Is it too late to transfer scholarship?

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  1. cpkousky

    cpkousky Member

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    I received a Navy ROTC scholarship to Jacksonville University for their aviation program; however after doing some research and soul-searching I think I would rather be at Marquette University majoring in Construction Engineering/Management. Is it too late to request a transfer to Marquette? Or was May 1st the deadline? I can still apply to Marquette because they have rolling admissions.
     
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    Even if there is still the opportunity to transfer the scholarship the bigger question would be if Construction Engineering/Management is in the same Tier Level as your major in the Aviation Program.
     
  3. cpkousky

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    It's tier 2, the same as Aviation at Jacksonville University.
     
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    I would first call the NROTC office at Marquette, you'll get a much quicker and more accurate answer then here.
     
  5. goaliedad

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    Given your last decision in this thread...

    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?p=253604#post253604

    I would say that if you haven't burned your bridges, stay AF at WVU.

    1) You said you have enjoyed the big college experience.
    2) You have a GPA that should make you competitive for SFT.
    3) You said you could see yourself as a Civil Engineer which give you a satisfactory career even if you don't make SFT or after your time in the AF if you don't make it flying and then to FedEx.
    4) If your second thoughts are about JU's size, Marquette isn't exactly a large school either.
    5) Marquette's rolling admission for transfers is on a space available basis - I don't know if you've asked whether the specific program has space available.


    Let's face it. You've got something that works and has pretty good odds of being satisfactory going forward (unless there is something you haven't mentioned). You need to learn the skill of making a decision and moving forward (without looking back). This is critical if you are going to be a successful officer in any branch. The grass may be greener at Marquette, but maybe not. To go through all of this and find out you are no better off seems to me a recipe for a lifetime of regrets.
     
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    Read Goalidads post and your post and I would have to concur.
     
  7. cpkousky

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    The main problem that I have is that while growing up I was so focused on the Air Force and Naval Academy. Unfortunately I was waitlisted at both and ended up not receiving an appointment to either. I had applied for Navy and AF ROTC scholarships on the side, but did not research colleges/majors as thoroughly as I did for the Academies. I ended up not receiving the Navy ROTC scholarship, but instead received the Air Force ROTC scholarship to WVU, which was my plan D.

    Growing up I had always dreamed of going to the Naval Academy and serving as a Naval Officer. I still accepted the Air Force ROTC scholarship to WVU because it still gave me the opportunity to serve as an officer, with the potential to be an aviator. However, the summer after my senior year I decided to give NROTC another shot, so I applied again.

    I now have the chance to become what I have always dreamed of becoming. The issue I am having is letting go of what I already have. After a year in AFROTC, I can see myself going in a different direction than I have always visioned, and the navy and AF visions are clashing together.

    My options are obviously wide open at this point, and I'm not going to make a irrational decision for next year. My choice is going to boil down to what major I want to do, and what branch I will be the happiest in. I believe whatever option I choose will work out regardless.
     
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    You options may not be quite as wide open if you are unable to get a transfer of the NROTC Scholarship to Marquette. Sounds like it will come down to two options, stay where your at or take the NROTC Scholarship to Jacksonville.

    If you transfer to Jacksonville will your current credits transfer or will you have to start over. Will NROTC let you transfer as a sophomore or will they require you to complete all four years of NROTC.

    Whatever you decide this will most likely be the final decision you will make. Take the time to research everything regarding the transfer if you choose that option.
     
  9. cpkousky

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    My credits will transfer over. When I spoke with the staff at the JU Batallion, they told me that depending on how heavy my course-load is after the credits transfer, they will determine if I will complete the program in 3 or 4 years. It's hard to tell at this point. I wouldn't mind spending an extra year there if I decide it is the right option for me.

    When I applied for the NROTC scholarship last summer I felt content with the aviation major offered by JU; however, after a year as an engineering student, I feel content with engineering as well. The Marquette option arised as a result of this. Like I said earlier, the major will play a key role in my decision. If it is possible for the Marquette option to be viable, then I will be able to do NROTC and engineering if I decide that is the best route.
     
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    Well, like I said in my previous post, you should call the Marquette battalion as soon as possible. The big issue will be whether the deadline has passed for NROTC transfers. The next issue will be whether the Marquette battalion even has a slot open for another cadet. Again, nobody here will be able to answer those questions, make that call tomorrow to at least be able to define your options.
     

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