Immediate Scholarship Reservation

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  1. tle

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    I received a phone call from my local recruiter today. She told me I am a ISR applicant. I was confused and had no idea what this meant so I did some research but there wasn't much information online.

    I am also scheduled for an interview with a Commanding Officer this upcoming week.

    I guess my questions are what is the ISR? How will this interview be? Does it ensure me an immediate scholarship? (Despite the obvious acronym :biggrin: )

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. Seawings18

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    The ISR is a tool used by NRD's to essentially pocket a scholarship for highly qualified applicants. When I ISR'd I was told that when my package was sent off to Pensacola the national board would see a stamp of approval from the CO of the NRD telling them to award the scholarship. So in essence is it a way of bypassing the national board's decision making process as the CO will reserve a "yes" for you. My interview with the CO was very casual, as he asked me a few questions about my application then gave me the contract, and the recruiter asked me to bring my parents so they could sign off on it.
     
  3. tle

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    Thank you!!
     
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    Who informs an applicant of their status regarding an "ISR?"
     
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    The applicant's recruiter/ scholarship coordinator. You do not ask for an ISR; if awarded, you will sign a "binding" contract in the presence of the NRD CO and your parents.
     
  6. tle

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    Did you have to sign any contracts before the interview? Both my dad and I signed a contract in the recruiter's office last week.
     
  7. ROTCaspirant

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    About two months ago, I had an interview with the Army ROTC battalion CO, who was clearly very impressed with me, and said he would write recommendations to the University admissions office and whatnot. I didn't hear anything about an ISR. Should I be worried?
     
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    ISR is Naval, not sure if Army ROTC has an equivalent.
     
  9. Jcc123

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    ISR is a Navy thing - Army doesn't give them.
     
  10. Seawings18

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    I had to sign some paperwork regarding drug use and the other supplemental forms alone. My parents were called in to sign the ISR contract at the second interview; I am not sure what you both signed so if you are more comfortable PM'ing me go ahead.
     
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    I don't want to hijack the thread, but is it too late to receive an ISR? My recruiter says I have a great shot at a scholarship (although I'm not getting my hopes up at all) and wants me to get my application in asap to see as many boards as possible. Also, when you say binding, do you mean I would have to decline any appointments to a service academy if I got in?
     
  12. tle

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    I pm-ed you! :)
     
  13. Pima

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    All SA appointments are the exception.
    ~ I.E. get an appointment to USMA, but accepted the ISR for NROTC you will be released from that scholarship.

    It is binding, at least for AFROTC from the perspective that you must remove your name from the national board. This can become a problem for some because they may be awarded the scholarship to their number two school or a reach. Thus, they have to decide if the risk is worth it. What if you don't get accepted to the college, now the scholarship is worth nothing, can you afford to go to your 2nd, 3rd choice without a scholarship?
    ~ A bird in the hand situation.
     
  14. Seawings18

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    +1; my NRD CO noted that an appointment could replace an ISR. I was offered the contract only after I assured him the NROTC program was my top choice.
     
  15. Seawings18

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    No it is not too late, but I strongly advise against even mentioning the acronym "ISR" to a recruiter unless they have mentioned it to you first.
     

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