The waiting is killing us

CrewDad

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Question about waiting (AROTC second board):

Do the awards all come out at once, or do they trickle out over a period of days? In other words, when DS sees others in this forum getting the AROTC scholarship in early Feb but he sees no award appearing in his application page, at what point should he accept that he didn't get the second-board award? Right away?
My DS got his AROTC app done in early Sep. But AROTC held his App for 1 month to wait for others to submit their Apps. Response was that they didn’t have enough Apps in to put my DS App to compete with others in the first board. Kids were still working on their Apps.

Finally the Award took 2 Weeks on Boarded status with no change. Then 1 Week later status changes as Winner. Then showed up with your Primary College AROTC placed the Award to.

If didn’t get it first board the App gets automatically rolled over until your kid wins the scholarship. The process goes on through April I believe.

It is best to turn in early - Sep. If you have other kids then have them work on Apps early this year. My DS applied to NROTC in July and AFROTC at the same time in Sep. Navy and Air Force were the slowest in processing his Apps. They also held his App until early Oct to board stating that they didn’t have enough Apps in. He eventually got boarded and Won all 3 National Scholarships by November 2017. NROTC was T3, the only non STEM full scholarship. We’re grateful! It was a great month for our family. Shortly after, we received a barrage of congratulations emails from many of the schools he applied to between November and December. Oh yah you’ll know when you get your Scholarships. College ROTC Battalions and Detachments will reach out to you. And you’ll get a very handsome Certificate in a nice black case from the AROTC. Looks very sharp!

It is worth the wait! Good luck to your DS and DD.
 

doireann

Member
My son got an email yesterday from Fordham ROTC saying he was interested in ROTC there. He did apply to Fordham, but didn't get accepted. He was wondering why the ROTC there emailed him ; is it a good sign or am I reading too much into it. It was one of the colleges that he put down on his ROCT application.
 

CrewDad

Member
Accept all ROTC Scholarship when given ASAP! AFROTC is the only one you can accept with Admissions from college. It’s ok if you don’t get in to the college that your scholarship is placed. You can transfer to the school you got admitted later even after May 1. But earlier would be better so other kids can take your other ROTC Scholarships.

It is also good to promptly notify Admissions that you received the scholarship. Admissions consider getting ROTC Scholarship as a huge accomplishment, equal to any national award. Even better because they know that you have earned to pay for your tuition. And your intent is to serve our nation.

Also battalions are happy to lobby for you if they like your accomplishments. So reach out to them. If they like what they see many invite to do an overnight to attend classes and train with their unit. Take it! This is like the CVW or a Cadet for a Day. Your kids get to stay in college dorm with a Cadet from the school you’re applying to. Your kids can write to colleges on that experience that demonstrates your interest and commitment to that college. Also good for your kids to know if this Battalion or others are a better fit for your kids. Parents can also tour the school if schedule allows. Usually it is in the middle of the week.

My DS is doing overnight with 3 different battalions and detachments at different colleges. He is doing all three Army Navy Air Force. Consider this like a mini summer seminar at the Academies but at traditional colleges. You should have plenty of time to interact and get to know the culture and strength of each Units in relation to the colleges you are seeking admissions. Should do this from now through April. Good luck with the Scholarships. It is definitely worth the wait. And enjoy your visits!
 
Accept all ROTC Scholarship when given ASAP! AFROTC is the only one you can accept with Admissions from college. It’s ok if you don’t get in to the college that your scholarship is placed. You can transfer to the school you got admitted later even after May 1. But earlier would be better so other kids can take your other ROTC Scholarships.

It is also good to promptly notify Admissions that you received the scholarship. Admissions consider getting ROTC Scholarship as a huge accomplishment, equal to any national award. Even better because they know that you have earned to pay for your tuition. And your intent is to serve our nation.

Also battalions are happy to lobby for you if they like your accomplishments. So reach out to them. If they like what they see many invite to do an overnight to attend classes and train with their unit. Take it! This is like the CVW or a Cadet for a Day. Your kids get to stay in college dorm with a Cadet from the school you’re applying to. Your kids can write to colleges on that experience that demonstrates your interest and commitment to that college. Also good for your kids to know if this Battalion or others are a better fit for your kids. Parents can also tour the school if schedule allows. Usually it is in the middle of the week.

My DS is doing overnight with 3 different battalions and detachments at different colleges. He is doing all three Army Navy Air Force. Consider this like a mini summer seminar at the Academies but at traditional colleges. You should have plenty of time to interact and get to know the culture and strength of each Units in relation to the colleges you are seeking admissions. Should do this from now through April. Good luck with the Scholarships. It is definitely worth the wait. And enjoy your visits!
Completely 100% agree with this advice.
 
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