning DS realizes said officer never had him sign the required paperwork.
    By Friday afternoon my best friends were the NROTC webmaster, Mrs L in Pennsicola, my son's school counselor and the regional designated officer in charge of my son's application.
     

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