Question about NROTC scholarship timing

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  1. hopeful1998

    hopeful1998 Member

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    I have applied for the NROTC scholarship for 5 pretty competitive schools ( Vandy, Duke, Ga Tech, NC State, and UTexas) What is the best strategy for admission : To apply early action/decision OR wait until regular decision - giving me a better chance to hear the status of the scholarship prior to the January 1?
    Some of the early action deadlines are Oct. 15 and I have not heard any news on the scholarship yet.
     
  2. NAVYHOPEFUL2019

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    I dont think there is any harm in applying early action. You may however run into trouble with early decision which is binding... If you win a scholarship and its assigned to another school other than your early decision school, you can try to transfer it but there are never any guarantees here... Are you applying to USNA?

    My son only applied regular decision to the schools on his NROTC list. He was awarded a Scholarship in February. This scholarship we feel partially helped him obtain regular admission in March to his top school.
     
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    I agree with NavyHopeful20. Never apply early decision. Early action, since it's non-binding, is OK.
     
  4. hopeful1998

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    Yes, I am applying USNA. Good point about ED, but I had an NROTC officer at one of my schools tell me "make sure you apply ED" for better acceptance percentage.
     
  5. kinnem

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    I can't imagine what he or she was thinking, unless they assume a scholarship transfer is guaranteed... and it isn't. Of course you can always roll the dice and take your chances. We just want to make sure you're doing it with full knowledge.
     
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    And I appreciate the advice, its tough to reconcile it all.
     
  7. USMAROTCFamily

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    I would not apply ED unless you are prepared to go to the college regardless of getting the NROTC Scholarship, which is what you are committing to when you apply ED. By all means, apply EA to any colleges on your list, though. My DD applied EA to her top college, and found out that she got the NROTC scholarship to that school before she found out she had gotten in. She was sweating bullets while she awaited the admissions decision.
     

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