While applying for an AFROTC scholarship I knew my chances were slim in actually receiving one. My GPA was significantly lower than the average, as was my best ACT score. But in the end I was offered a type-7 scholarship. So I would like to go over my personal stats and be able to peak into what the board members really look for when judging candidates. I hope this helps future applicants as well GPA Unweighted GPA: 3.1 Weighted GPA: 3.4 This was most likely my weakest point when applying for the scholarship. I have read that the average GPA for those who have been awarded a scholarship is a 3.9 (I believe that's listed somewhere on the AFROTC website). However there's an important thing I didn't mention. My GPA had a rising trend, from freshman all the way to my senior year. Here's how it goes... Freshman year: 2.9 Sophomore Year: 3.1 Junior Year: 3.9 Senior Year( 1st Semester): 3.9 So judging from my offer it makes me think that the board likes to see a rising GPA for your tenure at high school. I was talking with my liaison officer, and she said that the board probably tagged me with a 3.9 GPA, instead of a 3.4, because of the upward progression. Significant Classes Taken IB Theory of Knowledge IB Social Anthropology IB Chemistry II IB History of the Americas (History I) IB Topics (History II) IB Physics I IB Physics II 6 Pre-IB Courses 1 Honors Science Course The curriculum I took probably helped me out quite a bit. I took numerous IB courses, but was not however an IB candidate. I should also note that I had no IB or Pre-IB Math courses, which was definitely frowned at. Another thing, I will graduate high school with a total of six science courses. I doubled up with two IB sciences my junior year, and one IB and an honors science my senior year. SAT/ACT Score ACT: 27 When I first received this score I was actually pretty content with it. But after looking at the averages for AFROTC, I knew that it was actually a negative on my application. Using the stats that were posted on the AFROTC website, the average ACT for type-1 recipients was a 33, type-2 a 31, and type-7 a 29. Using the percentages given I can deduce that the average ACT score for candidates offered a scholarship was roughly, a 29.5. I took the SAT once, but scored much lower than my ACT equivalent and figured it best for me to not send that score in. So even though I live on the east coast where the SAT is more prevalent, I encourge applicants to take both the SAT and the ACT. You may score significantly higher on the other. Physical Fitness Test Pushups: 62 Situps: 55 1.5 Mile Run: 9:12 Finally, a positive for me. These scores are maxed out of the possible number of points you can receive for your fitness test. I went into the assesment knowing the max of all three tests so I would not waste any valuable energy doing more than what was necessary. The max of the 1.5 mile run however is 9:36, but I didn't want to slow down and risk it. Overall I think that the board takes the PFT into account very seriously, because my previous stats were not so spectacular. Interview Process This is most definitely the strongest aspect of my overall application. I really hit it off with my interviewer and still keep in touch today. When you're going into the interview I think it's very important that you know what you want to do in the future, and that you should be very open. For example, I told my interviewer that I wanted to study a non-technical major in college, which is very hard to come by with an AFROTC scholarship. But I told her that that was what I wanted to do and it was what I felt passionate for. This answer in my opinion, is much better than resorting to majoring in a tier-1 simple because it will give you a better shot at recieving an AFROTC scholarship. Simply put, do what you want to do. Overall I had very low expectations for receiving a scholarship because I knew that my chances were not high. I was not even close to some of the averages on things, and was afraid that they would not even see me as competitive in the admission process. Some things I can conclude from my personal experience are... -The board really thinks highly of an upward trend of GPA. Even if you skrewed up a bit freshman and sophomore year. -The board wants to see you taking advanced courses, whether it be IB, AP, honors, or any other higher level course. Challenge yourself. -Don't give up or quit. The only way you'll know if you can get a scholarship is to apply. -Be physically fit and make sure you do well on your PFT test. You can't go back and change your GPA, and it's hard to score significantly higher on an ACT/SAT after a while, so work on your pushups, situps and cardio. I almost see this as easy points for your "overall person" score. -Be yourself. I think I'm weird as heck, and I let though show a bit in my interview. But I did that because that's who I am, and that's who your interviewer wants to judge you on. It doesn't matter how different you are, as long as your ambitious and are honest. Well that's about it for me! I would like to say thank you to everybody who helped me in the application process, and more importantly good luck to you all who are/will be applying in the future. If anyone has any questions to ask me feel free to PM me, I check here periodically.