Scholarships available?

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  1. jdc59

    jdc59 New Member

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    I was in Army ROTC from August 2008 to December 2009. I got approved for DoDMERB in August 2009, but no scholarships were available. I waited until December for a scholarship and there still were none, so I had to drop from the program. I'm graduating college in May 2011, and hopefully will be going to grad school start in the Fall of 2011 and I will be joining the AROTC program at my grad school. Is the Army still out of ROTC scholarships?
     
  2. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Do you want to be an Army Officer, or just get some free school?? Not sure why you had to drop out of the program. There are some scholarships available, and you would probably be a candidate for LTC. There are some scholarships available from LTC, but you need to go to camp and compete for them. There are also guard or reserve scholarships that are still available for cadets in the program who show that they deserve on. I'm just guessing here, that there is some reason why you never received an offer, or were presented with all the options. You'll still have to convince someone that you deserve a scholarship, your not just going to fill out a form online and receive a big check.
     
  3. jdc59

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    No, I need the scholarship because when I join the Army, my parents are basically disowning me, so I need to support myself, and I can't pay for tuition myself or without them cosigning my loans. When I was denied the scholarship, I had to drop ROTC because I can't afford to be contracted with no money, because my parents would have stopped supporting me. I busted my *** while I was in ROTC and if you knew me you would know I am dedicated. I deserved a scholarship, there just were not any, so don't tell me I'm doing it for the money.

    Anyways, I'm going for LTC.
     
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Just one more word of caution, then I'll shut up...what's the plan if you go to camp and don't receive a scholarship offer. Have you looked into the GRFD option. You might also want to consider OCS or the SMP option. I'm surprised you couldn't take advantage of SMP to help finish college and stay in ROTC without your parents support the first time around. You also might want to delay grad school and go to OCS serve and have the ability to use GI bill to pay for your grad school in the future...scholaship money is still tight

    Best of luck!
     
  5. aglages

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    Clarksonarmy: Man you have a hel* of a lot more patience than I do. Thanks for all the help and advice you provide on this forum.:thumb:
     
  6. soxfn2041

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    I would like to suggest keeping the debate civil. I don't think that Clarksonarmy ever said that you WEREN'T dedicated; he was merely asking why you had to drop Army ROTC.

    Scholarships in general are ALWAYS going to be tight. They're free money. That doesn't come easy. The Army is no exception.

    I'm not sure if your parents are against the idea of the military, you dying, active duty, etc? If you just go through school with the loans and take the active duty commission, within a few years, your salary WILL go up enough that you can probably start paying off quite a good chunk of those loans. You get food and housing paid for or partially paid for, and medical care will be covered, leaving you a good bit of your $$ for you. Since you have to pay loans either way, why not take the guaranteed job rather than sinking more debt into a graduate degree?
     
  7. jdc59

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    I don't want to get into the discussion of my parents, but basically they think it is suicide to join the Army and won't support it. And I am going to join ROTC. The question is whether or not I get a scholarship. If I don't, I will need to find a cosigner for my loans and that will be the difficult part.
     
  8. soxfn2041

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    I guess my answer to your question (and hopefully someone more qualified will either back me up on this or correct my misunderstanding) is that there ARE scholarships. There have been every year. With that said, the # may change with each year, as may the number of applicants. This can factor into how "difficult" it is to get one that will pay what you need.
     

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