What are my chances of still receiving an AFROTC scholarship?

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  1. seanging903

    seanging903 New Member

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    I have a strong desire to serve, and have applied for all three ROTC scholarships, but Air Force is by far my first choice. I have put my major down as civil engineering, and I have a 3.81 unweighted GPA, 4.2 weighted, with 1380 SAT's and am in the top ten percent of my class. I interviewed well according to my interviewer, and I also scored very well on the PFT with perfect sit-ups, pushups, and 10:34 on my 1.5 mile run. I am also one of the top 6 officers in my AFJROTC corps with over 190 cadets. I was informed by the first board that I did not receive a scholarship, and that my application would meet the 2nd board based on my rank. I was wondering if anybody could weigh in on whether pushing me to the next board is a good or bad thing, and if you think i can still receive a scholarship. Any input would help, thanks
     
  2. seanging903

    seanging903 New Member

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    Can anyone weigh in please?
     
  3. patentesq

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    You have strong credentials.
     
  4. luckymacy

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    No magic 8 ball here. Nobody on here 'knows' and you are going to have to learn to accept stuff like that here. My son recieved a type 1 this year and it sounds to me like you are in the ballpark for something during most years but this may not turn out to be like 'most years'. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I can recall anyone else on this board stating whether or not they recieved an AFROTC scholarship this year though this board is a super small subset of the 'real world'. The Navy ROTC 'success rate' on this board seems pretty low so far too so Services are probably dealing with record number of requests and small or TBD scholarships to hand out.

    You can always call up Maxwell AFB AFROTC contacts and just satisfy yourself they have everything on you AND find out what the latest board dates are and how many more boards there are remaining. They were pretty willing to talk to us.
     
  5. scottntexas

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    You will know soon enough. The board met on Jan 22, according to their letter
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    Sorry you haven't had anyone reply yet. Unfortunatly I can only speak from the Army perspective, there you have great stats but with the Army a lot can depend on your selection of schools. A school like UCLA would be ify, the University of West Florida you would probably be a lock.

    As you probably know already the Air Force ROTC is truly a national scholarship where they take the top applicants and then they pick the school they want to attend unlike the other programs which are school orientated.

    A lot will depend on how your SAT is broken down meaning what was your math and reading scores. A higher math score will be a plus.

    There are some threads that talk a lot about stats for AFROTC. If you can get feed back from PIMA that would be best, she is very knowledgable in all things Air Force.
    Search through some of the past threads, you might find the information your looking for.

    From reading previous posts you seem on the surface to be on average with a lot of other applicants. Remember that you will also be competing with most Air Force Academy applicants who applied for the scholarship as a plan B in case they don't get an appointment.

    The Air Force seems to be the service that has cut back the most regarding scholarships.

    I wish you the best of luck and hopfully PIMA will chime in and give you her thoughts.
     
  7. Blackbird

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    seanging903,

    My DS had exactly the same notice on his application. He called Maxwell and was told that actually his application never got reviewed by the last board. I guess they had more than they could review. As scottntexas said, the Board is meeting this week. In fact, it meets all week. The fact that they are still looking at your app is a good thing.

    At this point all you can do is wait and pray and try to enjoy your senior year. The Board results will get posted in a few weeks on the AFROTC portal. And checking the ROTC portal every hour will only cause you stress . . .
     
  8. Pima

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    Don't read too much into that letter. You have a very strong profile.

    Sometimes they do not offer right off the bat because you can be on the cusp between the type of scholarship they are considering you for, thus, they want to wait to see you go up against more applicants to decide which way you float.

    Think about it like applying ED for college, some make it in right off, and some are deferred to RD. It doesn't mean you don't have a chance, they just want to make sure of their decision.

    For all you know in a few weeks after this board, they could say you have a Type 1. It is a numbers game. There isn't an unlimited pot of money, so they are going to be wise on how they spend it.

    The big hint in that letter was based on how they ranked you they wanted you to meet another board. Now let me make this clear, unless you have updated your file, you will not be re-scored for the WCS. Your WCS will remain the same, they just want to see where that WCS ranks compared to more candidates. Above X and it could be type 1, below and it could be type 2.

    Good luck.

    FWIW, even though AFJROTC helps, it is not the end all be all for candidates that have never done it. At our DS's school, only 2 students got an AFROTC scholarship, neither were JROTC cadets, and neither were majoring in tech fields. Both had credentials sim to yours. The only thing you may be missing are ECs...did you play sports, are you in NHS, volunteer, etc. They don't want just the book smart kid, they want the well rounded candidate.
     
  9. seanging903

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    Yeah I forgot to mention the NHS, student council president, and 2 year swim team captain along with some volunteer stuff through afjrotc. I was just mainly looking to see if anyone could give me insight as to whether this was a "between type 1 2 or 7" or basically meant that i had not been chosen for a scholarship
     
  10. seanging903

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    Thanks for all the help!
     
  11. Pima

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    Athletics, NHS and volunteer on top of the academics. My bet is that the competition is so stiff, you will get a scholarship, it is just about if you get 1,2,or 7.

    Honestly, it is pretty scary that you were deferred to another board. Your stats look good for the AFA.
     
  12. seanging903

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    Thanks for all of your help. I was awarded a type 7 scholarship by the January board, and I will be attending Penn State. Thanks!
     
  13. Dad

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    Congrats!!!!!!! An award well deserved. Good luck and thanks for your desire to serve.:thumb:
     

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