Agreed with Stevenson. AFROTC does not superscore as I stated earlier in this thread, they only do best sitting. Plus, they look at the subsets before they will board a candidate. They can have a composite of 28, but still not be deemed competitive if their E is 24. I.E. 30 M, 30 S, 30 CR, 24 E will give them a 28, but that 24 is going to be the issue.
I also agree with the choosing a major for a scholarship, it can bite you in 2 ways.
1. Just because you do well in Math and Science in HS does not equate to how successful you will be academically as an engineering major in college.
~ If you are fortunate enough to earn the scholarship, it will be tied to your tech degree. If you decide that engineering is not for you and want to switch to a non-tech major you will need HQ AFROTCs approval to keep the scholarship. Chances are they will say you can stay in AFROTC, but not keep the scholarship. Will you be able to afford to attend that college without your scholarship?
2. If that major is what the AF considers critical manning, AND you want to fly, than understand the AF can say that due to their needs for engineering majors they will not let you go rated (fly). It happens quite frequently, but you can't foresee which major it will be 4 yrs out when you are applying as a HS Senior. I know there have been years that for ME and EE majors they took a very limited amount from that pool for UPT.
~~ IOWS if you got that slot it was going to mean a very high score for the UPT board. The subsets for that board will be cgpa, AFOQT/TBAS, PFA, Commanders Ranking, and FT ranking.
Getting the scholarship is the easy part, believe it or not. That is just the 1st of more boards, and more tests. Getting pilot will seem more pressure than the scholarship or SFT. Winging as a pilot will make those strains feel like a cake walk and wishing to back at that level of stress for the scholarship process.
~ Not trying to make light. Just trying to say, with every step the cost/reward will amp up because you are 1 step closer to that dream.
I wish you the best, but to be truthful if you want to be competitive that ACT in June really needs to be 28 on the very lowest end. 25-27 just won't do for AFROTC, even as a tech major.
~ 90-95% of USAFA applicants will apply for the AFROTC scholarship as plan B. USAFA and AFROTC selection boards do not talk. IOWS, they don't know if the candidate is applying to USAFA or not. Nor do they know if they are applying for an NROTC or AROTC.
The point is that this will be your competition, and it is done on a national level.
~ AFROTC could not care less if out of the 900 scholarships awarded all come from CA. That is just how the board worked.
~ AFROTC is not like A/NROTC where they ration out their scholarships to each unit. The scholarship is not tied to the school, just the cadet. Hence, if 1 school has 100% on scholarship and another has 0% so be it.
Finally, this is the time you also really talk to the folks about the financial cost of college. AFROTC scholarships on this site is commonly referred to as a 2+2 scholarship. Unlike A/NROTC scholarships, AFROTC scholarship recipients will meet a selection board for Summer Field Training (SFT) as a sophomore. If not selected they have the right to disenroll you from AFROTC, which in turn means no scholarship for the last 2 years of college. It is masked/blind for that board, they will not and do not know if you are a scholarship recipient. The paperwork may say you only need a 2.5 gpa, but that is a fallacy if you want to commission. Tech majors typically will have on avg a 3.1, and non-tech will have a 3.4.