Question concerning AROTC scholarship and ECP

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  1. Mjdowns23

    Mjdowns23 Member

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    I applied for the AROTC scholarship and completed the application in time for the January board. The officer at my local college (Widener University) told me he see's everything that the Army wants and my activities, volunteer work, athletics is great but the only thing that they would see as a weak point is my GPA which is at a 2.8. I know that it's not that great but do you think that it will completely ruin my chances of receiving the scholarship? Do youth that they'll select s.omen for the january board with this gap and the last board? I'm just very worried so thanks for your help.
     
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    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    It's not always easy to say whether someone will or won't receive a scholarship. A lot depends on the board, and how they interpret your file. This is something that is essentially out of your control.

    Here is what is in your control if you want to attend college and become an Army Officer. Come up with a good backup plan to fund college. Apply to colleges with ROTC. Once accepted talk to financial aid departments about how they can help you pay for college, and be prepared to go into a little debt. Be prepared to consider the SMP program, in which you join the guard or reserves and have them help you pay for college. And keep in mind that you will be an Army Officer, making the kind of money that will allow you to pay off loans if you aren't a scholarship recipient.

    Your subject line has ECP in it. Was there a question about ECP?
     
  3. Mjdowns23

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    Thank you for your reply. No i know that it is completely out of my control i was just wondering if they give any lee-way with the gpa because that it is the only thing that is a little weak. And my question concerning the ECP program. I have an interview for the ECP program at valley forge in January. Do they go through the cadet command or there own way to pick their cadets. I heard that they will let you know of your acceptance at the interview? I don't know how much truth their is behind that but those are my questions and thank you so much for your help! I guess it's my nerves hat are getting to me :cool:
     
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    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    There is leeway with GPA. Again, if you are a strong Athlete/Leader, that may make up for your lack of Scholar attributes. SAT scores or taking AP classes will help offset a low GPA.

    With ECP, make sure you understand what that entails. You will still have to enroll in a 4 year program once you graduate from VFMA and finish earning your bachelors degree. You will attend LTC before you have even started your freshman year, and you will attend LDAC, and compete against rising seniors when you are just a sophomore. Make sure you are exploring all your options, and understand the up and down sides of all of them. Remember that being accepted to VFMA, and receiving a scholarship are two different things. I'm not even sure if the Junior Military Colleges are allocated national scholarships. Probably something to ask...I'm kind of curious to know too, so if you find out please share the info.

    Good luck.

    Keep asking questions.
     
  5. FloridaDad

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    This is a very vague area. The Boar can award up to 350 points but they get no additional information. They have the power to literally swing any application over the cut offline but know one knows their thought process.
     
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    Okay I guess ill just have to wait and see for the ROTC scholarship. I have a bunch of volunteer work and all-league for football but I received honors for my grades this whole year so far. As for the ECP I think I recall the recruiter at valley forge saying that at the interview which I have January 18 they will interview you as a normal ROTC interview butwith a physical evaluation. The difference is he said is that they will tell you whether or not if you received tge scholarship for ECP or not at the end of the interview. I think thats how It is yet not 100% sure. Ill post results after the interview
     

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