This has been the second time we have gone through the Scholarship Application process. My first son applied in 2007 for the class of 2012. The process was a bit different then, the individual ROTC programs offered the scholarships and there was a lot less waiting. With the centalized system that is in place now it sure raises the anxioty level for the kids. It seems that with the downturn in the economy and the perception of winding down combat operations more young people are looking to these scholarships to help pay for school. When my older son started his first year at school they were still trying to give scholarships to anyone that was qualified. Now so many good young people end up dissapointed. The stats my older son had were about middle of the road compared to some I have read about on this board. He recieved the scholarship to all 5 schools he applied to and recieved a $2,000.00 bonus when he accepted his scholarship to the school he now attends, things have sure changed. In talking with the PMS at the school my son is attending he has mixed feelings about how the process now works. He says while they get some good cadets, he has to just scratch his head with wonder over some that are selected. He wishes he had more input during the selection process. My older son had a 3.6 unweighted GPA and an 1120 SAT. In todays standards that would be low, 3 years ago he was higly recruited by all the schools he applied to. This year my younger son has applied and his stats are 3.5 unweighted GPA and a 24 ACT. I guess we will have to just wait and see how things turn out. One thing to remember, those high marks in high school do not mean instant success at college and ROTC. It is a whole different world. Good luck to all those waiting for the news.