Do I have a chance at an NROTC Scholarship

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  1. gwilliams15

    gwilliams15 New Member

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    HI, I'm currently a Junior and High school and am very interested in an NROTC scholarship however I am worried that I might not receive one. All the men on both sides of my family have served in the Navy dating back to WWII so it is something I would like to do very much. I also plan to pursue a tier one engineering degree. If any of you could comment on my chances and/or what I can do to improve my chances.

    GPA: 3.85 unweighted
    ACT: 30 (math-32 English-31 Reading-32 Science-27)
    Schedule: Full IB curriculum
    Sports: I have played high school varsity tennis since 8th grade and have run varsity Cross Country since 9th
    Leadership: Junior Class vice president and future Student Body Vice President. Tennis Team Captain 10th and 11th grade. I'm active in my church youth group as a leader.
    Employment: I give tennis lessons to younger kids.
    Other clubs: Beta Club, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Math League. I have done Youth in Government and Model UN for the past few years and have one several awards.
     
  2. unkown1961

    unkown1961 Member

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    You have set yourself up welt apply, so apply! Consider applying to AF and Army to ensure a better chance at options to consider.
     
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    FastFood44 Member

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    You have great stats!! Keep up the leadership work and spend the summer working on your physical test. Also, keep the courseload hard during senior year; they want to see people who aren't slacking off by taking easy classes senior year
     
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    Work on getting that ACT score up a bit, focusing on the Math and English sections. While you are well above the minimums, in reality the competition is tough for these scholarships and a higher score will help you be more competitive. Prepare and practice for your interview, doing mock interviews with experienced interviewers if possible.
     
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    gwilliams15 New Member

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    Thank you all for your advice. I will definitely keep it in mind. I did have another question though. I'm looking for some schools to apply to and so far my favorite has been Auburn, but I would appreciate any suggestions you all have.
     
  6. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    You look well positioned. It is possible you may not receive it though. Many excellent candidates are not selected. Be sure to work on plans B, C, D - Z.
     
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    My suggestion, independent of receiving a scholarship or not, is to find a school where you feel comfortable and believe is an environment where you can be successful. This up to you as an individual. Some students like a large campus, others prefer a smaller campus. Some want to be in a big city, others prefer a smaller city. Some thrive in the structured environment of an SMC, while others want a more typical college experience. Do your research on schools that catch your eye and visit ones that you are most interested in, if at all possible. Being on campus is quite an experience and you can feel it rather than just read about it. Also, try to visit when classes are in session. It is a much different feel than when the students are on break. We visited one campus during spring break when there were virtually no students around (also no guided tours) and one during summer session, when there weren't a lot of students on campus. It was a much different experience than the ones were visited during regular session. For what it's worth, I've heard good things about Auburn and their NROTC program. A friend's son will be a college programmer there starting this fall.
     
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    rocatlin 5-Year Member

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    To echo @kinnem, you are well positioned, but always make contingency plans. A lot of "sure thing" stats don't make it, and there are a few with "lesser stats" that might. The key thing is go into it controlling the things you can control and have backup plans in place. (Sometimes "stat analysis" is like forecasting the weather -- all may look sunny, but you never know when the parade will get rained out at the last minute.)
     
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