DS is first year at SMC and a college programmer with NROTC-Marine Option (MO). He talked to Marine-Officer Selection Officer (OSO) today after submitting his online application for National Scholarship. Surprise -- OSO told DS that effective this year the USMC is offering no National Scholarships to college program students. According to OSO -- only the 2 and 3 year side-load scholarships are available to NROTC-MO College Program midshipman this year. DS is doing well at his SMC so I think he should be in the hunt for a side load -- although it is well known among this group that NROTC-MO scholarships are rare gems. Hoping DS follows the path of @kinnem son -- his story is inspiring for Marine aspirants.