pinkroyals32

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How competitive are the Marine Corps ROTC scholarships? I currently have a 3.5 gpa a 29 ACT captain of my track and cross country teams have been running for all 4 years of high school. I have a job which I work during the school years of 10-20 hours a week and in the summer 25-35 hours. I have a ton of leadership positions within my school, and I want to major in Mechanical Engineering. Would I be competitive?
 

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There is no magic formula. You are within range. Nail your PFT. Need to shoot for 280 and above. Apply if you want to be a Marine Officer. You don't earn a scholarship, show up in shape and be a College programmer and earn a side load. Don't get a side load, her advanced standing. That doesn't tha open, apply for PLC and last step is OCC.
Lots of options to get there, take them one at a time.
 

frontseat

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As NavyHoops said, there really is no magic formula. Do your best on everything, and try to practice for your interview with the recruiter. On the NROTC website they have a page stating the type of grades they want the applicants to have, and if I remember correctly you are above those standards. However, grades aren't everything. Good luck.
 

pinkroyals32

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Thanks for the input! I'm hoping that I'll be able to participate in the marine corps NROTC program at VMI so hopefully I can keep bringing my act score up and that'll help
 

jcwrsox1

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Your stats sound very similar to mine. I had about a 3.6 gpa, 1800 SAT, lots of leadership / 4 years on cross country/ track, 2 as a captain. I took my PFT October of 2015 and got a 275. I heard back that I got the scholarship November of 2015 and haven't looked back. Don't count yourself out! Make sure you nail the PFT, 280 or higher. Don't slack on grades senior year. Also, make sure when you list your 5 schools, they are in the order which you prefer. Marine Corps generally awards scholarships to the top two schools which you list. If you have any more questions on the application process feel free to contact me.
 

mattjr96

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I would say yes you're very competitive. However from my own experience and observing my classmates who have picked up a MO NROTC Scholarship after me, it seems that getting all of your paperwork in on time is about as much as an edge as any single person can have. I've seen kids with high ACT's and PFT scores get passed over for someone with the minimum ACT score and about the same PFT score. I am one of these perceived outliers with lower test scores than what most think are especially "competitive" and still received a scholarship. Chancing for NROTC scholarships is more or less pointless and even more so for the USMC option. (all from what ive observed and personally experienced)
 

pinkroyals32

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I would say yes you're very competitive. However from my own experience and observing my classmates who have picked up a MO NROTC Scholarship after me, it seems that getting all of your paperwork in on time is about as much as an edge as any single person can have. I've seen kids with high ACT's and PFT scores get passed over for someone with the minimum ACT score and about the same PFT score. I am one of these perceived outliers with lower test scores than what most think are especially "competitive" and still received a scholarship. Chancing for NROTC scholarships is more or less pointless and even more so for the USMC option. (all from what ive observed and personally experienced)

Okay thank you so much for the advice! Do you know if their are multiple review boards just like there are for the army ROTC scholorship?
 

NavyNOLA

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Okay thank you so much for the advice! Do you know if their are multiple review boards just like there are for the army ROTC scholorship?


For the Marine option National scholarship, there are two boards- one in the fall and one in the spring. They typically occur in October and March.
 

mattjr96

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Okay thank you so much for the advice! Do you know if their are multiple review boards just like there are for the army ROTC scholorship?


Yup for MO NROTC scholarships there are 2 boards, one in November and then I believe in March.
 
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