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I was very fortunate to receive a four-year ROTC scholarship this spring and I will be attending Baylor University in the Fall. I was talking with one of my buddies about the application process, and now he is interested in applying for a scholarship. He is now a senior in high school and plans on taking a gap year after he graduates. I know that if you apply for a scholarship during the summer before your senior year, you can sometimes have the option of deferring your scholarship for a year and take a gap year, but I told him that I didn't think it was possible if you apply after senior year. Do you know if he can still apply since he is taking a gap year anyway? Thanks for any input.
 

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I think it will come down to the fact that your friend is already a senior in high school, he has missed the window to apply for the National Scholarship that would start this fall. The scholarship application that is opening up now is for the following year, I'm not sure that he would be able to apply for that scholarship since he will graduate high school this year.

Of course talking directly to a ROO at a ROTC Battalion would be the best idea now. He may find that he will only be able to work towards getting a Battalion scholarship once he starts school and ROTC. Talk to the ROO, they will give him the best advice.
 

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He should be able to apply, but he needs to do something useful with his gap year. By useful I mean that there is some purpose being served. If he visits all 50 states that might be OK. Volunteering in some form could be good. Can you do the Peace Corps for a year (I don't know... for that matter is there still a Peace Corps)? Getting a job where he has a potential opportunity to demonstrate leadership while saving money for college could be good.

Hanging out and playing on Xbox won't cut it. Neither will just going to the movies every day, listening to music, or learning about craft beers and the various hops that are used.
 
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He should be able to apply, but he needs to do something useful with his gap year. By useful I mean that there is some purpose being served. If he visits all 50 states that might be OK. Volunteering in some form could be good. Can you do the Peace Corps for a year (I don't know... for that matter is there still a Peace Corps)? Getting a job where he has a potential opportunity to demonstrate leadership while saving money for college could be good.

Hanging out and playing on Xbox won't cut it. Neither will just going to the movies every day, listening to music, or learning about craft beers and the various hops that are used.
I think it will come down to the fact that your friend is already a senior in high school, he has missed the window to apply for the National Scholarship that would start this fall. The scholarship application that is opening up now is for the following year, I'm not sure that he would be able to apply for that scholarship since he will graduate high school this year.

Of course talking directly to a ROO at a ROTC Battalion would be the best idea now. He may find that he will only be able to work towards getting a Battalion scholarship once he starts school and ROTC. Talk to the ROO, they will give him the best advice.


Thank you both for your input. I will pass that message along.
 

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He should be able to apply, but he needs to do something useful with his gap year. By useful I mean that there is some purpose being served. If he visits all 50 states that might be OK. Volunteering in some form could be good. Can you do the Peace Corps for a year (I don't know... for that matter is there still a Peace Corps)? Getting a job where he has a potential opportunity to demonstrate leadership while saving money for college could be good.

Hanging out and playing on Xbox won't cut it. Neither will just going to the movies every day, listening to music, or learning about craft beers and the various hops that are used.
Being a brewmaster is an honorable and ancient profession
 

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As my Cicerone certified son would say, yes brewing certainly is an honorable and ancient tradition. However, I doubt it would impress the scholarship boards. Your future platoon on the other hand will be very impressed and try to get you to employ your skills on their behalf.

I know I've mentioned on other threads that my DS made a still and at least one batch of 'shine that I know of. Got him to give it up for brewing. Nevertheless I always told him he could be stranded on a desert island with his Marines, make a still, and be a big hit. All he would have to do is sit there and say "Bring more coconuts." :D
 
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