Chances for AROTC Scholarship

ES99

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I am currently a male high school senior and I have been boarded already. Didn't get it first round (didn't expect to anyways) but hope to get it second or third round. If any recipients could see how I may stand compared to other applicant would be greatly appreciated. Here are my stats:

UW GPA: 3.541
NEW SAT SCORE (post march 2016): 1170 (I'm not the best standardized test taker)

Taken Honors World history 1 and 2 freshman and sophomore year and taking honors government this year.

Athletics:
4-years varsity track and field
Lettered in one or more different running events each year

PFA:
42 pushups
43 situps
7:37 mile

Leadership:
I'm an Eagle Scout
Served as a Boy Scout Senior Patrol Leader for 6 months during junior year
Philmont High Adventure Backpacking trip Crew chief (Philmont is a 12-day backpacking trek in New Mexico and I had to basically make sure my crew got from start to finish unscathed)
Patrol leader for 4 years in troop
Den Chief (its when a scout is assigned to a Cub Scout to mentor them into becoming successful Boy Scouts)

Other:
I'm a regular member of the Order of the Arrow which is a national honor society within Boy Scouts of America

Volunteer Work:
100+ hours of volunteer work
(food drives, highway cleanups, volunteering at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, etc)

I feel like I had a good interview
Wrote pretty solid essays
Submitted a resume to add another way of explaining my leadership, academics, etc.

I plan on majoring in something within Biology or Environmental Sciences

Schools of Intent:
James Madison University
George Mason University
Radford University

I'm also a hispanic first generation college student which hopefully helps if the military is looking for diversity.

That's all I that I have to put on the table.
 

beepybeetle

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I got offered one, but stuck with Navy.
I can't seem to find the form that showed how the scholarship OML points were calcuated, but I recall class ranking and AP/IB are an important part of rankings too. Anyways, I think you may need a higher SAT/ACT (PMS told me average was around a 30 for ACT or like a 1380 post-2016 SAT). Did you retake it?
Academic-wise for me, I had a 3.74 UW GPA (top 5%of class), with 12 AP classes, and honors for all other academic courses. My ACT was a 34 for Army (it was a 33 when I submitted my NROTC application).
I think you're pretty good for ECs. For instance athletics-wise, I only have one year of varsity tennis under my belt, whereas you have 4 consecutive years of varsity track. Eagle scout is a plus, as is your community service and some solid looking leadership experience. The whole minority and first generation in college status will definitely help.
 

ES99

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Thanks for the input! Yeah, I am aware that mt SAT scores are not the >1200 score CC is looking for but i hope 30 points doesn't prevent me from having a chance. The stats that you listed as average for SAT/ACT, was that average for NROTC or AROTC? They seem to look like NROTC stats since that looks like the most competitive of all ROTC scholarships.
 

beepybeetle

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Thanks for the input! Yeah, I am aware that mt SAT scores are not the >1200 score CC is looking for but i hope 30 points doesn't prevent me from having a chance. The stats that you listed as average for SAT/ACT, was that average for NROTC or AROTC? They seem to look like NROTC stats since that looks like the most competitive of all ROTC scholarships.
The average was what the PMS told me ot was for ROTC, although she may have been talking about NROTC, since the number is in the NROTC range
 

Dckc88

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Whole Person Score. Do not get fixated on one thing. It is just a waiting game, and I totally understand, this time last year my daughter was looking for any reassurance she could get. She did not receive a scholarship one second board and it really got her focused on her plan B, choosing which college she would to without a national scholarship, enroll in ROTC and then compete for a campus based. She ended up getting notification early April of a 3 year AD scholarship from the third board, and was able to have a choice of three schools. She is loving her situation now, but the wait was horrendous. I will not comment what your chances are because my opinion is not valuable, no one knows all the unknowns like other applicants, what the board will score you, or how many they are giving this year, for example. What I can say is get your plan B in order and try not to lose too much sleep, the answer will come. FYI, my daughter had a 25 ACT (26 super score) and a 3.57 GPA that CC rounded down to a 3.50. And again, it is a whole person score and you have a lot of strengths. Good luck!
 

CharityMay

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I am currently a male high school senior and I have been boarded already. Didn't get it first round (didn't expect to anyways) but hope to get it second or third round. If any recipients could see how I may stand compared to other applicant would be greatly appreciated. Here are my stats:

UW GPA: 3.541
NEW SAT SCORE (post march 2016): 1170 (I'm not the best standardized test taker)

Taken Honors World history 1 and 2 freshman and sophomore year and taking honors government this year.

