NROTC Instant Scholarship

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  1. ProudMom

    ProudMom Member

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    Has anyone heard of an NROTC instant scholarship? My son was offered one from the local recruiter. I am always weary... you know if it sounds too good to be true....

    Please let me know if this is real!!! Thanks :confused:
     
  2. FloridaDad

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    I was told by the local Navy PMS that the recruiting offices have nothing to do with the ROTC.
     
  3. GoNavyBeatArmy2015

    GoNavyBeatArmy2015 Determined

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    Naval Recruiter helpful to me

    The Navy Recruiters come to my high school and tell us about various programs. That is how I found out about the NROTC scholarship. They encouraged me to apply, and today I found out that I was awarded this scholarship to attend NC State. (USNA IS STILL FIRST CHOICE)

    I have never heard of the instant scholarship in their discussions. The NROTC scholarship required much paperwork, and interviews, essays, etc. and a complete physical.

    What is the money amount associated with the instant scholarship?
     
  4. ProudMom

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    He completed the application, did the essay, the interview, and still needed to get the last reference letter and transcripts. The local recruiter came to his school, picked up the transcripts and reference met with the gc and called my son out of class. He then told my son that they have 1 instant scholarship per district, and wanted to offer him a full 4 year $180,000 scholarship. He told them he was already accepted ED to his 1st choice, and they said he can use it there.
     
  5. GoNavyBeatArmy2015

    GoNavyBeatArmy2015 Determined

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    Instant Scholarship cont.

    @proudmom
    That is the same financial amount as offered with the NROTC scholarship I received, so it might be real. I really like the recruiter that helped me. I may run it by him tomorrow if I get to talk to him. He is being deployed soon and is in the process of training a new person. (I am bummed)

    Hopefully, someone else will jump on here and know more than I do. I just know I had to jump through many hoops to complete the process.
    I have wrestling practice at 0630 hrs and again at 1500 hours and then a match at 1800 hours, so I hope to catch up with him at some point.

    Good luck, and check it out.
     
  6. ProudMom

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    Thank you for your input, I too hope that someone "in the know" chimes in with some words of wisdom. Good luck with your match tomorrow!
     
  7. GoNavyBeatArmy2015

    GoNavyBeatArmy2015 Determined

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the good luck wishes. Good luck to you.
     
  8. DeskJockey

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    Most of us who post here are parents, and our knowledge of the scholarship process tends to be limited to the experiences of our own sons and daughters. When something unfamiliar comes up, I have found that Google is a very powerful research tool, particularly for some of the more obscure nooks and crannies of the ROTC scholarship system. Here is a link to a NROTC Scholarship Powerpoint briefing that is recent and comprehensive; it will answer just about any question you may have:

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q...lETP2r&sig=AHIEtbTtCoc8vSn_BreJ0-FmfLampAeP3A

    From what I can tell, your son has been offered an Immediate Selection Reservation (ISR). There were 150 ISRs allocated (for 2009 - probably similar # this year), and they are controlled by the Recruiting Command. You should be very proud that your son has been chosen for such a selective scholarship.
     
  9. ProudMom

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    Thank you for the link, the info, and the kind words regarding me son. As you can see from my "name" I am a very proud mom.
     
  10. gojack

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    No personal knowledge but Google shows a;
    "NROTC Immediate Selection Decision (ISD) 4 Year Scholarship Contract"
    So I would say it's for real
    Congrats!


    Application LINK HERE.

    15 Mar 2010...
    Immediate Scholarship Reservation (ISR). Interested
    applicants should apply for an ISR prior to applying for the
    Four-Year National NROTC College Scholarship Program. If not
    selected for ISR, the applicant should then apply for the Four-
    Year National NROTC College Scholarship Program. The ISR
    program is highly competitive in nature: Applicants must be in
    the top 20 percent of their graduating class with a minimum SAT
    math score of 600 and a minimum composite SAT score of 1230.
    ISR applications are only granted and approved by the Navy
    Recruiting District (NAVCRUITDIST) Commanding Officer (CO) via
    the NAVCRUITCOM NROTC Program Manager. Specific procedures for
    processing ISRs are described in paragraph 6. LINK HERE


    additional info (but very out-of-date) ---but informative none the less; Link HERE
     
  11. GoNavyBeatArmy2015

    GoNavyBeatArmy2015 Determined

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    @proudmom

    Spoke with the recruiter in training and he said something similar to what was stated by others. So it looks like you should be "very proud mom."

    As a high school student/senior just watch what your son signs. That was a big issue for my parents, as they were just playing it safe.

    Good luck to you and your son.
     
  12. nrotcmom

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    Instant Decision Scholarships are possible

    An amazing thing happened to my DS (who applied to the NROTC, USNA, and the USMMA) this week. He received a phone call on Monday (12/27) from a Chief at the Great Lakes Naval Center who stated my son had been selected as a highly qualified candidate and they were prepared to make an offer for an immediate decision NROTC scholarship, but he had to have an interview with the Base Commander before 12/30/10 and be willing to make an honorable verbal commitment to follow through on the acceptance (not changing his mind). The only exception to this would be if he received an appointment to an academy.

