NROTC Scholarship Chances????

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  1. USNA22

    USNA22 New Member

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    I am a little bit concerned with my chances of obtaining an NROTC scholarship and do not know if I should go for a 2-3 year scholarship or a full time scholarship. My GPA is average as it is a 3.4, however my SAT scores are very high as it is scored at a 1320. Will my SAT counterbalance my GPA?
     
  2. Celts313

    Celts313 New Member

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    No. Your best bet is to go NROTC MO. This is because your GPA isn't the greatest and if you want NROTC you would need to do a tier 1 or 2 major which is a technical major (engineering). Nrotc MO doesn't care about your major and you would more than likely get a scholarship.
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Disagree somewhat with Celts.

    First, apply for the scholarship at every opportunity you have, including the full 4 year scholarship. You can't get the scholarship if you don't apply.
    There is a lot more involved with the scholarship application than grades. Overall scholarship, athletics, and leadership are considered in scoring your application. Furthermore, no one here could venture to chance you anyway since we wouldn't see your essays, don't sit on the board, etc etc.

    Celts is correct in the sense that Navy looks to award about 85% of scholarships to Tier 1 and 2 majors, leaving about 15% for tier 3 majors. Also, NROTC MO doesn't care what your major is. All that being said my DS applied for a 4 year Marine Option scholarship with the same stats you have and did not receive one. He did enroll in NROTC anyway and won a scholarship during his sophomore year.... so I would work to up that GPA, and SAT score. I'd also keep working at improving athletics and leadership wherever you are at with those.

    It's a competition. You should always be striving to improve in all aspects.
     
  4. 5Day

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    The average SAT score for NROTC awards is +/- 1400. It is very competitive. Your GPA, class rank and SAT scores all matter, along with leadership, sports and service. You want to be competitive in all aspects. Make sure you explore all your options. If you are set on NROTC, definitely apply. If you don't get a scholarship join as a college programmer and continue to compete for a scholarship. Excel in the NROTC program and do well academically in college, then your GPA and SAT scores will not be a factor.
     
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  5. nmchules

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    My advice is to work on improving your SAT/ACT score, fitness scores and finish up strong in high school. Then reapply. I've always wanted to serve as a Navy Officer for as long as I can remember and built a strong resume. However, in my senior year many decided to pursue scholarships as a chance to go to college at a lower cost and figured serving for 5 years wasn't that bad. I know some have submitted ACT scores of 35 plus and GPA's over 4.0. It's very tough to beat that with all the sports, community service work and leadership roles in the world. Academic strength is key!
     
  6. beepybeetle

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    Your SAT is low. It isn't 'good' for NROTC, as the most competitive applicants have around a 30/31 on their ACT, which is 1400-1450ish for the SAT. I believe NavyNOLA posted a thread specifically highlighting stats from this year's applicant pool so you can dig around to find it.
    Your GPA is also a bit on the low side. What is your class rank? How would you rate your schedule? If the only classes you've ever taken in HS were IB or AP classes, you might have a better shot than if you just had "Finger Painting Honors" or something.
    There are also lots of other factors that come into play, as NROTC has a holistic application process. If you have good involvement with your community, or outstanding athletic performance or something else, those traits can help to round out your application in general. Regardless, you should still apply to all scholarships available to you as you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
     
  7. Wcyeung123

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    Hello,
    Don't be discouraged about your stats. Just go with how you feel. I am in the same boat; I'm reapplying for the four year scholarship as a freshman. People can say that you may not have what others have, at least they did for me. If you feel that your skills are adequate then apply. The worst thing they can do the board can say is "no." To be honest, my SAT score is a bit lower than yours but that isn't discouraging me, I mean I'll improve them as much as I can. If the four years doesn't work, join the ROTC unit and go for the two-three year one, that's what I'll do in the spring if the four year doesn't work.
    The only downfall for that is finding funds for attending the first year. Fortunately for me, my mother saved enough money from when I was a child along with other scholarships. I thank God for her. In the end there is a way, just breathe and believe that you can make it from one student to another.
     
  8. nmchules

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    Why is an emphasis still placed on class rank? I had an issue with this as my school does not rank students no matter who is requesting it. My guidance counselor had me just indicate "school does not rank" on all my applications. I asked him about the reasons why our school does not rank. I learned the reason my school stopped ranking students was because of the highly competitive nature of attending a school ranked nationally. A top 10% in one school may be very different than a 10% standing in another school. This does make sense. Wouldn't ACT/SAT and scores on AP exams provide a better way to compare the educational strength of students. Even an honors class in one school could be very different than an honors class in another.
     
