Should I apply for a scholarship as MechE or Aerospace?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by P38Lightning, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. P38Lightning

    P38Lightning Member

    Jul 14, 2017
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    Some of the schools I'm applying to (Purdue, UofM for instance) have a distinct Aerospace Engineering major, while others only have Mechanical Engineering. Assuming I were to receive a scholarship for one major, would I be able to switch to the other and retain it?

    Which of the two would be more advisable to apply as initially?
  2. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

    Nov 1, 2016
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    I can't speak for the scholarship boards, but I can speak from life experience. I started college in 1978 as a chemical engineering major. I now work for an IT company as a clinical expert for the R&D people. Somewhere along the way, the chemical engineering turned into a graduate degree in nursing. Trying to guess at 17 what looks like a good career 40 years from now is more ridiculous in 2017 than it was in 1977.

    In truth, most junior officers don't use the technical parts of their major - they start as low level managers of the military mission, and will need a refresher on state-of-the-profession if and when their chosen branch decides they need an engineer/computer scientist/programmer, given the explosion of change in the age of information. A 2 LT will not be designing aircraft engines for the military (Boeing does that), but he will be handling the administrative details for the Company s/he's assigned to.

    TLDR: If you have a STEM major, the flavor doesn't matter.
  3. ProudDad17

    ProudDad17 Member

    Nov 3, 2016
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    If you are applying for NROTC, both are tier 1 majors, so you should have no problem switching from one to the other.