Switching from NROTC-MO to Naval Nurse scholarship

MC Mom

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My daughter was awarded the Marine options scholarship and started nursing school. Her heart was set on being a Marine, but she thought the nursing program would give her a fallback plan if she decided to just complete her required service. She now really likes the nursing program and would like to switch to a Naval Nurse scholarship if possible. Her COs said they have no idea how to do that. Any thoughts or suggestions?
 

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Not sure if you'll find any of this helpful, but perhaps it's a start as your daughter works through this.

This link (https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/nursing_only_schools.html) shows the schools that you can attend as part of the Navy Nurse program. Is your daughter at one of these schools? If not, understand that a switch in program will also require a school transfer.

This link (https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarships.html) details the 2- and 3-year scholarship process for Navy or Nurse option applicants. If I understand correctly, your daughter is currently in her freshman year. If so, she'd be applying for a 3-year nurse scholarship.

There is no mechanism to directly convert your Marine Option scholarship into a Nurse Option scholarship.

This is what I don't know: Does your daughter have to walk away from her Marine scholarship in order to apply for the Nurse scholarship? Or could she maintain her status as a Marine Option, apply for the nurse program, and then make a decision based on that outcome? Her current NROTC unit should be able to get the answer.
 

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Thank you for your information. She is currently at one of the Navy Nurse schools. Switching to the Nurse scholarship would not lengthen her time for graduation. Her unit says that is a big plus. Other than that, they have so far not given her any information or direction as to how to proceed. I think she is just going to have to keep asking questions.
 

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Thank you for your information. She is currently at one of the Navy Nurse schools. Switching to the Nurse scholarship would not lengthen her time for graduation. Her unit says that is a big plus. Other than that, they have so far not given her any information or direction as to how to proceed. I think she is just going to have to keep asking questions.
Great. Hopefully the unit is asking higher headquarters for guidance.

In the meantime....

https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/contact.html [General Program Questions - might be worth sending an email to that address asking for guidance].
 
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