  9. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Many hundreds if not thousands of schools do not rank. In that case the academies/ROTC compute a class rank based on your SAT/ACT scores. For schools that do rank, the academies/ROTC use the school profile to "normalize" the rank in some sense. It's really not an issue. However, I agree that what the school told you doesn't make sense and perhaps the military needs to look at another way to achieve the measurement they are looking for.
     
  10. TexasSoccerMom

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    Do your best and apply. My DS applied and we both honestly didn't think he had a chance and one day the email showed up that he had been awarded a 4 year scholarship. We were both surprised. While his stats were competitive I have seen others post higher stats and much more impressive resumes than his who were turned down. I have no idea what son did to earn this scholarship but he is honored and grateful.

    So apply, do your best on the application, prepare for your interview and always have a back up plan . Good luck!
     
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  11. md403

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    If you dont get a scholarship, remember if your plan B or C has any type on ROTC unit, you can try to get a multi year scholarship once in college or after the 1st semester. At my unit, we had several that got picked up after the first semester and several that awaiting for the side along. If you dont selected for a scholarship, remember, it is not the end as there are other opportunities out here. As long as you know that you put your best foot forward, that is all that matters. At this stage, the best thing is have multiple options available. There are literally other avenues available to you if you dont make it this time. At this stage, perseverance is the name of the game. good luck to you and I hope you get your end goal!

    Last year, around this time, both my brother and I ( twins ) got TWE from USNA. Yes, it sucked as we both had better, scores, GPA, national awards and class rank than others that got in from our local area. To be honest, for us, neither of us has any regrets, we are both studying over the summer for NUPOC questions and more that comes a long with that process. I will say that when we see USNA crew at nationals, Ill be pulling just bit deeper to win-go bulldogs!
     
  12. theroyz71

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    Go for it. My son got the 4 year NROTC scholarship and his ACT was only a 25 which translates to a 1350 SAT score I believe. He does have a 3.91 un-weighted GPA with several Honors, AP, and DE classes as well as 4 years of varsity athletics and was a team captain in football his senior year.
     
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  13. Domer92

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    DS did not receive NROTC 4 year scholarship this year -- similar SAT, 3.85 GPA, AP/Honors classes, President of NHS, 2 time state champion in golf, lots of community service, etc. etc. Give it a shot. You never know. He was awarded an AFROTC 4 year scholarship.
     
  14. MichUSNA2021hopefulparent

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    3.4 is not average for NROTC award winners, and 1320 is not a high score, compared to your competition.
     
  15. MichUSNA2021hopefulparent

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    3.4 and 1320 and more than likely get an NROTC MO scholarship? Not hardly. Look at award winner sats from this year. Try over 1400 and like 3.9-4.0 PLUS tons of athletics and leadership.
     
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    The SA'S and ROTC scholarship boards all look heavily at class rank, as that is one of their best barometers of how you stack up against your peers.
     
  17. TheWiggle

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    Make sure you get a leadership position. ROTC wants to be sure that you have what it takes to be a leader in the military, so by having prior experience, you are proving to them you are ready.
     
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    Hello,
    I am a high school senior who received an NROTC MO scholarship. I had a lower GPA and SAT score than you. Just like everyone else is saying, the selection board looks at everything. There's no harm in applying for the scholarship. I advise that you make sure you include everything in your application, be completely honest, and spend lots of time on your essay responses.
    Best of luck to you.
    P.S. I had a 3.0 GPA, 1220 SAT, 26 ACT, and 93 ASVAB.
     
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  19. lucky8

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    For my school, we rank but have unweighted gpa's. Very annoying. Our valedictorian usuallyends up being an all honors kid, but those top 10% are filled with about 65% kids who took regents classes all four years. The captain I spoke with for my interview asked me about it and I explained it, but for those kids applying just to school it just looks bad.
     
  20. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Not sure I understand this post or what you're getting at. Unweighted GPAs are not a problem with the academies. Schools across the country weight their GPAs differently so a weighted GPA in one place, with the same courses and grades, is not necessarily the same weighted GPA in another. The academies start with your unweighted GPA and weight it their own way so everything is normalized. Of course I have no idea what individual colleges might do.

    I didn't get your comment about 'top 10% filled with about 65% kids who took regents classes'. If you're saying that 65% of the top 10% took regents classes, I can only say, so what?