USNA $ value?

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  1. FaithfulMom

    FaithfulMom Member

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    Does anyone know a fairly accurate $ amount that the USNA 4 year "scholarship" is worth?

    My son's high school asks for a record of the $ amount of all scholarships awarded to any student - whether the scholarships are accepted or declined. It is my understanding that he should report his appointments to both USNA and USMA for this, but I am having a hard time finding a figure.

    He sent an email to his RD, who said he had no idea and that we could try calling the USNA finance dept, but I am having a hard time getting through.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. sbbond93

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    In a recent letter my MOC estimated it at 425,000
     
  3. PositiveThinking

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    Our school needed the same type info, so I searched through all the USNA stuff we've accumulated over the past 2 years. I found a flyer we brought home from an admissions seminar titled "USNA - Read and Compare", which states "the estimated value of your four-year education is over $350,000.00", so this is the figure we used. This was from a couple of years ago though, so I'd imagine that the number is actually higher now. Hope this helps! :thumb:
    (edited to add: I like ssbond93's number better!:wink:)
     
  4. AF6872

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    Not accurate but most estimates for USNA range from $350K through $400K. Who knows. This amount includes summer training. Shipboard, Subs, Flight, Marine and many others. Forget the value just remember they will pay it back one nickle at a time over the course of their career.:thumb:
     
  5. MIDNDAD

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    AF6872 is correct, this is just an estimate and any figure between $350-400K will never be contested.

    If your high school has an awards night, make sure your BGO is aware of the dates. Most are very happy to attend and make a very nice presentation. These awards ceremonies are more for the parents that the kids. It's a fun parent moment to sit there and listen and applaud the kids that got the $1000-5000 scholarships to blah blah university. Then the BGO comes up and drops the $350K+ figure on the room. The reaction is "priceless". After 12 years of getting your son or daughter through elementary, middle, and high school, enjoy that 30 seconds.
     
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  6. singaporemom

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    I hate to admit it, but I'm looking forward to that moment.....I think that son's NJROTC instructor will announce .... don't know what they do with the total list of scholarship money son was awarded (even though he declined some awards)...it's racking up to quite the total.

    Coffee w/girlfriends to talk about their kids getting into the Ivies....$5.00

    Coffee w/girlfriends to talk again about their kids getting into the Ivies....$5.00

    Cost of that Ivy Education.....$68,000 per year

    Seeing the look on their husbands' faces when they realize that son has been appointed to USNA with a value $350,000.....priceless.
     
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    Daughter liked Yale but it doesn't compare. Friend of mine, a Yale and Yale Law graduate thinks she has it a lot better than he did. More opportunity for undergrads and more diverse education with the BS.
     
  8. blackhawkmom

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    I'm finding the same here. son is first in the county to get a SA appointment EVER and no one knows what to do about it how to handle it or exactly what it is. We had no help from the school or BOE. thought the whole process was going to be a pipe dream. B&G is laughing his hiney off at what reaction there will be when he presents son with scholarship. told me to have video camera ready and to call EMS for the fall out. too funny--- but the more i read and the more advice i am getting in this forum the more i realize just how proud i am of my son grew up way better than i anticipated. congrats to all it's going to be one h of a ride. Kinda satisfying to know when other parents are going on and on about their child's awarded monies to have this in the back of your mind. Especially when most were politically received in this small town and there were way more deserving students overlooked. Knowing my child did basically all this on his own is so rewarding.
     
  9. singaporemom

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    Lots of high schools like to add up the dollar value of scholarships their graduating class has raked in. Ours was fun last year.....ALO presented my son his USNA appt (a BGO furnished the standard write up) then presented two of son's friends with their AFA appointments AND a young lady with Air Force Prep. The school officials were strutting around saying "More than $2 million in scholarships.....we laughed as almost all of that was to 4 kids going to SA's! 323 in graduating class. And, talk about a tear jerker, son got a standing ovation, then AFA kids did too. Very poignant moment!

    Parents, moms especially, be prepared. I am not particularly the teary type, but last spring, leading up to I-Day, I found my self crying at such occasions more than once! Held it together at I-Day, but was really sad after PPW. Plebe, by the way, very very happy. I imagine I'd be a wreck if he was unhappy.

    On a side note, we did meet some parents who's kiddo woke up I-Day morning and had to, in their words, "talk him into going into Alumni Hall." Now, that would be incredibly hard.
     
  11. larry2013

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    Just to add - my son's high school wanted the value of his NROTC scholarship last year - evidentally our school too does add up awards -
    There was a student that received a air force ROTC scholarshp - that presenter handed nice framed certificate then it was the Navy's turned - he came up from recuiting center that had processed my son's application - had a huge blow up - like lottery winner- check made out to him for $270,000.00 - it was priceless- my son didnt expect the presentation, while we live a ever more liberal community - he too got a standing ovation, still have parents stop me around town to say how terrific it was and so impressive! I was mostly relieved that my son wasnt mad- he does not like to draw that kind of attention to himself - his grandfather was able to be present -and as the mom I was proud.
    The awardee does earn every dime, one day at a time, 24/7!
    congrats to all and enjoy
    larrys mom
     
  12. singaporemom

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    Larry-what a great way to show the value of the scholarship!

    I hope I can remain proud of my son and less focused on what others think, when they announce my son's appointment and value of his scholarships, but I don't think I'm that good of a person!:redface:

    Son has been awarded over 1.2 million dollars in scholarships and it feels really good!!!!:biggrin:
     
  13. USNA

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    Shhh! It's worth around 400K, but far more than money. Most don't understand that. However, let me warn you: It might make the Garden Club Scholarship look like chump change.
     
