NROTC Scholarship

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  1. USNA2017

    USNA2017 Member

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    When an applicant is awarded a NROTC Scholarship, does it say which college the scholarship is awarded to or is a NROTC Scholarship to any college of the applicant's choice. Never really understood how this worked..
     
  2. kinnem

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    It's awarded to a specific college or colleges. It's usually one of the 5 that the applicant lists in their application, but in extremely rare circumstances it's some other school.
     
  3. DeskJockey

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    You can find the answer to your question, and just about anything else you would want to know about NROTC scholarships, on the official website:

    http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/apply.aspx
     
  4. Usafa2017

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    I received a scholarship today. The message said:


    "Congratulations!
    You have been selected for a 4-yr Navy Option scholarship.
    Your scholarship has been placed at [School].
    Your host unit will be [School].


    You will be notified in writing of your selection status approximately two weeks after the information is posted on this web site. The letter includes a questionnaire which must be returned immediately. The award of the scholarship is contingent upon meeting all the requirements listed in the notification letter, including being found medically qualified or waived for the NROTC Program."
     
  5. USMCGrunt

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    Congratulations on the scholarship!

    From here, you will have a little bit of paperwork (30 days to complete - I think) and then the DODMERB physical evaluation.

    You have entered the next phase of the process!
     
  6. NROTC_HOPEFULLY

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    does anyone have any idea how many scholarships are left? have most of the scholarships already been awarded, or have a majority not yet been awarded?

    Thank you
     
  7. cb7893

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    Can't help you with your question. You have reached for the moon and more qualified candidates are applying for every manner of scholarship.

    I will tell you that Vanderbilt would be an excellent choice if you don't get first choice. DS visited. They were awesome. I don't want to say they were laid back, but they understood that if the candiadte gets admitted to Vandy and a 4 yr ROTC scholarship, that there is a certain amount of mitivatrion which doesn't need to be proven on a daily basis. Just keeping up with Academics and ROTC would be challenge enough. VU also has one of the best urban locations you could possibly imagine.
     
  8. dunninla

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    I can only speak for how it went two years ago. By November the most popular/expensive Battalions were about 95% full... TAMU, U of San Diego, Boston U, Tulane, Villanova, George Washington, etc.

    On the other hand, Battalions at hard-to-get-into large Publics like UCLA, Berkeley, Michigan, often have openings all the way into May. Battalions at impossible-to-get-into schools like Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, etc. often never fill their mission b/c most of the scholarships awarded to those schools are to scholarship awardees who don't get into the school through admissions. So there isn't any way for that award to get used unless somebody gets in who was awarded a scholarship to another school, and puts in for a scholarship transfer.
     
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    To add to dunninla's comments:

    (Dated information) not too long ago, Marquette University in Milwaukee used to have openings at the end of the whole process for NROTC candidates. Seems students and ROTC candidates who apply here use it as a back up to Notre Dame, etc.

    So after the first round and the subsequent shuffling, there may be schools with openings available.

    If you search for posts from P-Flying17, she lists the schools that traditionally fill up first.
     
  10. NROTC_HOPEFULLY

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    Are you talking to me? I am not sure what difference it would make to the navy whether I want a scholarship to Yale (40,000 per year) or someplace like BU (also 40,000). And I am pretty sure I have a chance (a CHANCE) at getting in to some of those top schools to which I have applied. But not much point in speculating now.

    Ok. I will try to keep that in mind. And thank you for your advice about vanderbilt.
     
  11. sandnnw

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    Speaking of VU, my son received an e-mail from NROTC that he was awarded a 4 yr scholarship at Vandy. He's also the nom for USNA in our congressional district.

    We are patiently awaiting a medical waiver for both. I plan on contacting the PMS at Vandy and touring the NROTC program, get his take on VU vs Annapolis.

    Being a VU Alum, commissioned AROTC, semi-retired AF (I know - long story), I'm kinda biased, so I'm trying to keep out of this process, as much as a dad can anyway. I know which one I'd choose and what many of you would as well, but he has to live with it for four years.

    Such an exciting time for all you young folks, hope the hard work pays off.
    I wish you luck, keep reaching for that moon!
     
  12. sandnnw

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    Hey cb7893,

    forward you message to the following:

    sandnnw@yahoo.com

    want to expand on the Vandy story and I can't reply thru PM yet.

    regards,

    jim
     
  13. cb7893

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    on its way!
     
