[QUESTION]ROTC with minimal sports

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  1. armyOfTheUSA

    armyOfTheUSA New Member

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    I (a Junior in HS) just started filling out my AROTC application (I am not set on army, but it appeals to me the most at this point) and I received an email today from one of the colleges I put down on the list. Essentially, it said that unless I max out the SAL portion of the interview, I shouldn't bother applying.

    The reason I don't max it out is because, while I will be participating in club sports this fall (which earns 20 of the 40 points for the "Athletics" category), I do not compete in regional sports or have a letter on a Varsity teams.

    I fare pretty well on the rest of the application: I have a 1520 SAT, a 4.0 GPA, can max (or come very close to maxing) the PFA, and earn full points on the Scholar and Leader portions (once I include clubs/teams from senior year). I am in all honors courses and I exercise daily. Doing the math, this makes up for the 20 points lost due to the lack of a Varsity letter. I do, however, plan on wrestiling (which is only a club sport).

    I was wondering if anyone could give any insight into whether I have a chance at the scholarship and, if not, is there anything I can do to increase my chances of obtaining my scholarship.

    I plan to do ROTC regardless of whether I earn a scholarship,

    Please tell me what you think.
     
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  2. Falcon A

    Falcon A Member

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    I think you do ...
     
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  3. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    You should definitely apply for the scholarship, you have no chance only if you don't apply.

    Make sure you list any club sport that you do. There is a section for additional remarks, list any athletic activities you do such as skiing, hiking, climbing, water skiing and such to show you are active. Don't let someone discourage you, they are not the ones that will make the final decision.
     
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  4. GoodToGo

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    Absolutely apply!
     
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  5. turtlerunnernc

    turtlerunnernc Member

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    Absolutely apply. My son won a 3 year scholarship. He did not have a "sport" but he did compete on his JROTC drill team. They practiced every day after school for a couple of hours, I believe his interviewer counted this towards a sport due to the amount if practice, that he was on a team ( it was a team competition) and that he competed throughout the state.

    You can't win a scholarship that you don't apply for. Good luck.
     
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  6. spice3389

    spice3389 Member

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    Absolutely apply. Be sure to include any clubs and organizations you participated in and the position you held. It's always good to talk to the RO at the schools you are applying. Colleges offer scholarships if not awarded on the national level. Good luck!
     
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  7. ChoirDude

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    My son was awarded his scholarship and he did not have a sport. His school considers NJROTC an athletics credit and he did that for four years.
     
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  8. Dadof2

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    OP - Participation in a varsity sport is certainly helpful and team captain of a varsity sport is even better. The reality is that most of your competition will have this on their resume, but that does not mean you don't have a chance, especially if you can demonstrate physical fitness, teamwork and leadership in other ways. With your club sports, maxing PFA and leadership experience it seems you can demonstrate these things. A few years ago my DD, with no HS varsity sports, won a 4 year NROTC scholarship, which she declined to accept her USNA appointment. So you now have several responses from people whose DD/DS earned a scholarship without varsity sports.

    As others have said - go for it. Your chances are zero if you don't apply.
     
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  9. brob

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    I think your stats and other qualifications can make up for no varsity sport. My DD did a varsity sport and lettered in it, but chose not to participate senior year due to conflict with other activities. She made sure to demonstrate in other ways that her fitness was maintained and also she scored very well on PFT.