How hard is it to get a full NROTC or AFROTC scholarship?

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  1. futureplebe

    futureplebe Member

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    Does it depend on the University? My main one for ROTC is Notre Dame (if I get in), but I am willing to go a lot of places if it means going to college for free. I'm only a freshman in H.S., but I have a 4.2 GPA (4.25 highest possible), I am a little weak on staderdized testing, but I am studying for the ACT/SAT, I am almost an Eagle Scout, I play football and track/field. I plan on voluntering at a local hospital with a friend over the summer. What more do I/ Should I need to do to get into an academy or a full ROTC scholarship?


    Thanks, sorry if you thought the post was confusing.
     
  2. sealion

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    A potential candidate of your calibre should not have a problem getting a full scholarship through NROTC. If you can maintain your grades, EC's and sports you should be fine.

    It's great that you're getting an early start because you want to be thinking about and capturing leadership opportunities that are available to you.

    You will at some point have to clear a medical exam and a physical conditioning test to actually be awarded a scholarship.

    Maybe someone who knows more about AFROTC can help you with that.

    In regard to the standarized testing - most likely you will see your scores improve considerably between now and October of senior year.

    I have heard great things about the ROTC's at Notre Dame. What a good choice. Good luck. Go Irish!
     
  3. inthenavy2008

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    Keep up the good grades. Work on those SATs.

    My son's experience is with the Navy ROTC scholarship. Get the application done, accurately early in the application process. Get it done during the summer, before you do all the college applications. Put some good time and effort into the essays. Let them know who you are in those essays--that's a lot what they are looking for. Check your spelling and grammar! The later the application is submitted, the greater the competition.

    If you get better SAT scores after you submit the application, you can report them.
     
  4. Pima

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    Our son was determined to go to Notre Dame until his sr. yr got the sweatshirt to prove it :wink:, in which he changed his rank order. (ND went from number 1 to 3), we are still waiting to hear from them, but DS has stated he isn't going, just wants to know if he gets in. Notre Dame has alumni associations in every state. in the fall they travel out to larger cities (in NC, they went to Raleigh, Charlotte and Winston Salem)

    During their presentation, they stated 1340 was their avg SAT, and 31 was their ACT, so their avg scores are higher. Most of their students are in IB if available. They give credit for AP 4-5 scores, no credit for jump start. At our school they push the advance kids to do jump start, we have found through experience this is not a smart choice for kids applying for ROTC or SAs, because an AP gets a 6.0 gpa compared to 5.0 for jump start (don't get me started on how going to an actual college qualifies for a lower gpa) The ROTC and SA look at your gpa and rank it is a part of the PAR. Taking jump start even with A's will place you lower.

    I hope this helps you plot out your future some more.

    Notre Dame is reknown for their ROTC program should you decide to attend.
     
  5. futureplebe

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    Ok, I'm going to update my stats a bit.

    I'll hopefully finish with about a 4.2/4.3 GPA (4.6 is about the max someone can get at my school)
    Unwieghted would be about 3.7ish, but one of the hardest courseloads
    30-32 ACT, possibly a bit higher, but at least a 30.
    Eagle Scout, Model UN, Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice, student ambassador, volunteer a good amount.

    I also might study abroad my junior year, but I'm skeptical I can get everything to work, with my school, and getting the amount of credits to graduate, and still take challenging classes Sr. year. But I still might take a gap year and try and go abroad with Rotary or CBYX. YFU has good scholarships for summer studying abroad, so I might be able to do a month in summer in Japan or China.

    Also can you defer a NROTC scholarship? I'm going to assume not, that would probably screw things up with your unit at your school.

    Also, my chances are very slim for a full AFROTC scholarship because they don't give many fulls and I'm a non-technical major. But I'm hopeful on my chances for a NROTC, but we'll see.

    Thanks.
     

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