DS is the only national winner in his MS1 class at AUM he has been told that he will be contracted as a 3.5 if he passes the PT test in Feb They put the first PT test off till Feb to give all the cadets they are looking at to contract. The contracted cadets in his class right now are those using Reserve or Guard programs. As far as school based awards it is determined at the school. when the school has slots from CC they evaluate those cadets that are not contracted based on GPA , activity in unit (going to PT, community service, participation on teams like Color Guard, Ranger Challenge (AUM placed 3rd whoot whoot), PT teams and of course the requirements of passing DOD Medical, any needed waivers (DS has a waiver for his allergy to insect bites/stings because he just needs Benydril if sever) and the APFT being passed. If a school talked about a 3 year at school it is just like a National award you still have to meet those requirements 2.5 GPA, APFT, Medical and PMS positive review. Also on the schools DS won 3 year on 2nd board with top 3 schools One Private HMS, One SMC and One State school that already gave him an in state tuition scholarship and $16k merit scholarship. Remember when making choices looking at cost after cadet is contracted they can not receive PELL grant funding or the PELL additional funding. If you would still depend on that funding for housing or other costs not covered by the ROTC scholarship and/or school and private scholarships grants may want to think about that. That is what made the final choice for DS but he did really like AUM and it was his top pick of 'regular' colleges. He did like UNG but the costs for the first year as well as room and meal plan after contracting made it not fit our budget and I do not want him graduating with tens of thousands of $ in debt. One thing you will hear again and again in these posts is to make sure you and/or your DD/DS are selecting a college/university they will fit into the environment and that if something happened and they are not able to maintain the military scholarship could they/you still afford it in short and long term.