ROTC scholarship

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  1. sammy0722

    sammy0722 New Member

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    I am senior in high school, a female, and I have a 4.1 gpa and maintained an A B average throughout high school. I was a cheerleader for two years, have numerous community service hours, take AP classes, participate in the spring play or two years, in National Honors Society, and in FFA. I am hoping to go to NC State or UNC Chapel Hill or any school that would accept me for Army ROTC. I would be willing to go to any school in or out of state (North Carolina), however, that would give a full ride scholar ship with good academics. The two previously stated are my preferences. I have yet to decide my college major. I was wondering if anybody knew any good schools and how high my chances are Of receiving the full ride ROTC scholarship assuming I will meet the physical requirements ???
     
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    You cannot get a scholarship without trying, so definitely apply. You will list your two schools you mentioned, plus put in a few more that interest you. One thing I want to clarify, most people think of a "full ride" as covering tuition, fees, books, room and board, however, an ROTC scholarship covers tuition and fees or room and board, not both. You also get a book allowance and a monthly stipend. Some schools waive room and board for ROTC scholarship winners so that would be more of the full ride concept, and some scholarship recipients only receive a three year not a four year scholarship, so these are all things to think of.
     
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    Of course I didn't expect full pay for everything out front. I am not getting any help from my family for paying. it will all be on me to pay. I appreciate the reply
     
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    No problem, I also have kids who have gone through the sports recruiting process, so "full ride" means something specific, however, the words can also be used without knowing the meaning so just wanted to help with the terminology. Keep asking questions, this is a long and can be a confusing process. One thing I would suggest is to try to visit your top schools and talk to the Recruiting Operations Officer at those schools (ROO), they can help a lot. My daughter is a freshman this year on a 3 year scholarship and her school pays room and board for all four years, even for three year winners, so that can help a lot! Good luck to you, since you are looking to serve your country, this can be an amazing way to help with your education costs, good luck to you and keep us posted!
     
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    Campbell University in NC is an excellent school. They currently offer an ROTC Presidential Scholarship that covers room & board for students with Army ROTC scholarships. If you get a 4-yr AROTC scholarship, you'll get a "full ride". Your stats look good but you didn't mention your SAT or ACT scores. Try to have your application complete and boarded for the first AROTC board. Go visit Campbell and arrange to talk to their ROO while you're there. Good luck!
     
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    I got a 23 on the act
     
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    Make sure you have a good mixture of schools on your list because you don't want to get a ROTC scholarship for that school, but not admitted.
    ~ Many colleges do not give an edge for admittance to ROTC scholarship recipients, so it is quite possible for that to occur.

    Also understand that NC has by law that only a specific percentage of the admitted class can be from OOS. I believe it is no more than 30%. Although your grades are on par for admittance your ACT score is way below their avg., even for IS for UNCCH and NCST. Those two colleges for NC residents are typically on a majority of kids lists. I would re-think those schools unless you have what is called a "hook" for admissions. IMPO they are very high reaches for you with your current ACT.

    I would look into ECU or Appalachian State in NC. They still might be a reach because it comes back to that % they can take from OOS and again for IS students many apply to those schools as their match or safety.

    As stated you have 0% chance if you do not apply, but just make sure that you don't want to end up with a scholarship, but no school on the list willing to admit your for the class of 2021.
     
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    My daughter was similar to your stats. One thing you should know is to get full points on your interview for your GPA and test score is you need a 24 ACT or higher. She also learned this in September last year, and decided to not apply for the first board and study and retest for the ACT in October, making sure she had everything in for the second board in January. This advice came from the ROO at one of her top schools. She ended up with a 25 on the new test and a 26 superscore for her scholarship. She ended up with a 3 year scholarship on the 3 rd board for nursing at 3 of her 4 schools.
     
