The Citadel Scholarship

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  1. JohnPaulJones

    JohnPaulJones Member

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    I have just been accepted to the Citadel for the Class of 2018. I believe I am a well qualified applicant. Does anyone know how the Full Academic Scholarship program works? When can you be notified that you have received the scholarship?
     
  2. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    I'm not the expert on it but it's literally the most awesome scholarship ever. 100% of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is paid for. It's also not hard to get. One of my biggest regrets is waiting until I was denied from USMA/USNA to apply to The Citadel. Apply early. Also, if you want to commission, imagine how much easier it would be to obtain a contract with any branch, especially the more competitive ones, if they knew they would need to provide you with absolutely no scholarship money.

    Good luck.

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  3. JohnPaulJones

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    Why do you say that it is "not hard to get"? Do you have any standards (SAT scores, GPA, etc.)? Also, does anyone have any information as to the time table of this scholarship?

    Thanks again!
     
  4. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    Pretty much a 1200-ish SAT and a 3.7 unweighted gpa will give you a good chance for a scholarship. Pretty low standards for a full ride.

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  5. Brodie07

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    The full academic scholarships are a great deal. In fact, they are better than athletic scholarships. DS went through this process a few years ago. While somethings may have changed, the process should be generally the same. I would suggest that you contact the admissions office and ask your specific questions to someone there. Since the Citadel is a public institution, you may find answers to your questions through an internet search. What I remember from DS's experience is...

    You are selected to compete for a scholarship. There were three separate boards where the prospective student could go to the school to interview and compete for a scholarship. The first board was in late fall, the middle board in December/January and the last was in Feb/March. At the time, I believe there were 25 full-ride scholarships, and many more in lesser amounts. The scholarships are not handed out equally by board. So that means, as a qualified candidate you have a better chance at the first board than the last. That being said, DS and one other student that I know of competed in the last board and received full scholarships.

    Minimum standards are tricky things. It all depends on the entering class. The scholarships are weighted to SC residents, so there numbers may be a little lower than those from out of state. I want to say approx 60% are directed towards SC students, but that may be off. It has been my experience that you have more and more highly qualified students competing for limited scholarships nationwide. I don't expect the Citadel is any different. The two scholarship recipients that I know of had ACT scores over thirty and weighted GPA's in excess of 4.5. I am not saying that those scores were typical, but (like anywhere) there are some very bright student attending the Citadel.

    Again, I would encourage you to contact the school. They can let you know where you stand, and if there is anything you can do to improve your chances of earning a top scholarship.
     
  6. bob80q

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    FMB is pretty clueless if he thinks 3.7/1200ish is a low standard. For the Citadel Scholars Program the minimum is on par for that of a 4 year ROTC scholarship or FSA appointment, 3.6/1250. After an initial screening the finalists come to campus for a weekend and go through interviews, not sure of the timeline but the Financial Aid Office has details.
    Despite what FMB claims no academic scholarship is 'easy to get', there is considerable competition these days and they don't just hand out money like party favors.
     
  7. bruno

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    I would agree with that- to tell someone that this is "easy to get" is bad advice, and setting them up for unreasonable expectations. Having said that- the Citadel scholarship program is a very generous scholarship program and if you have a strong record, definitely should factor into your decisions on what schools to apply to.
     

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