I just received notification that I was awarded the commandants scholarship at a state school, the University of Minnesota Duluth. It covers full tuition and part of room and board, much like the type 2 and type 7 AROTC scholarships do. I read that 20% of AROTC applicants receive type 2 and even more can earn a type 7, I'm assuming. A type 2 or 7 will cover my expenses the same as the commandants scholarship I just received. My question is whether or not I would be better off as one of the top cadets with a strong potential to be the cadet wing leader (commandant scholarship winners are on the fast track) at UMD or if I would be better at the larger, more selective University of Minnesota Twin Cities. UMD has a fairly new engineering program that is well regarded from what I can tell, but the UMTC engineering program is tried and true and more selective. What would best suit me in pursuing the highest quality assignment and opportunities, being the big fish in a small pond or a big fish among other big fish? This is all depending on whether or not I get an appointment to the USAFA.