ROTC Sholarship Acceptance

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  1. Trey

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    Hello. I am 13 years old. My dream school is VMI, only 2 hours away from my hometown. The total cost to go to VMI would be around $22,000, which is alot for my family with 3 kids all going to college in a span of 10 years. I am just wondering if there is and estimate of the acceptance rate of AFROTC or NROTC scholarships given out. And maybe the average gpa's, SAT's, and ACT's.

    Thanks
    Trey
     
  2. Pima

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    I say this with extreme kindness.

    We truly can't help you for so many reasons. Our best we can do is say take the most rigorous academic course load you can, and be well rounded.
    ~~~ Partake in athletics.
    ~~~ Partake in NHS/Beta
    ~~~ Prepare for your SAT/ACT early on
    ~~~ Show leadership
    ~~~ If you have a medical issue start investigating it now.

    VMI might cost 22K for this yr., but if you look back historically regarding costs, you will see most colleges have increased on avg by at least 10% per yr. If VMI does this, for your freshmen yr., it will most likely be in the low 30K's.

    College is 4 yrs., and you get to choose where you go, and your major. AF and Navy ROTC will commission AD. You don't get to choose where you live. It is also 24/7/365 days a yr for AT LEAST 4 yrs. in a job and a base that THEY get to decide. Granted you might want that career field, but it still is THEIR decision.
    ~ Want Intel, well maybe you get it, but how do you feel about Minot, North Dakota as the Intel officer? Want fighter pilot (F22/35), well how do you feel about heavies? Or maybe even you don't get selected for pilot, but RPA or ABM? That is the reality of what happens when you take a scholarship to pay for college.
    ~~ I always say the Devil is in the details.
    ~~~~ At least for AFROTC they don't care if you attended an SMC when it comes to selection. It is a national selection and it is the cadets records.
    ~ VT is also an SMC, UVA also has AFROTC. Don't assume a cadet at an SMC will get 1st choice over the UVA cadet.

    Point is don't go down this path for any other reason than you want to live an SMC life. If you do this path with the belief you have a higher chance for your career goal, than you are mistaken.

    ROTC is part loving your college, part loving you academic degree program, and part loving the ROTC program.

    IOW it is juggling all 3.

    My guidance to you is to look at the stats every yr from now on for AFA/USNA appointed. That is IMPO the only true way to get a grasp on what you are asking here in your post.

    SA candidates typically have it drilled into their mind that they need to apply for a ROTC scholarship as plan B. If plan A is ROTC scholarship at an SMC than you need to beat those SA candidates.

    I would also say, lurk some more on this site because AFROTC and NROTC are different in many ways.
    1. AFROTC requires PFA. NROTC does not.
    2. NROTC ties the scholarship to the candidate, their major and school. AFROTC ties it to the candidate and major.
    3. AFROTC truly only guarantees the scholarship for 2 yrs.
    4. Medical issues. AF may waive, and Navy may not or vise a verse.

    You are 13. Class of 2023. A decade from now. The military budget will change, and it is also probable that your school selection or wanting to serve will too.

    Not trying to offend.
     
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  3. grevar

    grevar CGA Admissions Partner

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    Are you sure about the costs? My son considered that school early on in the process. Cost for out of state without a scholarship is about 42k a year. Even with the full NROTC scholarship we still would have had to pay about 15k a year I believe.

    Best of luck to you. Great that you are looking at these things this early. Take the hardest course load you can handle in high school. Take the act/sat and take it often. Get involved in team sports.
     
  4. Pima

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    grevar,

    He stated he is 2 hrs away, and where VMI is located it would mean he is IS. Honestly, there is no way he could be 2 hrs drive without being IS.
     
  5. Trey

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    No offence taken :). Thank you both for the replies. I have alot to think about. Are you from Virginia? If so, do you know about Roanoke Valley's Gov. School? It is higher learning math/ science school thatif accepted, I would travel there for maybe around a quarter of my day, then come back to my home school and attend the rest of my classes. Do you think this would give me a better chance of obtaining an ROTC scholarship?
     
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    grevar CGA Admissions Partner

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    Anything you can do to increase your test scores will help. Don't forget about the other areas like team sports and leadership roles. Good luck!
     
  7. Melitzank

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    Yeah, I know about Gov School. That'll help, IF you get good grades. If you go to Gov School but get C's and D's, then it'll only hurt.

    VMI has other scholarships other than ROTC, in the case you don't get one. And, of course, there are other scholarships that you can apply to for a ton of other things.

    The best thing you can do is do your absolute best in school. That'll get you far in more than just ROTC. :thumb:
     
  8. Trey

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    Thanks only around 3 months into school, but for my first nine weeks (first report cards.) All A's. Pre-Ap Geometry, French I, Pre-Ap Civics/Econ, Pre-Ap English 8, and PE.

    Thanks
    Trey
     
  9. Pima

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    Acdemics is only 1 portion. Make sure you are well rounded.
     
  10. Trey

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    AF JROTC starting next year, golf and baseball teams. Maybe quitting baseball for track and wrestling in winter. Jobs in Future: Kroger, baseball umpire, volunteer firefighter
     

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