OK. So I know this might not be the place for this, but I know there are plenty of people on here with expierence in this situation. I went for an interview for my Army ROTC scholarship, and was told that because I am competitive, I could be given a scholarship in Nov/Dec, with 30 days to accept/decline it. Assuming this happens, I have a situation on my hands. First assumption I am making (PLEASE correct me if I am wrong) It is likely I wont hear about an appointment from USMA until well after that Nov/Dec timeframe, even if I waited until the 30th day to respond. Second assumption I am making (PLEASE correct me if I am wrong) It is very likely that I would have not yet been actually admitted to the schools on the choice list that cadet command says I can attend until after the 30 day point. I have been told that being awarded a scholarship would really help my chances, but don't know about college time frames. FACT I know Several civilian full rides I am applying for* will not notify me until April at the earliest on my status with them. FACT I know If I wait until after the 30 day point, the scholarship is no longer tied to me. USMA is my top choice, but I don't want to screw myself over without a backup plan later on by denying the ROTC deal. At the end of the day, I just want to be an officer for Christ sake! My questions now are: Could I accept the scholarship in Nov/Dec and then if I get USMA or one of the civilian scholarships in April let it go, maybe with a letter of intent option? Do ROTC letters of intent even exist? My guess is no, but I might as well be a lost sheep in this situation. That's why I am asking you guys Have any of you had this situation? I really do thank all of you for your help in advance, it could mean the world at Christmas to several of us 2015ers. *I am applying to these because they cover more than ROTC would, and I would still take ROTC classes, and still go Army officer at the end of the day. I see these scholarships as a better way to do it though, because it would obviously cost me less money.