This is not the first time ROTC has offered scholarships. They manage the process to meet their goal. A scholarship award winner has ultimately accepts his scholarship in Aug/Sept when they show up at orientation. If ROTC is way off their goal they can increase a class size through scholarships to college programmers (or whatever the appropriate term is for Army) and through their officer training program.Are the scholarships that are turned down able to be offered to later applicants?
Probably because Army is looking for the same type of applicant to be an officer whether through ROTC of their SA.Actually, one of the big inefficiencies that is sort of the AROTC joke is that the candidates selected at the first board are likely to get and accept appointments to USMA anyway.