    We went to the base yesterday and DS was prepped by the Chief and then my husband and I were invited to sit in on the interview with the Commander, but if we said anything without being asked a question, the interview would be over. The interview was 1 hour and fairly brutal. At the end the Commander stood up and offered our son a scholarship for $180,000. We have pictures with the "big check", that they said they would come to his graduation and offer there. I am sitting in awe at this whole thing that has happened over the past couple days and know this was a gift from God.

    The amazing part is that DS applied as a Tier 3 with pre-law and political science as his majors. His stats are 3.9 GPA, ACT 28, SAT 1300, football (captain), drama, band section leader, tons of church group leadership, many, many hours of volunteer/community service, foreign mission trips of service. When I read many of these posts and see the qualifications that many of these yound men and women have, on paper they appear so much more qualified than DS. He has received 3 congressional nominations to the USMMA and 1 to the USNA

    We received feedback from a couple people that DS has phenomonal interviews and his letters of recommendation were also stellar. After sitting in on the interview yesterday, (this was one on one with the commander) I agree that this is really his strength, his honesty and honest self-assessment of what he wants to do, his ability to lead and where he wants to grow put me in awe... The Commander didn't give him any breaks and everything he said was open for challenge. Needless to say, it was an amazing event.

    So as the Chief stressed now all the stars have to line up, he has the scholarship, needs to get accepted into the schools (so far 3 out of 5), and they have to have NROTC openings (so far 3 out of 5). The Commander also stated the that the privilege of getting this offer has the expectation that our son will commit and follow through on it, and only if he gets an appointment will there be understanding that he could not fulfill the offer of this scholarship. So DS signed the papers and gave his word of this agreement. So we are truly on an adventure. I understand this is a unique way of receiving the scholarship and thought it might give hope to some of you who have worked so hard on all the applications and processes. Blessings to you.
     
  13. Lynpar

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    Wow! How much fun ( probably not the right word) is it to be in your family this week! What a whirlwind experience. :smile: it must have been just amazing to have this all unflod, or spill, into your lap. Of course this has all taken much hard work along the way with all the college applications, nomination applications, academy etc, etc, a real 12 year over night success! :thumb: how proud you must be of getting the great feedback and being able to actually silently watch your son earn his spot! Congratulations! What a great new year it will be! See ya around the forum.
     
  14. shooter

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    I was recently told I was eligible for an instant scholarship. The recruiter I have been in contact with makes it sound like I will get it as long as I am committed, but I'm not so sure. Is it true that you must go to the school they award the scholarship for? I'm realizing that my number 3 school, KU, should probably be my number 5 school. Also, do you really have to be accepted to all of the schools on your list? If the scholarship is for my first choice, which I've already applied to, I'd rather not apply for the others.
     
  15. aglages

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    What if the NROTC awards you the scholarship to your 2nd or 3rd or 4th schools and you haven't applied or been accepted? How will you use it? The reason you should apply to all five schools is that you don't know which one the NROTC will assign you and you may not be able to transfer your scholarship to the one(s) you were accepted.
     
  16. shooter

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    Since it is termed "immediate," I assumed that I would learn the school the scholarship is for shortly after receiving the scholarship, which I assumed would be immediate as well. If that is the case, I will have plenty of time to apply to the remaining schools. As long as there is an open slot for each, do they stick to the ranking, or do they consider levels of need for cadets?
     
  17. luckymacy

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    When a particual NROTC unit at a major univerisity brought up the instant scholarship concept out of the blue to my son and me, they seemed to imply there was wiggle room to which school it could be used for because it did not count against the 25 max slots the NROTC program can have per school. In other words, they said that this instant scholarship is offered through the regional recruiter's office under a different program and didn't follow the same constraints as the NROTC scholarships do. Ironically though, the Regional office in Philadelphia seemed to have never heard of it even after they took a day to ask all the 'old heads' in the office if they knew anything about it. Kind of funny. I thought maybe the program was done away with.

    I have to tell you though, the whole NROTC thing is getting old and kind of 'unreliable'??? My son's stuff was originally submitted in early October but they wanted it tweaked and wasn't finally submitted to the board until late October to make the early November board. Regional office said based on their experience he was as much as a 'shure thing' as could be reasonable to say. Got his hopes up. Well, we've heard nothing from the Navy since then. Meawhile, he filled out the AFROTC scholarship stuff and was awarded a Type 1 scholarship immediately and was also chosen by our Representative to be the Principal Nom to either USNA or USAFA, they called him up and gave him his choice after the interviews. Meanwhile, I just checked, still no decision with NROTC and no hint when one will be made. Nuts. I feel sorry for the kids that are pinning all their hopes on the NROTC process and their 'black out' of information...:eek:
     
  18. jdalv2

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    Yup, that's me. I was also told by my regional NROTC coordinator that I would be a 'sure thing''. I applied in mid-August and have still heard nothing...

    Like your son, I applied for AFROTC and I will be evaluated at the January board.
     
  19. P-Flying17

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    Recruiting districts are alloted so many ISR for qualified canidates, these are instant scholarship, however they still have to be board approved, students still have to fill out applications, and be medically qualified.

    It does count against the schools slots. They are still placed like any other select, placement is based on availability at the unit.
     
  20. shooter

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    Thanks for all the information!
     

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