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  10. KeyzCat

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    Auburn University Montgomery gives room for contracted ROTC. My son has a 3 year so we were very worried about paying for the first year but the school gives a merit based scholarships include In State tuition and they have a couple levels you are either on my DS's level of 2k a semester or peak that is 5k a semester. He is the only National AROTC cadet the only contracting his class has are those that are in through NG/AR. They do get upgrade options so if you were to get a 3year contract you can be upgraded to a 3.5 or 4 year. From what my DS said they have hinted that he my get upgraded if he passes his APFT. If you don't get a National level scholarship then you can still try to get the school based scholarships. Talk to the ROOs of schools you are interested in attending. What kind of school are you looking for? DS liked the small classes I think the max in a course is 30 so you have the ability to have a lot of interaction with fellow students and professor. If you are more independent learner then smaller class size may actually be a turn off. As far as not having an idea of what you want as a major try seeing if your school guidance counselor can give you a Career Interest and Skills Inventory test. These are not right or wrong type tests there are some components that are quantitative in measuring aptitude as it relates to varying career fields. Look at the degrees associated with career fields that would be your top five. For some there are must have degrees like scientific, computer programming, cybersecurity and mathematicians. @clarksonarmy can tell you more about tools that might be available to help you home in on a degree plan as well as questions to ask admissions and ROOs when being able to afford costs of college is a major concern. Great news on PELL is now you will be able to start application for FASFA now in October. Check the financial aid and scholarship pages for every school as there are some that require a separate application leaving money on the table because you didn't check application requirements. Find out if there are association, state or federal scholarships based on your parents' or your job/s, clubs, associations. Start your applications now let the schools know that you need the Financial Aid offer sheet as soon as possible and you may have to shuffle the schools on your list when you get those.
    Best to you; let us know how it goes as you go through the process.
     
  11. Creativefrau

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    What? So if you have submitted ACT and SAT results, but take the tests again in hopes of getting a better score, the new score will not be counted if you have complete the application in time for the first board?
     
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    Just looked at the Application Instructions and Checklist and it say..."If you retake the SAT/ACT after you submit your application, in order to ensure those new scores are included in your application, you should provide a hardcopy of the test scores to your recruiter."
     
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    Who would be the recruiter? If you have the results sent by the College Board who administers the test, does that work?
     
  14. KeyzCat

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    If you look on contact page there is an email but the upload documents section remains open. Last year DS uploaded one and then sent a message through the system and the super score was updated the next day and he got an email letting him know it was updated.
     
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    My DS has been working on his PT with our local recruiting office. The SSGT has been very helpful and my son has been working out with them several days a week. Many of the kids are going the enlisted route, however, he's the only on applying to an SA and ROTC. They have been amazing helping him.
     
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    Once your application is boarded, it will not be re-boarded, however, you can update scores. My daughter held off on her interview until the scores from the October test came in so that she could get full points on her interview. Without a 24 or higher, that automatically reduces the highest possible score you can get from a 200 to a 180. I would talk to a ROO at a school you are interested and ask them honestly if you are a candidate that should rush for the 1st board. My daughter was told by two different ROO's (they could of been right or wrong as I don't think they have a crystal ball), that a 22 was not good enough and should wait to apply until getting it up as long as she could apply for the 2nd board. Basically they said she was unlikely to be a first board candidate anyway. She took their advice got a 25 (26 superscore), and we are assuming they were right as she did not receive a scholarship 2nd board either, however, she did receive a 3 year AD on the 3rd board. It is possible she would not of received one without the higher ACT and higher interview score, we will never know. She is now a Freshman and loving school and ROTC, so while the wait was excruciating to re-test and apply later, it was well worth it!
     
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    This does work, however, you might have access to your results online before they get sent via College board. Simply upload a copy of that screenshot to your portal and typically it will be "approved" and added to your superscore within a day or two. My daughter never spoke to a recruiter, it is not necessary.
     
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    Thank you all for your replies! My DD got a 3 year two years ago and now we are working on my DS's application. It feels a little bit more familiar this time, but there are always thing that pop up that you just didn't know, so I really appreciate the help!
     
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