Do I have a chance at Army ROTC Scholarship?

senior2k17

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Hello, so I am in the process of applying for the ROTC scholarship and don't know if I can qualify. Academically speaking I'm top 1% of my class (8/867) with UW GPA of 4.0 and W GPA of 5.13. My SAT score is 1280 combined with maximum amount of AP classes I'm taking last year and this year and a few in freshman and sophomore year. ECs of Environmental Club (treasurer), NHS for 2 years, Mu Alpha Theta, volunteering of 100 hours, Taekwondo for 7 years and getting black belt in April. My only concern is about my physical fitness since I stopped running for a while so my 1 mile is about 11-12 minutes (female) but my pushups and curl ups shouldn't be a problem. Does anyone here know how much physical fitness test is taken into account for the scholarship here?
 

murfthesurf

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IMHO, You have to do better on that Mile Run time, without a doubt.
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AROTC ranks applicants on a 1400 point scale using the following weights:

College Board Scores 250 (for example, your 128o gives you 190 pts out of 250///In 2015 the Avg SAT score for Scholarship Winners was 1260)
Scholar, Athletics and Leadership 200
Interview 200
Selection Board Score 350
Civilian Background Experience Form 250
Physical Fitness Test 150 (Physical Fitness represents about 10.7 % of the Total Ranking score of 1400)

TOTAL: 1400

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et81

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I am currently a AROTC Cadet with a 4 year scholarship. You need to fix that run time. That is just not going to fly, I know cadets in ROTC many that can run two miles in that time. If you need help with a running program I am no expert by any means but I can get that down a few minutes pretty quickly. Private message me if you want my help. Also the numbers up there are correct but it is my understanding that they can have minimums in each category. So even if your other numbers are good if you do not meet the minimum in the physical fitness category you do not qualify over all.
 

EDelahanty

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I have no idea if your time would disqualify you from a scholarship, but it certainly hurts your cause. Since the application deadline is in early January, it's getting late to make much of a dent in it. Your other credentials appear good, so who knows, maybe you could get a 3 year scholarship.

For females age 17-21, the APFT which you would take next year has a maximum passing time of 18:54 for the 2 mile run. You need to pass all three parts of the APFT to activate the scholarship. Anecdotal evidence suggests a large percentage of scholarship winners, maybe even a majority, fail their first APFT on campus. Some never do pass it and lose the scholarship.
 

Dckc88

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It is a whole person score, one thing won't disqualify you. Have you submitted your application yet, you definitely should, you cannot win if you don't apply. If your plan B is to go on campus and compete for a campus based scholarship, your fitness becomes even a bigger focus and also must be passing to get or activate at that time.

Don't be discouraged. A girl at my daughters college showed up and couldn't finish a mile first fitness test, in fact she puked. Last test of the semester she went from doing 1 push-up the first week of classes and not being able to run a mile to getting a 271 on her fitness test and earning a 3 year campus based scholarship. Bottom line, start running and don't stop before classes start next fall.
 

CharityMay

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Hello, so I am in the process of applying for the ROTC scholarship and don't know if I can qualify. Academically speaking I'm top 1% of my class (8/867) with UW GPA of 4.0 and W GPA of 5.13. My SAT score is 1280 combined with maximum amount of AP classes I'm taking last year and this year and a few in freshman and sophomore year. ECs of Environmental Club (treasurer), NHS for 2 years, Mu Alpha Theta, volunteering of 100 hours, Taekwondo for 7 years and getting black belt in April. My only concern is about my physical fitness since I stopped running for a while so my 1 mile is about 11-12 minutes (female) but my pushups and curl ups shouldn't be a problem. Does anyone here know how much physical fitness test is taken into account for the scholarship here?
The female fitness scoring for the scholarship is as follow: 40 pushups, 50 sit-ups, 7:18 mile. These are the maxes for the 1/1/1 test I received directly from cadet command. It's 50 points for each section, for pushups and situps one point is subtracted for each rep below the max (so if you only do 38 pushups you get 48 points for that section). For the run one point is subtracted for every 3 seconds over the max time so if you run an 8:00 mile you will receive 36 points out of 50). I'm in a similar boat as my run time needs work so my strategy is to make SURE I can max pushups and sit-ups while still working on my run time. It's not like the APFT where you have to pass all portions with a certain number to receive credit.
 
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