Transferring ROTC Scholarship

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  1. Jeanmarcos

    Jeanmarcos New Member

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    So I just realized I am a 3 year winner with the Army ROTC scholarship via my portal. However the schools that were listed on my portal I either did not get into or were not one of my top schools. 2 of the three were out of state schools while the other was instate. Is it likely that I can transfer the scholarship?
     
  2. Falcon A

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    kinnem Moderator

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    If you didn't apply to the college you were awarded a scholarship to, you might want to do that as a just in case. Of course if you definitely won't attend there, that's another matter.
     
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Wait until you receive your offer letter. The instructions to request a transfer should be included. You should also contact the battalion you'd like to join. I recommend you submit your request as soon as possible after you receive the offer.
     
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    Mtmanmom New Member

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    We followed clarksonarmy's advice last year and our DS was successful transferring from in state public to private. Good luck!
     
  6. futuresoldier5211

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    How did that work? I am assuming that they don't typically offer private universities right away unless they are requested after the offer because of the price difference. I received a 4-year to Cal Poly SLO and would like to transfer it to RPI. Also, if you request a change, are you committed to accepting the offer? still waiting to hear back from the academies before I accept/deny.
     
  7. Falcon A

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    IMHO, you should work the ROTC scholarship as if it was was your "Plan A" because it might well become your "Plan A" . . .

    . . . if a Service Academy appointment comes through, then congrats, you've won the lotto. . .

    . . . when you report to the SA in June they will cancel your ROTC scholarship
     
  8. Mtmanmom

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    As with all things ROTC, I yield to those with greater knowledge and experience. This is just one DS's experience.

    First, have you received the letter detailing the scholarship offer? Read it very carefully.

    In my DS's case, he was offered a scholarship to an in-state school, where he had been accepted. So he accepted that offer - well within the time frame allowed. This was important because if you don't accept a scholarship then there is nothing to transfer. You can accept a scholarship to a school you where you have not yet been accepted, but make sure you have at least applied. DS was fortunate to be accepted at WP as well. You are able to accept both WP and ROTC scholarship while you decide which to attend. He had already decided against WP by the time this story began.

    DS made contact with the battalion where he accepted the scholarship. In his case, if the transfer didn't happen, this would be his Battalion, so he didn't want to burn any bridges. He explained that while he was very excited by the opportunity, there was another school that was a better fit for a number of reasons, where he had already been admitted but had not received a scholarship. He told them up front he was going to try to transfer. They wished him luck.

    Then he called the battalion where he hoped to transfer the scholarship. DS had interviewed with this battalion and had been in touch with them a few times through the process. He explained what he was hoping to do, and again they wished him luck. Because this all happened with the second board, and before all of the acceptances for either the scholarships already offered, the third board, or the college itself were complete, there were still a number of variables.

    He promptly followed the instructions for requesting a transfer included in the paperwork (and called to insure that the request had in fact been received) and settled in to wait.

    Rough estimate of timeline...second board results came last week in January. His letter arrived and he put in for the transfer by Feb 10 or so. 30 days were up for those offers around first of March, and third board letters went out fairly soon after as far as we knew. Then those people had 30 days to accept, apply for transfers etc. 5 days after the end of the 30 day period for 3rd board, he was notified his transfer had been approved. His status changed on the portal from winner, noting the original college to winner, noting the new college.

    DS did reach out to the desired battalion one more time toward the end of the third board 30 day period. By that point I think the battalion had a clearer picture of how many kids who had accepted scholarships early in the process had actually been accepted to the school, and how many had contacted them to transfer their scholarships somewhere else. At this point, the recruiter was a tad bit encouraging that is was all going to work out, but certainly still non-committal.

    As I mentioned earlier, I reached out to ClarksonArmy for guidance. If you have questions I am happy to try to help, but others will have more definitive answers.
     
  9. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Couldn't have said it better myself. Read the instructions and don't wait if you are sure you want to transfer. Send in a request and your letter of acceptance. Cadet Command will take an email with an attachment, if that is how you want to send it.
     

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