  14. pipingplover

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    cb7893, can you explain what you meant by the following? DS is considering VU.

    "I will tell you that Vanderbilt would be an excellent choice if you don't get first choice. DS visited. They were awesome. I don't want to say they were laid back, but they understood that if the candiadte gets admitted to Vandy and a 4 yr ROTC scholarship, that there is a certain amount of mitivatrion which doesn't need to be proven on a daily basis. Just keeping up with Academics and ROTC would be challenge enough."
     
  15. cb7893

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    Piping, I apologize for being sloppy.

    I grew up in Nashville (now live in the midwest) and graduated from the high school which is across the street from Vandy's ROTC Building. Nashville is thick with family and friends. So I am probably not objective.

    We visited on a day when there was no hustle and bustle. Both DS and I got an excellent vibe from the Commanding Officer and the Enrollment Officer. When I said they were laid back I meant that they had no attitude. A kid who presumes to be able to get into Vandy, apply for an ROTC scholarship and travel half way across the country to check it out, has shown a level of seriousness. They discussed everything from the outline of a longterm naval career to the day to day challenges faced by Vandy NROTC Midis.

    CO seemed to understand that getting into VU and getting a 4yr ROTC scholarship is proof of something. My DS has zero attitude, no sense of entitlement and is content to let the stuff on paper and coach/teacher recs do his talking. The CO and Enrollment Officer have no control over who gets a scholarship or gets into VU, but it was refreshing to finally have DS treated like a man.

    The one and best piece of advice CO gave was to not be afraid to ask for help. Many kids end up at elite schools after having relatively unchallenged lives up to that point and they simply don't know how to ask for help or how to catch up since they were always accustomed to being ahead of everyone else. He put that in the context of a successful career in the Navy.

    After the visit, DS took Vandy off the list, because he was not impressed with the engineering program. It is very difficult for even a well-endowed private university to compete with the big engineering facilities one finds at Big State U.

    However, to this day, he still speaks about how well he felt he clicked with the Vandy NROTC unit. So I couldn't recommend highly enough.

    Hope that helps.
     
  16. Jcleppe

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    Make sure your son is the one to contact NROTC and make the arrangements for the visit. I'm sure that's what you meant but just thought I'd mention it.

    Congratulations to your son.
     
  17. pipingplover

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    cb7893, thank you, yes that was very helpful!
     
  18. sandnnw

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    Jcleppe,

    No, I'm not waiting on him. I am heavily invested in this possible candidate and want to make sure, as much as possible, my horse gets into the gate.

    After the start, its up to him. Regards.
     
  19. ahuntedyeti

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    Any idea why the hard to get into publics stay open? Same reason as the Yale tier schools? And does the openings incorporate crosstowns as well such as UC Davis being a CT for Berkeley. Would placing one of the hard to get into publics help your chances of getting the scholarship? (I am IS for the UC's)
     
  20. DeskJockey

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    This is simply speculation, but there are several factors that probably explain why units at certain elite pubic schools don't fill quickly. First, as hard as it is for in-state students to get into Cal or UCLA, it is extremely difficult to get admitted from out-of-state, so most OOS students would not be able to use the NROTC scholarship anyway. Second, a scholarship is not worth all that much to in-state students at public schools, who may prefer to pay their own way and maintain greater flexibility to join or leave the program without a commitment. If you were to get a NROTC scholarship to UCLA that merely replaced financial aid that you were going to get anyway, would you take it, or would you wait until school starts to make up your mind if you want to join? Third, Cal and UCLA have strong reputations as "liberal" campuses, and prospective ROTC members are likely to be concerned about how they will be treated by the larger campus community. (As it happens, they will be treated just fine, but it is hard to really know that until you are actually on campus). Fourth, the Cal crosstown schools are either impossible to get into (Stanford) or a two-hour commute (Davis). My guess is that very few NROTC scholarship applicants from California who can get into Cal or UCLA put them at the top of their lists.

    As to how this affects your odds of getting a scholarship, it would seem logical that anyone who puts Cal, UCLA, Stanford or Davis as a first-choice school would be in a relatively more advantageous position for a scholarship, but the real issue is whether you will ever be able to use it - either because you can't get admitted, or (in the case of Davis) you don't want to make a very long commute for four years.
     

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