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  1. Wcyeung123

    Wcyeung123 Member

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    Hello all,
    I am an incoming freshman to VT and will join the Corps along with the NROTC unit. I would like some advice on what happens next.
    I am not on scholarship and I cannot apply because I have more than 30 college credit hours from being dually enrolled in community college while in HS. I received an associates degree which means I have at least 60, I attended a 5 year HS. I'm currently waiting on a respond from the VT NROTC staff. My question is what do I do now?

    How does the three and two year side scholarship process work? Do I continue on and work on a 3.0 gpa and high PT test scores this fall? From what the Corps and other cadets are saying, I won't have that much time for clubs or part-time jobs. Any help is appreciated, thank you.
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    The real issue is whether you will be at the unit for 4 years. If it's less than that, say 3, then it might be possible to double up and catch up on academics. Summer training might be problematic. Your best bet is to work with the unit and yes, you always strive to do your best physically and academically. They are probably correct about clubs and part-time jobs, nevertheless some folks pull it off.
     
  3. Wcyeung123

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    What do you mean if I was to stay in the unit for 4 years? I thought I had to since they offered course and class work different from other schools.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    4 years is the expectation. With the number of credit hours you have it wasn't clear to me if you planned on graduating early. If you're planning on being there 4 years then you should be able to apply for the 4 year high school scholarship this fall, and then the sideload scholarship in the spring. Again, follow the guidance of the cadre. They will best know the situation at VT with respect to your plans.
     
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    My apologies, I am willing to stay the 4 years at the unit to get the full experience. I've heard nothing but great things about the program and wanted to witness it myself. Thank you for your advice, I was just following the criteria for the national 4 year scholarship stating that if I have above 30 college credit hours I am ineligible to apply. But I'll get it straighten out one way or another. The fact that I went to a 5 year HS is probably confusng, but who knows I'll probably the oldest in my VTCC class.
     
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    I was researching throughout this forum and online but cannot find information about summer trainings. What is it exactly? Since I didn't receive a 4 year scholarship would I lose one training rotation? I don't understand the process of how a midshipman will catch up if he/she received a 3 year one.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    You won't catch up on summer training. You would miss the first summer (unless your contracted by then) which is CORTRAMID - one week each with the surface navy, aviation, subs, and Marine Corps. Subsequent training varies according to whether you're Navy option or Marine option. DS was a Marine option who won a scholarship during his sophomore year. CORTRAMID was no big loss.
     
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    I just checked how many courses could transfer I took, a lot of them did making me a status of a junior. If this is true that means I'll have about 2-3 years left to get my degree in engineering. So how ROTC fit into play? Do I still go for a two or three year side load scholarship? I have been contacting my unit but no response yet.
     
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    Sorry for the grammatical errors. I'm babysitting my sick niece. A lot of my courses I took when I was dually enrolled in HS and community college transferred giving me a status of a junior. My question is how would NROTC play into this? I don't know if I'm the only one in this boat. An NROTC officer from the unit I'm joining (VA Tech) said he'll find out and get back with me. I'm just asking on here to see if anyone else has this dilemma?
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    @NavyNOLA would be one of the best resources on the forum for this.
     
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    You are eligible to apply for 2 and 3 year side load scholarships once you have at least 30 college credits. The application is due every May to your unit. NROTC can be completed in as little as 2 years, though 3-4 is preferable. It all depends on your expected graduation date, which you'll need to figure out with your academic advisor and NROTC advisor. Since you didn't earn a 2-year side load or advanced standing, you can't graduate in May 2019. I would work on a degree plan that has between a December 2019 and May 2020 graduation, which will allow you to pick up a 2-year or advanced standing next summer. In the meantime, just focus on completing entrance requirements for NROTC and succeeding in the unit in your first semester.
     
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    I intend to do exactly that. I don't think it'll do me any good to worry now or throughout first semester. I plan to do extremely well in my academics and PRT when ready to do so. Thank you all, my journey to commission seems to get a lot closer thanks to your advice.
     
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    Does anyone know where I can find my age group for the PRT? I can't find it anywhere. Well, I don't know if a website is vetted well enough to trust it.
     
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    Hello again,
    Heading off to my college in about two weeks. I'm a little nervous on what to ask my NROTC instructor about scholarships without it sounding like I want the money. It is true to an extent, I believe in the principle of the scholarship, that it's to make great officers in the Navy.

    What kinds of questions should I be asking?

    I have a list of what I'm going to ask:
    --what do I need to do to earn a side-load scholarship?
    --what is the process for the three or two year side-load scholarship?
    --what is needed of me for the unit?
    --what activities do we participate in?

    This is all I can come up with. Should I ask anything else or tell why I want it? I just want to make a good first impression. Any advice, thanks.
     
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    Hey everyone,

    Just found out that even through I have college credits from dual enrollment in high school I can still reapply for the four year scholarship. The reason why I did not make it the first time was because of my SAT/ACT scores, they were lower than the standard. When I reapplied in April, I had exceeded the standard significantly, then the chief/coordinator told me that because I had over 30 college credits that I would be technically ineligible.

    I was devastated, and I guess my coordinator saw how much I improved and wanted it, but then he told me that he would get back to me about a way around this. And now I'm here, all I have to do is give them my fall transcripts and an officer interview. I'm so ecstatic, I know that my chances are slim and will probably have to go for the three year but just wanted to give a positive post.
     
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