Athletics:
4-years varsity track and field
Lettered in one or more different running events each year

PFA:
42 pushups
43 situps
7:37 mile

Leadership:
I'm an Eagle Scout
Served as a Boy Scout Senior Patrol Leader for 6 months during junior year
Philmont High Adventure Backpacking trip Crew chief (Philmont is a 12-day backpacking trek in New Mexico and I had to basically make sure my crew got from start to finish unscathed)
Patrol leader for 4 years in troop
Den Chief (its when a scout is assigned to a Cub Scout to mentor them into becoming successful Boy Scouts)

Other:
I'm a regular member of the Order of the Arrow which is a national honor society within Boy Scouts of America

Volunteer Work:
100+ hours of volunteer work
(food drives, highway cleanups, volunteering at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, etc)

I feel like I had a good interview
Wrote pretty solid essays
Submitted a resume to add another way of explaining my leadership, academics, etc.

I plan on majoring in something within Biology or Environmental Sciences

Schools of Intent:
James Madison University
George Mason University
Radford University

I'm also a hispanic first generation college student which hopefully helps if the military is looking for diversity.

That's all I that I have to put on the table.
I applied for the AROTC scholarship too. I can't really give you your "chances" but you can send a message to Cadet Command to ask them the scoring matrix for males on the fitness test. It's scored and based on the female standards to get max points you can easily gain some extra points to move up on the order of merit list by adding some more pushups and situps. For females it's 40 pushups, 50 situps, and a 7:18 mile for max points on the scholarship PFT. I wouldn't obsess over it though since you're a strong applicant based on your ECs. If it's possible I would even suggest you read over your essays again and edit them if you think of a good way to improve them. Even the slightest boosts on that kind of stuff can help you make up for your test scores. Just remember they're not necessarily looking for geniuses, they prefer someone well rounded than a high scorer with no other accomplishments and activities. Hopefully you get that scholarship though! Just stay dedicated to it.
 

Dckc88

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I applied for the AROTC scholarship too. I can't really give you your "chances" but you can send a message to Cadet Command to ask them the scoring matrix for males on the fitness test. It's scored and based on the female standards to get max points you can easily gain some extra points to move up on the order of merit list by adding some more pushups and situps. For females it's 40 pushups, 50 situps, and a 7:18 mile for max points on the scholarship PFT. I wouldn't obsess over it though since you're a strong applicant based on your ECs. If it's possible I would even suggest you read over your essays again and edit them if you think of a good way to improve them. Even the slightest boosts on that kind of stuff can help you make up for your test scores. Just remember they're not necessarily looking for geniuses, they prefer someone well rounded than a high scorer with no other accomplishments and activities. Hopefully you get that scholarship though! Just stay dedicated to it.
Good info for future applicants yet I am pretty sure since the OP is already boarded you cannot submit new PFT scores or change the essay, those ships have sailed. Very good to know the female max for the scholarship fitness test, I have not seen that before.
 

CharityMay

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Good info for future applicants yet I am pretty sure since the OP is already boarded you cannot submit new PFT scores or change the essay, those ships have sailed. Very good to know the female max for the scholarship fitness test, I have not seen that before.
He probably can't submit new scores, but even if he is not awarded a scholarship in the third board, it is possible to receive a campus based offer from individual detachments. I would call the ROO for each school to ask about it though. All things considered, improving the scores could still prove to be helpful later on. Also, I think the fitness test max scores might be a fairly new addition to the process (I'm thinking no more than three years old).
 

Dckc88

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He probably can't submit new scores, but even if he is not awarded a scholarship in the third board, it is possible to receive a campus based offer from individual detachments. I would call the ROO for each school to ask about it though. All things considered, improving the scores could still prove to be helpful later on. Also, I think the fitness test max scores might be a fairly new addition to the process (I'm thinking no more than three years old).
Yes, I was speaking only for the application. However, after the application is submitted, the 1 minute tests will never be used again, it will switch to the APFT. The biggest mistake an applicant can make after submitting an application is to stop working on their physical fitness. Whether a scholarship is awarded or not awarded, being able to pass and score as high as possible on the fitness test once on campus will be crucial. Whether a applicant is trying to activate a scholarship or earn a scholarship, between now and arriving on campus is the time to be preparing.
 
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