Presentation of ROTC Scholarship?

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  1. missychrissy92

    missychrissy92 New Member

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    I think I read somewhere that if you get a ROTC scholarship (for any branch) they present it at your school in a big check form and make a huge deal about it even if you don't end up accepting it. Is this just a rumor?
     
  2. hockeyguy21

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    No rumor. While it indeed fact that your ROTC scholarship can be noted at your HS awards ceremony, it seems to be up to the school if they want to make note of the award.
    We are still unsure if my son will be recognized at the HS award ceremony, his recruiting Captain has offered to come with the "big cardboard check".

    Missychrissy, after your experience at the unviversity level and your success in ROTC, in hindsight your award at high school will not be that important if they overlook you. You know what you have done.

    Best luck!
     
  3. Pima

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    Our DS's high school did an awards nigh and he was presented with the scholarship. For the AF they will ask you if you want someone to present it, i.e. ALO or detachment personnel. They send a form sometime in April/May. Most people select their ALO since they already know them.

    If your high school does not do a scholarship night, like hockeyguy stated the fact you got one is more important than the recognizition in front of people that 5 yrs from now you won't even remember their name
     
  4. Poetic_Mind

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    That's what the're doing for me next month: presenting a big check at my senior awards ceremony:cool:
     
  5. live4ever

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    Wow, i think that is great! My daughter school never aknowledged it, they aknowledge every little scholarship everyone was given except hers....oh, well!:rolleyes:
     
  6. inthenavy2008

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    I think things vary from school to school and NROTC recruiter to NROTC recruiter.

    Not only is this a bigger scholarship than most, but it really is a message to the community about the person receiving it. The recipient has a commitment to serve his/her country in a very important way--especially in this day and age.

    At my son's school, they acknowledged one USNA recipient and my son's NROTC scholarship by awarding "empty envelopes" in front of the audience. It was symbolic; but at least it was acknowledgement. I bet most of the people seated in that auditorium really had no idea of the financial value and the commitment value of the awards.

    But, in the long run, do our sons or daughters just want recognition--or do they want to serve their country in an unselfish way?
     
  7. mombailey

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    Recognition

    My daughter has been awarded an ARMY ROTC scholarship to Texas A&M University. Her recruiter does not come to the school to present the award due to the fact he is responsible for about 100 awards. However my daughter can choose to have it announced by a teacher or principle at the school awards night, her recruiter supplied us with the info. such as amount
    awarded, and such. I do not think that having it announced is such a big deal to her, as it is to us, her parents, we are extremely proud of her accomplishments and think that receiving an ROTC scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships given! And to know that my daughter will be serving our country gives us great pride-who wouldn't want their community to know!:shake:
     
  8. sealion

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    Not a rumor and the big ceremonial check is very cool. I have seen AROTC and NROTC presentations at high schools that have been well done.

    Our high school has a senior awards ceremony where the presentation is done. You can ask your guidance office or principal's office to include your very legitimate scholarship. It should be one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) scholarship earned by someone in your class.

    Our local high school starts with the highest dollar value of scholarships and proceeds from there. For a student with an ROTC scholarship to a private college - that's huge - in the vicinity of $200,000.

    However, I haven't seen where the scholarship has been acknowledged if the student declines it.
     
  9. pinnedalltheway

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    There is supposed to be a Captain and local recruiter presenting my son with with his NROTC-Marine Option scholarship. I think all the the winners should be awarded at the school. The services could get facetime with hundreds of students looking for careers---what a recruiting tool. Also, the parents are there and someone who never though of the military may think about it. A missed opportunity to recruit if you ask me. (And I know it wouldn't be a "recruiting drive," but just being there and being available after the ceremony would be a plus)
     
  10. ProudCAPMom

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    My son received a Type 1 Air Force ROTC scholarship. When he received the paperwork, it asked if he would like it presented at graduation. They also asked if we wanted someone from the Air Force ROTC to present it or someone we know to present the award. We are going to have my son's Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander present the award, as he has been a mentor for my son the past 5 years he has been in CAP. His Squadron Commander is also an Air Force Academy graduate and a retired Officer from the Air Force, so he understands the honor of receiving the scholarship.
     
