Unallocaed Scholarsip Money

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  1. Luvmycountry

    Luvmycountry Member

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    I thought I recently read on here that there is money available to some schools to be allocated for scholarships that were turned down at the national level. I can' remember what they were called and how do you go about getting one?
     
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    You are thinking of a campus-based scholarship, as opposed to the national scholarship. Not every battalion has the same amount of money in their pot (don't know the specifics of how that allocation is made). But, your DS needs show up Day 1 able to do really well on the APFT, get involved, and get good grades their first semester. That will significantly increase their chance of being awarded a campus-based scholarship (which can be anywhere from a 3, 3.5, or 4 year scholarship).
     
  3. Tgun

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    Unallocated Scholarship $$ funds

    Yes, that is correct. However some battalions award these prior to the start of Fall Semester.

    1) The Battalions get a list of scholarship non-selected candidates from Cadet Command (National Level).

    2) If they have unallocated scholarship funds, they are free to distribute them as they see fit. Certain number of 4-year, and 3-year.

    3) The Battalions can use the "OML" score from Cadet Command to offer these scholarships, or choose to re-inteview candidates to rank-order, or a combination of both, for candidates that listed their particular school on their national level scholarship application and are still interested in a scholarship.

    4) Typically, this occurs with smaller schools... You are not going to see this in high demand, large schools (Big 10, Ivy League, etc.).

    5) I would suggest that your DS or DD reach out to the small school Battalions listed on their scholarship application now to inquire and demonstrate their sincere interest in being part of that particular Battalion.

    This is the scenario that occured with my DS:
    a) Met all 3 boards, not selected for scholarship
    b) Contacted the Battalions at his listed schools, got two that told him they reviwed his application file (OML) and thought he was competitive for a scholarship at their respective Battalions. Interviewed with PMS at one, phone interview with PMS at the other.
    c) Got the call July 3rd last year from both ROOs at these respective schools. Offered a 4-Year AROTC scholarship at both. Had to choose one that day.
    d) Got the contract in the mail about 3 weeks later.
    e) School received Fall Semester funds in November (late due to Sequester issues), DS started receving monthly stipend in November as well.

    So, the moral of the story is this: depending on the Battalion and school it may be possible to still receive a scholarship from unallocated funds (scholarship turnbacks, candidates going to Academy's instead, medical DQ turnbacks, etc.) prior to showing up in the Fall.

    Best of luck!
     
  4. EDelahanty

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    Belated congratulations to your son. A great story of persistence and initiative rewarded. One more story like it and you'll be known as St. Tgun of the SAF.
     
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  5. justamum

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    Your post brings up a question in my mind that has me somewhat puzzled. DS has applied MO NROTC so I have been keeping an eye on the acceptance threads awaiting word from this last board.

    As I read many of the threads here I see many school listed in the south as the schools of choice, and also cautionary tales about not making a list of higher priced private schools. Unfortunately, those are pretty much the profiles of most of the schools up here in New England...thus they make up most my son's list, and he has been accepted EA at several...awaiting RD at others.

    I started to worry again about his list....and then I thought maybe I should re-assure myself because obviously the units as MIT, BU and Cornell need to be filled as well...perhaps its even more likely that if DS missed at the boards this year the option of a side load scholarship (as above) is greater at one of these units/schools? Thoughts?
     
  6. nofodad

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    Side load/ campus scholarship

    The previous posts were in relation to AROTC. As I read your post your DS is MO NROTC? Like a lot of things each branch handles things a bit differently. With AROTC my understanding is that each battalion is allocated a certain amount of $$ to be allocated to 3,3.5,4 year "campus-based scholarships" and the upgrading of national 3 year scholarships to 3.5s and 4s. With NROTC the "sideload" scholarship is a national competition and although I believe the cadre's recommendation is leaned on heavily, I do not believe it is the decision of the individual battalion's leadership as to who gets the scholarship.
     
  7. kinnem

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    Your understanding is correct.
     
  8. Luvmycountry

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    Thank you all for your input. It was very helpful. It goes to show persistence does pay off.
     

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