D - like most college applicants - has reach schools and safe schools. In visiting with NROTC units during college tours, it appeared that the reach schools ALWAYS had openings for transfers, whereas the safe schools wound up with wait lists for transfers. So now comes the point at which she is figuring out what schools to list for her scholarship application, and it seems that the better strategy is to pick a safe school as her #1 choice, so that if she gets into a reach school she can always transfer the scholarship. Conversely, if she lists the reach school and gets the scholarship to that school but is not accepted, she may be left "high and dry" by not finding a transfer slot in a safe school to which she has been accepted. Does that make sense? Additionally, would the reach school staff or the scholarship board take offense at this? And further, would it mess up any chance that the reach school would consider her a little more carefully because she was already awarded an NROTC scholarship? Lastly, if she was not the best in the pool, would it be easier for her to get a scholarship in the reach school (to which there are fewer applicants) rather than the safe school for which there are many. Any help would be appreciated.