  11. wahoo84

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    Does anyone know the approximate $ value of a 4 year NROTC Scholarship or a 4 yr Type 7 AFROTC scholarship? Son has been asked by his Guidance Dept to list all scholarships received and $ value for each. He checked letters received, websites, etc and cannot find an actual $ list. He's also tried contacting the recruiters and has not been able to speak with them yet. Any ideas?
     
  12. felixbed

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    It can be worth up to 180000. My son's going to Drexel 38725 a year tuition and fees so that's about 150000. Navy website says up to 180000 to cover tuition, books and fees. So I would say use the big number.
     
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    Add up 4 years of tuition, fees and books plus the stipend. Use the figures for the University he is to attend.
     
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    If i got the scholarship but cant get it transfered to the school i will be attending, should i have it presented?
     
  15. sealion

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    Cycling - you HAVE been awarded the scholarship so definitely mention it. Most students are eventually successful in getting the scholarship transferred. Even if it is after they matriculate.

    I just feel like mentioning this to the NROTC scholarship recipients. The Navy generally takes a long time to remit the scholarship funds to your college. This year the second semester payment showed up in April.

    So relax. I was worried about that all freshman year but it worked out.
     
  16. s1732

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    Just a reminder to everyone to follow up on the presentation of the scholarships. Son's award night is next Monday and information was sent to his recruiter long ago, but it got lost in the shuffle. It took some scrambling this week to make it happen.
     
  17. kgrmom

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    One thing you can do if you don't get recognized by your school is to put an announcement in your local paper and acknowlege your son or daughter that way. This is what we did for our daughter who received her scholarship during her freshman year at college. The local papers love to publish these types of stories plus you accomplish, at least partially, letting the community know what a great opportunity your child has. Many of them also will print more than just "John Smith received an ROTC scholarship to ABC College" so be sure to include some general information about your student (sports, clubs, etc.) :biggrin:
     
  18. Maximus

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    We had a similar situation. While my sons Charter High School allowed and acknowledged his appointment to West Point Prep and his NROTC Marine Corps option scholarship to Embry Riddle, they wouldn't allow him to receive/acknowledge his AROTC Scholarship to The Citadel. He was fine with it, I was a little perturbed (but didn't say anything...schools not over yet...) as they did the same thing you mention, every kid was given an award for you name it! They even had the local Democrat Party Club hand some kid a scholarship check in the amount of $200! <I'm not kidding.

    Now here's where it gets weired, because he goes to a Charter HS, he has been attending an AFJROTC unit at the school he would attend, if he wasn't in Charter. Well, last Friday night they (regular High School's AFJROTC Unit) had their year end awards and promotion ceremony to acknowledge all the accomplishments of the over 180 cadets.
    The whole ceremony was about awards that were given out on basically a lottery, not merit by the unit. The only mention of a scholarship was for the $1,000 Air Force scholarship given to the CC of the unit, for our local Community College. I think he's the only other senior going to college this year in the unit. My son said later that he thought they would at least mention his accomplishments but nothing, nadda...zip! He also said he didn't mind and again...it's only me, the Dad worried lol I don't know but.....I would think they would want to mention stuff like this because it might cast the school in a good light? Oh well, other more important things to worry about.
     
  19. jfryan

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    Refusal to acknowledge Military Scholarships

    My son attends an all-male Catholic high school north of Boston. They refuse to even consider any public recognition of his or any of his classmates military scholarships. (On top of all the other reasons they should recognize these recipients, one of their recent grads who graduated from West Point made the ultimate sacrifice.) Of course if one makes a contribution to the school for a scholarship in any amount, it is publicly recognized at an awards ceremony before all the graduates and their family/guests.
     
  20. mombailey

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    How sad is that? I can not believe that a school would not want to recognize these huge accomplishments! Thank goodness my daughters school does, I think the community deserves to know the awards of all its kids!
     

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