NROTC Scholarship?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by nguyenpanda, May 28, 2011.

  1. nguyenpanda

    nguyenpanda 5-Year Member

    May 28, 2011
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    I'm finishing up my sophomore year of high school, and I've realized that this is the path I really want to take - NROTC. What I would like to know is what can I do to improve my chances in such a competitive atmosphere? My GPA is a 3.6 unweighted, but I'm working hard to bring that up... I was a competitive gymnast for 5 years, before I switched over to springboard diving. I applied for 2011-2012 Student Gov at my school, and I volunteer at the hospital, as well. I know it's not much... But I'm trying :) Moving 3 times in the past few years hasn't helped either.
    I'm also a little worried that because my dad is a Naval officer, will more be expected of me? Will it be harder to get in?
    The only reason I won't be applying to USNA is that I plan to study medicine, and from what I gather, there is a very small amount of USNA graduates that are allowed to attend medical school straight away.
    I apologize for such a long post, and any comments at all would be appreciated.
    Thank you!
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    Work hard to bring your GPA up as much as you can next year but also balance that with taking more aggressive AP classes. A lot of weight is placed on your class ranking as well, the GPA will balance out if you have a high ranking.

    Start studying early for your SAT and ACT tests, take them early and often if need be to bring your scores up.

    Continue to try and be in leadership roles, and continue with your athletics.

    Be flexible, look at AROTC as well as NROTC, remember NROTC works on a Tier system regarding majors and scholarships. A Tier 3 is harder to get since they don't give many of them each year, a lot of pre-med majors fall in the Tier 3 category, some in the Tier 2.

    Don't worry about your dad being a naval officer, it won't have much impact. One of my son's fellow cadet's father is a General in the Army, it has neither hurt or helped him in ROTC, they did get a real good tour when they visited his base though.

    Keep up the good work and keep your options open.

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