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  1. mdsu

    mdsu Candidate

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    on one of the threads it mentions this on foundation.

    "In most cases, parents are asked to share the financial burden with Foundation, based on their ability to pay."

    Im kind of confused about foundation, are you still guaranteed an appointment the following year and how much do you pay to go if selected as from the quote above?
     
  2. GoNavyMom

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    Hi,

    Foundation is a scholarship program sponsored by the USNA Alumni Association. You attend a civilian college or military prep school for one year after high school. Your scholarship depends on the cost of the school you attend and your ability to pay the tuition.

    The Foundation website states it doesn't guarantee an appointment to the USNA but approximately 95% of the students sponsored by the Foundation receive an appointment.

    Here's a link to the UNSA Alumni Assocation Foundation website. There's a very helpful FAQ link on the page.

    http://www.usna.com/Page.aspx?pid=484

    GoNavyMom
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    As a general rule, students who successfully complete Foundation are offered appointments the following year.

    The amount a family is asked to pay is based on their financial ability to pay. There's no way I can tell you how much any given family would be asked to contribute as I have no idea as to their finances, other obligations, etc. Most of the funding comes from a combination of scholarships offered by the individual Foundation school and grants from the USNA Foundation itself.

    But, by asking families to contribute something based on their ability to contribute, USNA can offer Foundation scholarships to more students.
     
  4. mdsu

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    my BGO asked me if i would accept NAPS but not foundation. should i let him or USNA know that i would accept foundation as fast as i would accept an appointment?
     
  5. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    ^^^
    Absolutely let your BGO know that you would accept foundation. They can then write up a new note for your file on their system.

    Even though Foundation may cost your family $$$, the opportunity is one not to turn down! Some candidates feel the offer of Foundation as insulting or don't want to put off their 'dream' for a year.
    Why would you turn down your dream? Even if your family has to pay some sort of tuition, wouldn't you be paying that anyway if you chose to attend a civilian institution? A one year investment in your future seems a small price to pay.
     
  6. mdsu

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    thank you for the reply. I will let my BGO know.
     
  7. mdsu

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    Insulting? i would run up and down the street yelling in excitement. lol
     
  8. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    ^^^
    No joke about some candidates feeling insulted. At one training seminar a couple years back we were told that many of the Foundation offers are just thrown in the trash and neither a "yes" or "no" response is received from the candidate.
    Foundation is a wonderful gift to candidates! You are pretty much assured an appointment as long as you keep your grades up and participate at the Foundation school. We have some great Foundation schools up here in the northeast.
    One of my Foundation candidates just graduated from flight school in Pensacola and was at the top of his class at USNA. :thumb:
     
  9. Capt MJ

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    Foundation offer - Just Do It

    Over our years of sponsoring midshipmen, and I think we have had at least 30 Foundation mids, 100% of them have said they were grateful for the opportunity and the vote of confidence by USNA.

    Yeah, their teen egos were bruised a bit, 'cause no one wants to say, after probably being at the top of their HS heap, they need more school before going to USNA while HS classmates are freshmen elsewhere, but if they really, really want to get the SA appointment, the commission and the career, they Just Do It.

    One of our sponsor sons said being away from home, focusing on academics and making the break from HS was a great way for him to get his act together and come into plebe summer mentally and emotionally strong and confident. Looking back, he recalled being angry, disappointed and embarrassed at the time, due to the HS peer pressure and chitchat about "where'd you get in," but he likened it to buckling down to make the varsity squad after not making it the first time around. He did the work, got in, did well as a midshipman, made the most of his USNA experience, and is now doing well in the Fleet.

    A Foundation offer is way better than being told No!
     
  10. mdsu

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    I am surprised that people would not accept foundation. I thought that foundation offers are usually offered to people who have USNA as their dream but need some help in academics so USNA gives them a chance by going to prep. If USNA never hears from a candidate or declines a foundation offer, will they offer it to someone else?

    and about some kids being emberessed about the hype at school on "what school did u get into".
    "where did you get accepted to?"
    "USNA class of 2015 via 'prep school name here'":biggrin:
     
  11. USNA1982BGO

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    Harsh as it may sound, for many the candidate the golden ring is an offer of appointment. Nothing else.
    Is it bruised egos, feeling that an offer of Foundation is in some way saying, "You aren't good enough," difficulty explaining to peers that they have an extra bridge year before college, bragging rights? Could be.
    I have never understood, nor do I ever believe I will understand, how a candidate in an interview can profess that USNA is their dream and they will do whatever it takes to achieve that dream and when offered Foundation throw it away feeling like they have been wronged. (During the interviews I conduct both NAPS and Foundation are mentioned and the question is asked, "Would you accept these offers?" Answer is most often yes, then offer is made and changes to no).
    It then becomes clear that the dream was an appointment on the candidate's terms. Instant gratification.
    Best advice I can give, if Foundation is offered to you and serving in the US Navy is your goal with the added benefit of a USNA education, take it! It will be like gaining an extra golden ring :thumb:
     
  12. WAMom68

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    I totally agree! My son graduated h.s. with a young man whose first choice was USAFA, second choice was USMA. Talked constantly about how much he wanted to go Air Force. He was offered foundation scholarship for USAFA and an appointment for USMA. All of a sudden his first choice became USMA. Obviously he didn't want AFA enough to put in the extra year. :rolleyes:

    My son was offered civil prep (USMA's version of foundation scholarship). Even though he had a 4 year AROTC scholarship at his first choice civilian school he took the civil prep offer. USMA was his dream school and he was going to take every opportunity to get there. I do remember him trying to explain to his h.s. peers why he was going to NMMI for a year. Most didn't "get it" but it only mattered that he knew what he was doing.

    Foundation/civil prep is a great opportunity and any person serious about going to an academy would take it.
     
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    My son was offered the Foundation last year. He also had a NROTC Scholarship to Villanova University. He was willing to give up the ROTC Scholarship and put in an extra year to achieve his dream, a dream he has had since he was 8 years old. Paperwork was sent in, we went to look at Valley Forge Military College and he had his interview in January. He was accepted immediately after that. The only thing left to do was mail in a deposit and low and behold on February 14, 2009, Kevin received his appointment to the United States Naval Academy and is now a proud plebe and a member of the Class of 2013. My advise to anyone who is willing to listen; don't leave any stone unturned. You never know how things will work out.
     
  14. USNA1982BGO

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    ^^^
    Congratulations to both of your sons! You both must be very proud and I give them a heck of a lot of credit for not folding but holding true to their dreams :thumb:
     
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    Just to be clear. My son thought he was going to do an extra year through the Foundation but he didn't have to because he was offered an appointment instead for the Class of 2013. So my advice is don't turn down the Foundation because you never know you might get the appointment instead. We were shocked because we really thought his only chance to get into USNA was through the Foundation program and become part of the Class of 2014.
     

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