Minimum GPA needed to KEEP AROTC scholarship?

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  1. NC Mom

    NC Mom Member

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    Well the first semester of college is complete, and things were not quite as "easy" as high school! :redface: My son is a college freshman on an AROTC scholarship and his first semester GPA was lower than he hoped for--not low enough to put him on acemdemic probation at the school, but low enough that we are worried about the impact to the scholarship. Does anyone know the minimum GPA to keep the scholarship, and is there a "probation" period?
    Since it is Christmas break, everyone at the school has already left and there is no one to ask. Can anyone help so I don't stress about this until January 10th?
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    The minimum GPA for the AROTC Scholarship is 2.5 If he is below that I'm not sure what comes next, my thought would be that they will counsel him and may see if he can bring it back up in his second semester.

    A cadet and my son's school was dropped from the program at the end of last year due to grades, I'm not sure if they gace him a semester to get back on track or not. The cadet was a sophomore, he was required to join active duty enlisted for a min. 2 years, they did not allow him to re-pay the scholarship.

    Have your son get in touch with his cadre right away if his GPA was below 2.5 and see what the next steps are. Most colleges have support and tutoring available your son can take advantage of. Good Luck.
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Incorrect...the contract says you must maintain a 2.0 (semester and cum). If you are below a 2.0 typically your scholarship will be suspended, and you will have to pay for the next semester. If your son's battalion is anything like the Golden Knight Battalion we are all over the grades as soon as they are posted, and we are contacting the cadets who are in trouble, seeing if there is anything they can do to adjust their GPA (drop classes, beg professors). If you haven't been contacted yet, you are either OK, or your Battalion isn't like the Golden Knight Battalion.

    Not even going to try to lecture about working harder and getting tutors etc. I think your son will either figure it out or become an ex cadet. I've seen plenty of cadets recover from that first tough semester, and I've seen plenty of cadets fade into oblivion. Have your son enjoy the holidays, take a deep breath, and head back to school ready to do what needs to be done.
     
  4. Jcleppe

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    Clarksonarmy,

    I stand corrected, I realize now that the 2.5 was a standard set by the batallion. If you fall below that extra study hours are required. One thing to remember, you do a lot better in class if you actually show up. I have seen so many freshman get to lax in going to class, no one there to make sure they go. You can't pass if you don't go.
     
  5. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Amen to going to class. I get to take one class a semester as a faculty member. I usually have one or two of my cadets in the same class as me. It's pretty embarrassing when I see them at PT and ask them why they weren't in accounting class the day before. Why would anyone pay $40K a year to avoid going to what they paid for.

    Mindblowing!!!
     

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