If I Don't Get a HS Scholarship, Is There a Chance at an In-College One?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by warrior15, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. warrior15

    warrior15 Member

    Nov 4, 2013
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    I have been posting like crazy and I really appreciate your responses, but I am extremely worried that I will not get an AFROTC scholarship. I literally have had nightmares about it and can't stop being nervous, because I really want to do ROTC but I don't know how I can afford college without at least a partial scholarship, and my Dad said I might have to work instead of ROTC. I will try to do ROTC regardless, but it would be a lot harder without any money. You can look in my past posts to see my exact information, but pretty much I have good academics (32 ACT), decent (i think) extracurriculars (6 things marked on the sheet, and 3 ones from 12th not mentioned), and bad PFT (54 pushups, 43 crunches, 12:47 mile). I'm also stressing for the interview, because I have no clue what it will be like. So do you think I should be worrying and if I should, what scholarship options are open to me once I am in college? My top school is Miami University in Ohio which is medium sized and I plan to major in Political Science. Thank you
  2. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    For the interview, stop stressing.

    The fact is they know you are 17, most likely they have their own kids around your age. They get you are nervous.

    If you understand that fact, than you will do great. Think about the interview like hanging out with your aunts/uncles at the Thanksgiving table discussing why AFROTC. You know them and would be confident defending your decision. The CoC will be their age, so instead of Col Timbucktoo, it is Uncle Timmy!

    Nobody here can give you an answer as far as chancing goes. However, I will say many ROTC candidates get merit from colleges too, so you might not have to work.

    I would also remind you for AFROTC SFT selection is a must, and if not selected they may dis-enroll you for your last 2 yrs of college. You need to remember that you will be competing nationally for the next 2 yrs to get that sft slot, and 2 yrs after that for your career field assignment.
    ~ IOWs this is a 4 yr marathon.
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    +1 to Pima. It takes hard work but it's possible. I would also say you'll need to improve that run time.

    My son applied for an NROTC scholarship but didn't receive it. He did win a merit scholarship to his first choice out of state college which brought it down to what it would cost to send him to college in-state. FAFSA (which you need to have your parents fill out the application for early next year) gave him some student loan money as well. Mom and Dad had to make up the difference and his savings covered his spending money. He finally won an in-school scholarship his sophomore year with a lot of hard work.

    Now I'm sure this is not your situation. But I have heard of kids doing ROTC while also working part time. Not easy, and not many, but it can be done. Student loans and merit scholarships can also help. I only share the story to give you some indication of what's possible.
  4. SoleTrain

    SoleTrain Must be the Kicks

    Sep 7, 2012
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    We have a cadet in our wing that wasn't selected for a HS scholarship but got a Type-II in college scholarship spring of his freshmen year. I got one Fall of my sophomore year. It's entirely possible.

    What school are you trying to do AFROTC at? Maybe it has a crosstown agreement with a local community college?
  5. Vista123

    Vista123 5-Year Member

    Aug 5, 2011
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    where do you live?

    I know there are three states (Illinois being one) that if you are an instate resident and go to a state school you get a complete tuition waiver if you sign up for ROTC (all branches) even if you don't contract. You may want to look into that as well.

    (though, to be honest your stats are great)

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