What would you do?

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  1. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

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    Hello all, I have followed and participated in this forum for a few months. I respect and value the opinions of most everybody I have encountered. DS was awarded 4 yr AROTC scholarship pending medical waiver for minor food allergies. Spoke to CC and was given an indication he should have no worries about getting waiver granted. That being said... I would like to have scholarship presented by an AROTC officer at senior awards night. DS and I talked about it and he is excited to have this done as well. My question is this:
    Since medical waiver is still pending do you feel it would be appropriate to request this presentation?

    Thanks for your opinions.
     
  2. Aglahad

    Aglahad Member

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    Personally, I wouldn't care about the presentation but I understand how proud parents are of their kids. If you guys are set on it though then I wouldn't see it as problem. If the waiver gets denied then no harm no foul because he WAS offered a scholarship.
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Ag is right...When I present at awards night I talk about the value of the scholarship offer, and I think I usually slip a "when fully qualified" disclaimer before I talk about their future as a Cadet and Officer. Awards night is important for us too. It's our opportunity to get the word out and showcase what we have to offer.
     
  4. kinnem

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    I would suggest the following criteria: How would your DS feel if the presentation was made and for some reason the waiver was later denied? If he's still OK with the presentation then proceed with it. Otherwise I would wait until you have definitive word on the waiver, or maybe go ahead and set things up with the caveat that you may not pull the trigger on the presentation. JMPO.
     
  5. robinswan

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    I am personally going through the same situation. I have decided to proceed with a presentation because it offers a learning opportunity to underclassmen. I originally found out about ROTC through last years award assembly and I want to continue helping people in my school discover and learn about the opportunity. If I am denied later, then I still would have done the school a favor. This presentation isn't for me and my ego, it's for my future fellow officers. So there is only gain. :smile:
     
  6. Thompson

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    Really - your school does awards ceremonies in which underclassmen are present? Lucky you!

    Mine is just a senior awards night - typically just seniors & family; not too many underclassmen show up :frown:
     
  7. burnerafter16

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    It's a great opportunity to educate people about the opportunities that ROTC or Service Academies offer besides the stereotypical enlistment route that most think of when they hear someone is signing up to serve their country.
     
  8. mkjw

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    At our school there tends to be a number of sibings that are also present. You may not have the whole student body there - but chances are you have an interested audience of parents with multiple children looking at what to do for college within the next few years.
     
  9. dunninla

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    I would do what you have done --- ask on here, then decide yourself what to do based on the feedback. Good job. :thumb:
     
  10. jiller59

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    Same here plus younger students who have received awards during the year receive recognition at our Awards ceremony. We started attending high school award ceremonies when DS was a freshman. Attendance at the ceremony opened his eyes to all the possibilities out there for him :thumb:
     
  11. Thompson

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    Ah I see - for us, our school doesn't have award ceremonies for underclassmen. Just us seniors :biggrin:
     
  12. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Thompson. Matters not. A lot of those parents have more than one kid. Trust me. So an impact can still be had. :thumb::thumb:
     
  13. Thompson

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    Well, hopefully my presentation will inspire one or two!!
     
  14. MSFaygo

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    I remember one of my classmates getting his scholarship presented to him over 30 years ago. I'd say that memory made it even more special for me when my DS received his. I also was impressed at the crowd reaction - probably the best of the night! I'd encourage anyone to do it. :thumb:
     
  15. jiller59

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    When the principal announced that the senior class as a whole earned almost $2,000,000 in scholarships, DS's friend leaned over and whispered "and you got about 10% of it"! There was a murmur through the crowd during the "big check" presentation and I had several parents ask me for more details after the ceremony. (I was happy to share too, because I knew nothing about ROTC before DS began his journey.) We enjoyed speaking with the presenting officer afterward as well. It was a fun, proud moment, and he continues to make us proud!
     
  16. Thompson

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    No!! ... now I will have to educate my parents about how the scholarship works ...
     
  17. jiller59

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    Ha, ha! :biggrin: I found a lot of my information while lurking on this site and doing my own research. I love to find new OPNAV and NSTC directives online to supplement what DS hears from the battalion.
     
  18. Pima

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    I would do it.

    Our DS received one back in 08, and sitting in the audience, many parents that did not know who the student was (we of course did), sat and listened to the spiel by AFROTC. Hearing about how many applied, how many were offered, what it paid for (besides tuition, but stipend and books). We heard parents talking.

    He than asked the audience to rise, to show appreciation to this child because they will be defending this great nation. He announced our DS's name. They all rose and started clapping.

    The people around us, realized it was our DS, because that was when we turned to each other and kissed. We didn't scream his name. I don't think we even clapped. We were in the moment looking at the SUN! (yes, I meant SUN, not SON). Sat down, and those around us, immediately knew it was our son.

    The AFROTC member gave us a quick hello, and he was gobbled up by parents that wanted to know more for their younger kids.

    This was repeated 2 yrs later at a different HS in a different state, for a different branch (Marine scholarship). The whole audience again got up and gave an ovation to the student.

    Do it. Whether they get medically DQ'd later on, he still earned it. He earned it! This is an awards night. He earned it! Getting the hint? He earned it!
     
  19. sheriff3

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    Thank you all for your input. Pima sealed the deal for us. Regardless of the medical waiver outcome the scholarship was applied for and earned. Now to find a presenter. Have a great weekend.:thumb:
     
  20. cugirl25

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    My son's school contacted the AFROTC about having the scholarship presented. I don't know what the outcome was though.
     

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