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  14. blackhawkmom

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    Congratulations singaporemom-very impressive! USNA too funny---as i said before DS school is freaking out -received a email from the non to efficient senior adviser asking if i had someone i would like to announce DS appointment since she was sure no one representing the academy would be there. Copied his B&G on it. It's times like this you just want to sit back and wait for the explosion. I have a feeling DS awards ceremony is going to be very interesting. Oh and I think our congresswoman may be coming-bet they didn't see that one coming. I almost feel embarrassed to want to gloat but my God he worked his butt off for this with no help from that adviser and she deserves to be embarrassed. She even tried to refuse to submit his activities confirmation until I got the principal involved. Sorry just a little irritated at the lack of commitment by the adviser to ALL the students at DS school.
     
  15. singaporemom

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    Blackhawkmom- you have every right to be oh so PROUD of your son. Only you know what he, and you, have been through to get him to USNA! We all feel that commitment our kids have. Who else drove them around before they had their license? I've worried about deadlines and doctor's records. I've ran to walmart at midnight to get another ink cartridge, I've said goodbye way too many times as my son headed off to distant lands and dangerous adventures. I've nursed him back to health after broken bones. And I've cried as I realized his dreams might come crashing down all because of a late hit in football. But the joys are worth all of that! The look of accomplishment as he got his Eagle. The smile on his face when he stepped off the plane after 6 weeks in China. The excitement in his voice when he told me he flew a plane. The victory as he upped his pushup count. The way he signed the thank you card to his congressman.

    We get that one little moment in front of our peers, so enjoy it. Because in a couple of months we will experience something that they won't. Saying goodbye to our child at the gates of the Naval Academy.
     
  16. mattlukemom

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    It's so encouraging to read all of the above. My son will be starting this summer. It was very surreal at first. For those of you who have midshipmen and those of you who will have plebes there this summer, it is truely an elite group and I can see now why so many people consider other Academy families like their own family. It still amazes me how little the regular world knows about the military academies. After my son's appointment, there were lots of "Oh great job by M, my son's going to college too" - people just don't get what it takes to get in and how much my son has wanted it and worked for it! I'm so proud of him! And it's hard sometimes when my peers don't get it. Oh by the way, our B&G will be presenting my son his Appointment at Senior Award's night in a few weeks, I want him to get the recognition from his peers (who I feel once again don't get how much it really means, and not just $$ wise).
     
  17. MomoftheMagik

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    It is nice to hear that others are having similar experiences, though at the same time I'm sorry to hear it. We have been SA focused since our kids were young and have a hard time imagining that there are those who have never even heard of an academy. The most common replies we've heard are, "My son is in the (fill in branch of military), too." One person even thought he was going to the local police academy and replied, "Been there, done that." I thought that was particularly rude especially given that I doubt she had ever even been to the police academy.

    The most hurtful to DS has been the friends he's met down here. (We've only been in this state for 10 months and are only here temporarily.) They are more excited for those going to one of the two rival state universities. He also doesn't like to draw attention to himself, but he actually asked to have the scholarship amount announced when they do the senior recognition at our church because he wants people to understand how hard he has worked and what an honor he has acheived. I keep telling him that soon he will be around all kinds of people who understand and appreciate what he's been through (and what he's about to go through as well :eek:)
     
  18. USNA

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    Most of those in our town, including teachers and students, don't really understand the process of receiving a service academy appointment. Almost all of the students thought my son was joining the Navy. The fact is, he WAS joining the Navy! He just took the slow route to the fleet.

    Feel free to educate those who are in the dark.
     
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  19. singaporemom

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    So, this Monday was Senior Honors night and it was quite amazing. For two hours we watched every class subject give out an honor award. These kids were so extremely happy with their accomplishments. All of the students were excited for each other. They hooped and hollared for everything from Latin Honors to Drama to Debate. The teachers each had very nice things to say about each student, their accomplishments and their goals. I was so proud of our high school and student body. When the Blue and Gold Officer came out and called my son and the other appointee from the school, the place went dead silent. Both boys stood on stage, short hair, back straight, eyes forward. The B&G explained the process of applying, what they were giving up and what they were committing to. You could hear the air suck out of the room when he announced that the value was $375,000. When he was finished, the crowd jumped to a standing ovation, kids and parents. The boys looked so proud. I was overcome by the outpouring of affection for the boys. Fantastic night!
     
  20. MomoftheMagik

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    Singaporemom, thank you for sharing your experience. I'm sure you are still on cloud nine, as you should be!

    Our experience was lovely. Given that we homeschool, the only public recognition for DS was at our church's graduate appreciation. Thirteen graduates were honored, including a future doctor, a future nurse, a future teacher, and a future Navy pilot :biggrin: What a great bunch of young people. We too experienced the hush when our son's plans were announced, then a standing ovation from several veterans. When the scholarship amount was announced, there was a collective "ooooh", but our older son noted that it was announced simultaneously with the picture of our plebe-to-be skydiving, so the younger set may have been responding to that :wink: After the service many parents came to me and asked what we did to raise "a kid like N". The boy who was honored before our son, and who had to stand there while they announced all the other grads, said with a good-natured sigh, "Why did I have to go before him and stand there while they read his accomplishments? Too bad N won't be around. He could tutor me next year in the classes he took this year!" (The young man is starting out at the college where DS took his dual-credit classes.) Everyone was very encouraging and congratulatory. The only person who was a bit uncomfortable was DS. He isn't fond of standing in front of people and being praised. (I told him not to worry, pretty soon it will be the opposite of praise. :rolleyes:)

    I hope everyone is having wonderful graduation experiences and is enjoying the last few weeks with their future Mids!
     

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