My son got a 4 year scholarship to his top schools - it worked out about as well as I could have possibly hoped for. He is applying to ED to his top choice now. (way past the ED deadline, but my son worked it out, even before the board results came out, with the school's admissions office and the PMS of the battalion that should he get the scholarship, he plans to apply ED, so they agreed, well in advance, to a deadline extension). Since I gained so much support got such good advice, I would like to pay back by helping the next generation of scholarship applicants. I have done a lot of research on how best to strategize to maximize the odds of getting a scholarship and getting into the school or how to produce a best possible combination of the scholarship and school admissions results. I have been accused by some folks here as having gamed the system and operating like a helicopter parent. However, I stand by my assertion that there is a tremendous room for strategizing (most of it is really way above the pay grade of a 17 year old), especially if you are gunning for a popular battalion and a school well known for academic rigor and highly competitive academic scene. The big piece of the strategy revolves around the timing of academically competitive schools' early action/early admission schedule (meaning the first AROTC board in October), but still, a good portion of what I learned applies even for the second board. So, if you have a question, post it here: If I have any advice, I will do my best to answer. This is my way of saying "thank you" to all the folks here who patiently answered all the stupid questions I had. One caveat though: my strategy piece was mostly about popular battalions in high demand and competitive very expensive PRIVATE schools (every single one of his school of choice was an expensive private school, and as such, all the 4 year scholarship offers were made to expensive schools). Good luck.