Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Kelly, Mar 11, 2010.
Just wondering if anyone has heard anything lately. I have been waiting since October.
I applied for mine in August, and received it from the January board. I don't think there was a board in December.
There definitely was a December board.
a long wait
My son submitted his Navy ROTC packet in August and we have been looking at that status page -- essentially unchanged -- since the Fall. Still no word.
No news here. (This is my son's account). His package supposedly went before the last board which met the first week of March. Seems from reading back, status changes are usually posted within a couple of weeks. We are keepng our fingers crossed!
My packet has been complete with the same online message since October. I dont even check it anymore. Seems very few people on this forum have heard anything.
Whoops, sorry. I had thought there wasn't a board in December. I must have gotten it mixed up with the November AROTC Board that was canceled.
This past year has been such a blur!
Re: Any word yet...
What I do know is what I've been told by 1st Marine Recruiting District for NJ - they cover 8 NE areas.
The regular boards finished for USMC NROTC apps on 1 March. The results are in, but haven't been mailed yet. My district XO has told me that 9 out of 20 kids in the pool got a scholarship.
There were about 24 kids in the pool, but I have to think 2 scholarships were awarded from the 1 Dec board.
Eastern Region USMC scholarships totalled 274. That means that each of the 3 districts in the east had 91.33 scholarships to award. 1st District covers 8 geographical areas: Albany, NY, Buffalo, NY, New York, NY, New Jersey, Harrisburg, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Springfield, MA, and Portsmouth, NH. This means that each station had 11 scholarships to award in the NE.
Also, someone at VMI told me that most schools right now, will tell you that their quotas for NROTC are filled. All 5 schools my son put down - Norwich, Virg. Tech, VMI, PSU, and Villanova are filled.
What does this mean? It means that until HQ in Pensecola gets tallies for the balance of the 274 USMC scholarships and the USNA knows its headcount, little is going to happen regarding notifications. Only then will slots possibly be opened at schools nationwide.....
I hope I don't rain on anyone's parade here, but I have the following anecdotal information to relate: my son finished his whole package right around the first week of November. We tried to be "early" but what with the officer interview and his math teacher's rec not being all that timely we crept into November. My son received notification of his scholarship on 12 Jan. At the time I thought he was receiving notice from the 12 Jan board, but now I think he was probably chosen from the Dec board. I work in a high school counselors' office where I speak with recruiters (for enlisted solidiers/airmen/seamen) all the time. Yesterday the Chief told me that he has basically "unlimited" scholarships for students interested in the Navy. This is not the first time I have heard this. Another Gunny told me that in the Houston area they had over 100 unused scholarships (Navy/Marine) last year. I don't understand this, and frankly these very wonderful young men aren't the ROTC coordinators for their recruiting detachments and may not know the details of scholarships offered, but they both seemed certain that each year scholarships go unclaimed. I don't get it, with all the people here wanting/needing scholarships, but I will find out. We are having the ROTC coordinator come to our office to speak to counselors, math and science teachers about these opportunities. In the meantime does anyone have any ideas how scholarships can remain "unclaimed/unused?" I know there are some people who will jump at an education at any university which will honor an ROTC scholarship.
That is interesting, Lesrunmore. Maybe the recruiter was referring to NROTC scholarship slots at Rice University in Houston, although that number seems high. The only NROTC scholarships that I have heard about that go "unused" are for those at schools with very selective admissions (like Rice). After all, the student has to be admitted to the university in order to use the scholarship.
My son is planning on applying for both an AROTC and an NROTC scholarship. He should have a competitive file and is planning on applying to some good schools.
I thought having a ROTC scholarship in hand could tip the balance in an applicant's favor--one less thing for colleges to deal with. Are these scholarships normally decided this late? It could be too late for some admissions boards to consider in their process.
Yes, generally you need to apply for admissions to all the school choices you rank on your ROTC application. Most scholarships are offered about the same time or AFTER the admissions deadline! Son was accepted at 4 of his 5 choices, including first choice. Guess its a good thing he was not assigned his 3rd choice, a school he was not accepted to.
do spots open?
So my son has a couple of corps scholarships at A&M, and is still waiting to hear from NROTC. Some of the earlier threads say that A&M is full on the navy side. But some of the kids that have NROTC scholarships at A&M are waiting on and in some instances have gotten into a service academy. If they go to the academy, will their nrotc spot be given to someone else, or is it lost for the year regardless?
Having a scholarship will sometimes directly impact your chances for admission. Other times, it will have absolutely no impact on your chances. It all depends on the college.
This year, the first Army scholarships were awarded by the beginning of November. That gave me plenty of time to let the colleges know that you got a scholarship.
NROTC --Our experience, NROTC Scholarship award has zero impact on college admission decision. Competition for top tier schools is fierce, they require students to have excellent college test scores, grades etc. Focus on the test scores and grades. EC's are important, however it means nothing if test scores and grades are below typical admissions standards. Now if you are a gifted D-1 athlete that's another story!!! But that is life, we deal with it and move on.
NROTC - apply early and select schools (5) that you have a reasonable chance of attending. Most important you should be happy to attend any of your (5) schools. GO BLUE!!!!
jjohnson, yes, I do believe that if all the NROTC spots are full (like at Texas A&M) that there will be some of those students who ultimately decide to go another route and give up their spot (to attend a SA, or choose another school or ROTC branch, for example).
If your son receives a NROTC scholarship, it probably won't be to A&M at this point. What he can do is to accept the scholarship at the school assigned, and then mail back the provided paperwork requesting to be put on the A&M waiting list. We were told that they will begin to work the waiting list in May/June. His scholarship will remain at the originally assigned school until he (hopefully) gets a spot at A&M NROTC from the waiting list. Hope this helps! Good luck and Gig Em!
Hello everyone, my son's status page changed for the first time today (since Sept. 2009) to list his school choices, etc. So....at least I know he was reviewed by the last board. Hopefully they will start posting results soon!
Well, we heard....
Just checked the application status page this morning. It has been updated since Friday and in place of "no decision has been made on your application" it says "We are sorry you were not selected for a scholarship. You will receive a letter explaining other options available to you".
My son is gone to a track meet today, so he'll find out when he gets home. I think we were all prepared for this, as it has taken so long. He has, however been accepted at 9 universities, with a few more still to respond, and we will make sure he can go where he wants to. He really did want that Naval appointment, though.
Good luck to the rest of you who are still waiting. It's been a long year......
Got the same response last night. I was kind of prepared for it even though I was a perfectly qualified applicant and I was accepted to my 1st choice school. It's a same I will no longer be able to go there because of the cost of out of state tuition.
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