Need advice on NROTC Marine Option Scholarship

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  1. JohnLouse

    JohnLouse New Member

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    Male senior currently attending high school in minnesota and I am applying for the NROTC MO scholarship but I am not sure how competitive it is and my chances of being accepted.

    My GPA is around a 3.4 (but in my junior year I had a 4.1 Im not sure if this makes it better)

    My ACT is a 29 (but I did not study)
    -27 english
    -28 math
    -33 reading
    -29 science

    1260 SAT (I did not study for this one either)

    I attended the Marine Military Academy my junior year I got cadet of the month twice and was put I a leadership position but I did not return my senior year due to financial issues I was on drill team and varsity tennis

    I have taken AP english and honors math

    Pull Ups I can do 20+

    Crunches I can do 105+

    3 mile run I can do in around 21 minutes

    I have over 300 hours of volunteer work

    I have had 3 jobs and am currently employed

    how do I look from a competitive standpoint for NROTC MO, Is there anything I can mention in my application or leave out, and anything that I should improve on.

    Thank You
     
  2. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Apply and stop worrying about how competitive it is or your chances of earning a scholarship. Use your essays and interview to highlight why you want to be a Marine Officer and to describe your leadership experience.
     
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  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    +1 to USMCGrunt. All you can do is put your best foot forward even if someone here could tell you that you look good. You never know where the competition is at. Knock the PFT outta the park. Sounds like that's in reach, but make sure your form is correct. If you hear 1,2,3,3,3 then that means your form is bad and you just wasted ergs. Work hard. Nothing better than being a Marine Officer.
     
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  4. rocatlin

    rocatlin 5-Year Member

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    Stats are only somewhat important -- I've known those that get in with better and those that get in with worse. There have been those with better stats not get in.

    Stats get you in the door. How you represent yourself in your essay and interview carry more weight.

    Also, have backup plans in place to deal with items you can't control.
     
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  5. MidCakePa

    MidCakePa Member

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    @JohnLouse, what’s the point of saying “I did not study” for the tests? Is that because you plan to take them again and will study this time, hence you’re alluding to an ability to do better? Because if not, then that phrase comes off as a lame excuse. If you utter that phrase in an interview or essay, you’ll appear as someone who doesn’t take things seriously or isn’t committed or fails to take responsibility for their actions — none of them good.

    One thing that doesn’t come through is your leadership impact. You mention being put into a leadership role, but that’s not the same thing as truly making a difference in an organization or the community. Your volunteer hours, while commendable, don’t necessarily indicate leadership impact either. You may very well have good examples — especially working jobs while in school — but you’ll need to highlight them.

    Finally, change your user name. This is a anonymous forum and you’ll be better for it. Best wishes to you.
     
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    rocatlin 5-Year Member

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