My son is a junior and we are starting the college search. He is planning to study engineering (likely civil). He is in the process of taking SAT/ACTs and we are expecting good results(1400/30+) and he has been in honors/AP/IB path in high school (although very competitive high school - weighted GPA of 3.7 is 56% tile - no weight applied for honors classes). He has had lots of hands on engineering experience in high school (we have a great engineering dept). He has suddenly developed a spark for the SA's and SMC's and possibly ROTC (says it's just another level of scouting!) and we are planning to apply to multiple. This JUST came up (miliary + engineering), so he has not been groomed for this (as some families might have been doing to get their kids into these programs). We have visited North Georgia College (live in Ga) and are visiting the Citadel in June. He is very interested in the Citadel at first glance. I know SA's are very competitive and will go through the process, but we are trying to look into merit scholarships for Citadel (extremely expensive out of state) or possibly ROTC scholarships for Citadel or some other southern schools. My question..... is how hard it is to get a MERIT scholarship to the Citadel or an ROTC scholarship to schools such as Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Alabama? (we would not qualify for financial aid) Anyone have any recent data points on these? He is in marching band (not your father's marching band, our band directors were both in DCI) and Beta Club. As mentioned, Eagle Scout but too busy marching to take on SPL. Forgive me, I am not a lazy forum poster, I just have not seen recent posts (2017 plus) so wanted to get some opinions. Thank you.