AROTC 4YR Scholarship Transfer Question

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  1. TiberiusJunior

    TiberiusJunior Member

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    I've been going back and forth between American University and the University of Pittsburgh as to where to request a scholarship transfer. Initially I accepted my scholarship at Cornell, but I was rejected and only found out on the 31st of March, so I obviously have to transfer. I would really like the next two weeks to think about where I want to go (considering I've only had two weeks to honestly consider my options), but the deadline to submit a transfer request is the 15th.

    Is it possible to request a transfer after the 15th in the event that I change my mind about where I want to go, or is there only one scholarship transfer allowed?
     
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    Since a transfer of scholarship is not a guarantee even when applied for on time, I would plan on submitting your request by the due date.
     
  3. Dckc88

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    I don't think deadlines are flexible, especially without clarifying first. I would ask the ROO at one of the schools of interest if you think there is a different answer. Good luck.
     
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    The military doesn't give flexibility on deadlines. Try to make your decision and submit by the due date
     
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    Thinking about your post, the school is of course the most important, however the ROTC exeperiences ar each of these schools will be different. There will be great things about both and there is no wrong or right choice, but at PITT you will be at the host school for the battalion, at AU you will not have ROTC on campus but at Georgetown University. Those are very different experences. Like I said, no wrong answer. For my daughter she had to choose between both options and is very happy with choosing a school that is the host. However, it is possible she would of liked the other option just as much. Good luck.
     
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    Roxymom 5-Year Member

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    Three Rivers Battalion !! Love Pitt! My DS loves it - MS IV commissioning May 13. Lots of opportunity, support from his cadre. Highly recommend! He actually transferred his scholarship to TRB 4 yrs ago.
     
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    Does Cornell Admissions know that you are carrying a full scholarship? Have you consulted with the ROTC Unit?

    Part of an admissions department's calculus is the likelihood of you actually enrolling. I often give the example of #2DS's best pal in HS, a generic very bright kid--no hooks. He was rejected by U Mich, but accepted at Columbia, from which he will graduate next month. According to a good friend who is in the admissions racket, U Mich rejected him because they did not believe he would actually attend. In this kid's case, my friend said there was better than a 50/50 chance they would reverse their decision if he could convince them he would actually show up in September.

    Not trying to build up hopes, but if Cornell is your absolute #1, call and tell them and that you have tuition in hand. Your effort will be evidence of your seriousness.

    Whatever the outcome, there is a 95% chance you be happy wherever you end up.

    Best of luck!
     
  9. TiberiusJunior

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    In most cases you would be right. I asked about AU ROTC in an email to Georgetown ROTC and they informed that AUs program is 45 cadets strong. In addition to that, classes are hosted on AUs campus for AU cadets. I understand that in most circumstances satellite schools are programs with lesser quality, but AU is a notable exception, which is why I am considering it.
     
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    I did my PMS interview at Cornell. He seemed to honestly wish that I would get accepted, but due to Cornell lacking a central admissions office, he told me he had little influence. Not 3 hours after I received me scholarship hr contacted me and told me he notified admissions, obviously to the best of his ability. Nevertheless, I was rejected. There's nothing I can do with Cornell anymore except transfer after a semester, which I consider futile anyway.
     
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    Absolutely, I was not inferring that it was lesser quality, however, just a different experience. For example, my DD loves to be involved outside of the required activities of ROTC, her comment was that being at the host school, when extra opportunities come up the kids at her school seem to get those opportunities first. She has several friends at the cross town satellite, whom have their own PT and classes, and they say all the time, "wait, I never heard about that..." the satellite is a great school and I am sure that they also are having a great experience but it is different. The school is the most important and you should consider both options, I just wanted to mention that in case those things were important to you!
     
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    I am of the belief that it doesn't take two weeks to make a decision on anything if you have all the facts already. It takes sitting down (ideally with a parent or trusted mentor/advisor/friend, but not required) and making the decision. Make a list of pros and cons for both options, include both factual issues and emotional issues, and then decide. I would hazard a guess that you already have a preference of one, but want to be prudent in considering both options. That's good... but it's time to make the decision. Make it. Embrace it. And move forward confident in your choice.
     
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    +1 @inSANEmom

    If you plan on leading troops in the military, you are going to have to learn to gather facts, get advice, make a decision and move forward....quickly.
     
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    You didn't waste time exhausting your resources. That raises your probability of happiness and success, wherever you end up, to 97.3%.

    Best of Luck!
     
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