ROTC scholarship question

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  1. alaska66

    alaska66 CGA Admissions Partner

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    DD attended summer seminars at AFA, USMA, USNA and USCGA. She is applying to all four, but is also applying for ROTC scholarships. She received a letter from Army Cadet Command informing her of the scholarship procedures. The letter stated that they will review her file one time, it will be scored and placed on a rank-ordered list. It goes on to say that if an offer of scholarship is made, you have a 30 day time period to accept. We are curious if these offers are on a rolling timetable, or do they wait until April after the board has their final meeting to make any offers. Curious what others have done if they are waiting on word from a SA and receive an ROTC scholarship offer.
     
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    Rolling. For the Army, there are 3 scholarship committee meetings. Fall, early Winter, and early Spring. For the Navy, there are 12-14, spread out between late August and late April.

    For Army ROTC, the 30 days applies to the date contained on the Award letter. Clearly being Awarded out of the first Board means the awardee might have to make a choice without yet knowing if he/she was admitted into the school for which the Award applies.
     
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    There are 3 AROTC boards, scholarships are awarded after each board, about 3 weeks or so after the board meets. You have 30 days to accept the scholarship.

    For those that are applying to both ROTC and the SA's: If you are awarded a scholarship, accept it, if you receive an appointment later, you simply decline the scholarship, there is no obligation to the scholarship.
     
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  5. alaska66

    alaska66 CGA Admissions Partner

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    Thank you! That's what she needed to know...whether to accept or not if she is waiting on a decision from a SA.
     
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    Glad to help, by the way, tell her to accept USCGA if offered, then again Im biased.

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  7. alaska66

    alaska66 CGA Admissions Partner

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    DD loved her week at AIM! USCGA and USNA are at the top of her list. She likes the Navy for the opportunity of eventually working in SOCOM, but she also likes the mission of the Coast Guard and the fact she could be based in Alaska.
     
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    +1 on USCGA!
     
  9. Pima

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    AFROTC is like AROTC with limited boards, and if I am correct they have the latest 1st board, which is typically giving out the 1st scholarships in January. Be prepared for the fact that they may re-board your child. In other words at the 1st board they didn't have a large enough pool to decide if or what type of scholarship they should offer her. It has become more and more common over the past few yrs, due to the size of the application pool.

    As others have stated accepting the scholarship is not binding, they can actually hold onto the AFROTC scholarship up to reporting for I-Day. Many, many recipients do exactly that. Reason is simple. G forbid they get to I-day and medically turned back, they have the scholarship to fall back on. Some kids play spring sports and can get injured in the end of May(broken bones), making it impossible to report for I-Day, but cleared for AFROTC in Aug/Sept.

    People always have an issue with this regarding if it is fair or not. IMPO, it is a personal decision for them to make, AFROTC allows it, thus they have no ethical issue with it.

    Off topic, but on topic. If you look on the AFA thread you will see that kids already were medically turned back, and now the kids are scrambling for fall enrollment. This too is a hot topic. Start talking now about whether you are willing to pay the deposit to the college as Plan B JIC. For some they will roll the dice, and allow the college to pull someone off the wait list, for others they want the safety net in place. For even some more they place the deposit at the safety of safety schools over the Plan B AFROTC school, because it will be only for a yr ...hopefully. It sounds easy, but once you are in the thick of it, and everyone starts offering advice/opinions it because very hard to call the ball due to the fact that everyone's opinion gives you another, BUT if we do this one...
     

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