Schools where everyone in Army ROTC is on full scholarship

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  1. xcrunner1

    xcrunner1 New Member

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    Hi everyone, I am a high school senior who knows he wants to be an infantry officer in the Army, hopefully a Ranger too. The only problem is my parents and I can not afford college so I need to go to a school where everyone in Army ROTC is on scholarship; preferably, where room and board is offered free by the school
     
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    I guess the first question would be, Have you applied for the Army ROTC Scholarship yet?

    There are no Schools/Battalion where everyone is on a full scholarship. The only school you could attend that has 100% of the cadets getting a full ride would be West Point.
     
  3. Thompson

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    While the Army scholarship may pay for a lot/most of it (depending on the cost of the school), please don't forget about many, many, many other scholarships out there, that can help you get a "full ride" to college.

    Good place to start for this, would be at your school's guidance office. They should have information on local scholarships at the very least.
     
  4. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Just to emphasis what Jcleppe was alluding to - if you haven't applied for the AROTC scholarship yet, you are late. Not too late, but late. Get on it ASAP.

    Keep in mind you do not HAVE to solve all your financial hurdles in one leap. Also, and you'll need your parents help with this, you need to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible in Jan or Feb next year. This is the standard application that allows colleges to determine the financial aid they will offer you. It can be a part of the solution too.
     
  5. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    You also need to look into the SMP program.

    Here is what you should be doing ASAP:

    Start researching colleges you would be interested in attending that have Army ROTC
    contact an Enrollment Officer at one of those schools. Ask her/him about the SMP program.
    APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE ASAP
    visit one of the colleges on your list
    then talk to a recruiter about joining the Guard or Reserves while you are in college and enrolled in ROTC.
    Do not start with the enlisted recruiter if you are sure you want to attend college and become an officer

    And remember College is an investment. If you and your family aren't willing to invest in your future, why should the Army???
     
  6. buff81

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    A bit harsh, don't you think, especially to a first time poster asking advise on how to realize a dream.
    I read nothing in the OP's post that implied that his parents aren't 'willing' to invest in his future, just that they can't afford it.
    Many parents can't afford to pay for their children's college education. Nor can they afford to take on additional debt to pay for that college education.
    Noone here knows that family's situation. Could be that the parents are unemployed, underemployed, have a terminal illness in the family or maybe there are 10 other mouths to feed at home. We don't know.
    Can we just trust the OP that his family can't afford to pay for his college and leave it at that.
    This kid is looking for advise on how he can pay for college.
    Let's provide the options available to him without being judgmental.
     
  7. txpotato

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    Depending on your ACT or SAT score you may qualify for merit scholarships at some schools. Hurry, though, as the deadline for applying is usually in December for these. Then, if you are awarded an ROTC scholarship to one of these schools (put schools where you have merit $ on your list) then you can apply the ROTC scholarship to room/board.

    FYI, merit scholarships are usually 28+. However, you get full out of state tuition at Mississippi State with a 26. I spoke with the ROO there last year and found him to be very helpful.

    Also, be sure and ask if scholarships are stackable. Some schools allow it -- others (like Clemson) do not.

    Good luck.
     
  8. mh_richardson

    mh_richardson New Member

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    The recruiting officer at Clemson told me that the federal AROTC scholarship is stackable with Clemson's academic scholarships, however, the Clemson Corp endowment scholarship is not.
     
  9. txpotato

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    I am sorry; I misspoke. Merit money at Clemson (as it was explained to us by the scholarship office) can only be applied to tuition. Thankfully, ROTC can be applied to room and board, so in that sense they are "stackable."

    I was drawing the contrast between Clemson, and say, Alabama which allows merit money to be applied towards anything if an outside source is paying tuition.
     
  10. dunninla

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    Each college determines how their internal scholarships would interact with ROTC scholarships. Some schools will allow the student to apply an academic scholarship to room and board instead of tuition/fees, and others won't. To those that will, a school scholarship could pay for Room/Board, while ROTC picks up Tuition/Fees.
     
  11. MedB

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    xcrunner,

    First.... Not to alarm you, but please take note of the advice here and do NOT hesitate on getting applications in immediately. You are late to the party, but there is still time if you hurry.

    That being said, there are certainly colleges that offer financial aid and scholarships that compliment an ROTC scholarship. Just two examples are Norwich University and TAMU.

    Norwich University offers a fair amount of merit money. In addition, in keeping with their role as the birthplace of ROTC, they offer anyone who brings a ROTC scholarship free room and board through an add-on local scholarship (automatic as long as grades/conduct is maintained).

    TAMU has a wide variety of scholarships available (more than most), including several dedicated to just ROTC cadets. Most of these scholarships "stack" with ROTC money and can be used for remaining expenses if I recall correctly.

    So... what you are asking about is certainly possible. But this needs to be your full-time "job" for the next several weeks or more. And you need to get started right away.

    Good luck!
     
  12. runslikeajohndeere

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    1. You should also speak with a financial aid officer and/or attend a seminar. Your finances might be tight or non-existent, but universities and colleges may be able to help if you contact them as soon as possible (assuming you know where you want to go for Army ROTC). Early birds do better after our experience last year. PM me if you need support! (FYI-You can't PM until you have a certain amount of posts.)

    There are also scholarships availabe once you're on campus.

    2. Get physically fit, especially upper body as PT can be rigorous, especially if you exercise with Ranger Challenge team.
     

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