rotc and citadel

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  1. conorotc

    conorotc New Member

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    Son interested in ROTC at Citadel seems not a large number of ROTC scholarships handed out, any one with experience, he would be out of state
     
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    k2rider 5-Year Member

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    Contact the ROO at the school's ROTC unit and straight ask him how many kids are in ROTC there. Problem solved.
     
  3. jakesam

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    I have heard that ROTC slots are very competitive at citadel
     
  4. AJC

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    This is true of all SMCs in that the self selecting group that chooses that type school is interested in military service.
    Additionally for out of state students at Citadel, VMI, and Norwich the tuition is fairly expensive.
    Many cadets would not be able to attend with out some kind of scholarship.
    Conversely, the commissioning mission(s) for SMCs is much larger than traditionally schools so the number of scholarships awarded is much higher.
    Norwich Class of 2020 had around 90 scholarship winners (all branches) in a class of around 600. I do not know the percentage of the remaining 515 that were "pursuing" a scholarship or a contract but it was not all of them.
     
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    turtlerunnernc Member

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    My son is on ROTC Scholarship at VMI, I do not know the numbers though of how many are on ROTC Scholarship there. His class started with 495, there were quite a few with 3 and 4 year Army scholarships. I know last year several campus based were awarded as well.
     
  6. glen

    glen 5-Year Member

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    conorotc - Best bet is the Army ROTC as it has the largest mission and thus largest number of scholarships available - which typically in the past pay tuition or room and board at your option (usually out of state students choose the tuition which is much more than room and board). Like other services, I have learned many high school students are being awarded 3 year scholarships instead of 4 year. It is possible to do extremely well during the first semester, and I know of Cadets in the past who did not receive national awards, but after their first semester were awarded 3.5 year scholarships - again based on competitive record and need of the Army. There are numerous options for regular Army, Reserves and National Guard as well as the Minute Man scholarships for those willing to enlist and serve in the Reserves or Guard while attending college. There are also now STEM scholarships for those majoring in the desired STEM programs the Army needs, as well as a Nursing option (highly competitive).
    The Citadel's Palmetto BN (Army ROTC) contacts for ROO and Asst. ROO are the recruiting officers for the BN. Write or better yet call them for info - their public contact info is listed on The Citadel website at:
    http://www.citadel.edu/root/rotc-contact.

    For the Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force scholarships are more limited. The Marine Corps has the next largest number. Navy and Air Force primarily are interested in STEM majors, and very limited. I believe also the Navy limits the number of out of state scholarships to one third of awards. Go to the following web address for contacts with these services - good luck:
    http://www.citadel.edu/root/rotc
     
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  7. MissO

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    I am about to start Knob year this weekend. I'm out-of-state as well, and I received a 3-year AROTC scholarship (campus based) from The Citadel. My best advice to you and your son is to 1) apply for the national ROTC scholarship, and 2) have a back up plan. My back up plan was a Reserves scholarship (called the Minuteman scholarship). Thankfully, in the end, I was awarded a 3-year campus based scholarship which will allow me to go Active Duty after school. The main thing is CONTACT THE ROO!! He was extremely helpful to me, and can hopefully help out your son as well.
    Best wishes,
    O
     
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    I am helping my Nephew with his College / Scholarship journey. He has held various leadership positions /awards in JROTC, currently in basic training (and loving it), will be a HS Senior in the fall, will be interviewing for Army ROTC scholarship, and plans on applying for the Minuteman Scholarsip, with the hopes of attending The Ctadel next fall (from Tx). I thought I had covered all bases with the ROTC and Army Minutman Scholarships, but I now see that the The Citadel also has campus based scholarships as well as 3, 3.5 year scholarships?? How does that work?
     
  9. MissO

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    Basically, The Citadel (as well as the other SMCs and other colleges with AROTC) are given "leftover" ROTC scholarship money, from what I understand. I might be wrong, do not quote me on that. But basically, if you are not awarded a national AROTC scholarship but still have good grades/leadership/athletics/etc, sometimes a school will offer you a campus-based scholarship. That is what happened to me at least. You cannot bet on that happening, but you can pursue your backup plans while keeping your fingers crossed for a campus-based scholarship! Stay in touch with the ROO and other ROTC faculty, and don't be afraid to ask questions ( I asked many, many questions :D )
    Best of luck!
     
  10. andreb72

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    Are these "left over" funds a separate pot of money from the other awards/scholarships that the The Citadel awards? I was looking at their awards book (about 66 pages) of merit and need based awards.
     
  11. MissO

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    I believe they are different, yes, because those are ROTC scholarships while the scholarships in the book you mention are from The Citadel Foundation (if I'm correct). Someone please do correct me if I am wrong.
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I am pretty certain that the scholarship aid managed by The Citadel Foundation is completely separate from the AROTC campus based scholarship money which is governed by the AROTC cadre at El Cid.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    +1 to AROTC-dad. Common sense. Think about it. Just like a normal college, the college itself, and sometimes affiliated organizations, offer scholarships which are completely separate and different from the various ROTC programs. At DS's college, the alumni of the various ROTC programs raised money for scholarships that they distributed to cadets and midshipmen each spring. This was independent of ROTC and the college.
     
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    Full Metal Bulldog 5-Year Member

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    ROTC money and other campus based scholarships, mostly from donors, are different pots of money. One managed by the AROTC department and the other by the academic administration of the school. It might be different now than my knob year, but I was able to receive a 4 year campus based scholarship, so don't count that out and definitely inquire about it. Worst they can say is no. And for the most part, the other scholarships aren't a whole lot; $400 here or $500 there. The Citadel is a $200k education, so be mindful of that as great as the school is.
     
  15. glen

    glen 5-Year Member

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    The Citadel offers academic and financial aid grants based on an applicant's academic record and other attributes - just like a typical college - and these are separate from ROTC scholarships. The ROTC scholarships are administered by the individual Military Departments on campus. An applicant who brings an ROTC scholarship to The Citadel is also eligible for academic and financial aid grants - not to exceed the actual cost of attendance. One thing to be especially careful about for Army Scholarships - which I believe still offer awardees a choice between tuition or room and board - make sure you choose the option that offers you the most. For out of state Cadets at The Citadel, this will likely be tuition - which currently is 3X instate tuition. A small percentage of incoming Cadets are offered in-state tuition discounts (a full or partial discount) based on their academic potential. If this is the case, and the applicant is also awarded an ROTC scholarship, then he/she needs to work directly with the Financial Aid Office to make the smartest decision.