Woohoo! DS just called and after sucking me into the "The MOI and AMOI just pulled be aside to give me some bad news" thing... went on to inform me that he received a 2.5 year side load Marine Option scholarship!!! I'm so happy for both him and my wallet! Mom is now talking about a Hawaii vacation. Evidently only 11 sideload MO scholarships were awarded nationwide which puts it at about half the numbers awarded last year at this time. I don't know if money or number of qualified candidates were the limiting factors but I strongly suspect it's the money. DS also informs me 9 of those scholarships were to Navy Option college programmers who decided to switch to Marine Option. DS is really excited of course as this allows him to attend Mountain Warfare School this summer. Since he is on both the Drill Team and more importantly on the Endurance Competition Team (see Memphis Drill Competition) he'll be able to attend Breakfast Club this spring, so he will get to do it twice prior to OCS. He thinks this is a very good thing to really get locked down on what he'll need for OCS. DS's hard work on academics, physical fitness, and building up his leadership skills has really paid off. I never saw him work so hard in high school as he has in college and it wasn't just about keeping up but exceeding requirements and achieving goals. Don't know why we couldn't get that into his head in high school! Someone must be living right, and it ain't me! Woohoo!