Heya, I'm wondering about NROTC.

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  1. LaFauxChat

    LaFauxChat New Member

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    Hiya! Here's a short intro into my person: Military Brat, High School Senior, ACT of 26, GPA of 1.87 (Hoping for it's raise this year.), Extremely Limited School/Community Activities/Leadership Experience.

    I want to know if it was worth it for me to attempt to apply for NROTC Scholarships. I'm currently in the middle of the application process, but I was told that I have to re-write both of my essays for it (Reasons for wanting to become an Officer, and Why I should be chosen) because they were both "too personal." I have 4 days to make both more "professional," but I'm unsure on how since I don't have much of a record for activities, or jobs, to put examples of.

    There's reasons for lack of everything, but I think that it doesn't matter in the long run. Would continuing just be a waste of effort, since I've seen some of the other people applying, and they're tremendously more qualified because of what they've already done? Or should I just take a shot in the dark, because a low chance is better than no chance at all?

    I'm sorry to take up all of your guys' time, but any help would be make me incredibly grateful. Thank you!
     
  2. goaliedad

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    Did I read that correctly of a 1.87 GPA? Or is this a typo?
     
  3. LaFauxChat

    LaFauxChat New Member

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    It's correct, 1.87. Like I said, there's reasons but I'm sure it doesn't matter what they are.
     
  4. goaliedad

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    Considering that the Army ROTC minimum GPA is 2.5 and it is considered less competitive than NROTC, I'd say that your chances do not look promising. I think it would be difficult, if not impossible to get to the 2.5.

    I'd be focusing first on college admission at this point and then work on a 3-year scholarship where your HS GPA won't be as much of an issue if you do well.

    I'm sure some Navy folks will chime in with more advice...
     
  5. LaFauxChat

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    Ah, the guy they sent to walk me through the application said nothing about a minimum of GPA when I told him mine, so I'll admit to being completely lost on that part. Only minimum I knew of was the ACT score of, I believe, 21. Thank you for the information, though, and the advice. :)
     
  6. LaFauxChat

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    Thank you tpg! That is a lot of information, and I thank you for putting it on there as well as giving a link. I hope this next question doesn't seem completely ... stupid, but if someone gets the scholarship, will they have to be accepted into the University host the following year, or would there be a chance to get admission in the year after the following year?

    I'm sorry if I can't find the right way to ask it the clearest, but I'm wondering since most Universities I've contacted so far have all said I could spend some time at a community college in order to give myself a new record, so I can be accepted into them later. Thank you, again!
     
  7. Pima

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    Since the colleges you are applying to are politely saying go to CC why are you applying for a scholarship? Not trying to be rude, but it seems like even the schools are saying you will not be accepted. ROTC scholarships have become very competitive due to our economy, you should put your best foot forward. Go to a CC for a yr, start in the summer, so that you will have more courses under your belt come next yr to prove that you have changed.

    The reality is everyone here applying to an SA (except those with LOAs) will also apply for a ROTC scholarship as back up. Look around at their stats because that is who you will be competing with and the combination of 26 ACT and 1.87 gpa really hurts you. Now if you go to a CC during the summer and pull a 4.0, plus a full course load in the fall than the board will see that, thus, you will have a better chance. If you really want to serve as an officer, then you will continue to pursue this course until all options have ceased to exist. If it is for a free education and to do a 5 and dive, than you will quit. It is all about what you want for your future and how badly you want it.

    As I always say, throw my opinion in the circular filing cabinet because the only way not to get it is to not apply.
     
  8. aglages

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    Excellent post Pima, but what is "5 and dive"? I could understand "4 and no more", but not 5 and dive.
     
  9. mumsyto3

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    La Faux Chat?

    La Faux Chat (The False Chat or Cat as the case may be, if I remember by high school french correctly) Perhaps I'm being cynical here, but I'm wondering if your username is telling us that this is a "false chat"

    Agales, I'm assuming that PIMAs comment about "five and dive" is referring to the payback of five years that you owe to the service (in addition to the reserve time) after graduation.
     
  10. Pima

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    YEP! ^^^^
     
  11. Rock_Chalk

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    Get into a college with NROTC and join as a college programer. I really didn't think about applying for a scholarship out of high school because I didn't think about it much due since I never believed that my scores would allow me to get one right out of high school.

    (My stats are in my signature)
     
  12. LaFauxChat

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    Pima - The admission advisers I talked to were only saying that a community college for a summer or so, so that it would be able to erase my High School GPA and that I would be able to apply and be accepted later on with the better GPA. Never meant it to be a polite decline, at least that is what I saw it as. Though, thank you for the advise about applying for it after trying a full course load.

    Mumsy - La Faux Chat means The Fake Cat (Female), and it's my normal forum name. Not trying to pull a false chat, it's just a normal name to me. :wink:

    Rock - I was going to try to get in a a combination Programmer/Art classes, since after everything I want to make games. :biggrin: I'm hoping to get near your High School GPA at the end of this year. :shake:
     
  13. mumsyto3

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    My bad. Sorry La Faux Chat.
     
  14. ND88TN

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    I'd still apply for the scholarship, just because you never know. But focus on getting in to a college with a NROTC program and then doing it as a college programmer.

    Be high speed, and they should give you a scholarship within your first year there too.

    I didn't even know my school had an NROTC program until my sophomore year. Joined that fall and also got the PNS leadership scholarship in the spring. I think I found out in late January, so it can happen pretty fast. I'm now a 1/C (yay! finally!)

    Just keep trying, if you really want it you can find a way to make it happen.
     

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