What are my chances of getting a full ROTC scholarship?

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  1. Cblue

    Cblue New Member

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    I am a junior in high school, looking to see what my chances of getting a full ROTC scholarship are.
    • I have been the captain of my varsity soccer team since junior year.
    • I am the Captain of my club soccer team.
    • I am the overall secretary in the student government association.
    • I am the president of the avid club.
    • I am the Vice President of a fraternity geared towards athletes.
    • I have a 4.5 weighted and a 3.9 unweighted GPA. I take Ap and all honors classes available.
    • I received an 1110 on my SAT and have not take the the ACT.
    • I got accepted to be apart of a Scotland exchange program over the summer.
    • I serve on a student task force that meets with the superintendent about student problems and awareness.
    • I created my own private soccer training business for local players.
    What are my chances of getting in? How can I better them?
     
  2. WXH1

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    If you are looking for Army, first know that the 3 and 4 year national scholarships pay full tuition plus books and a monthly stipend. It does not include room and board but some schools ( especially private ones) will throw that in also to scholarship winners. Your resume looks good overall. The weakest thing would be your SAT. Try to get that up to 1300+ range or 28+ on ACT. Army does super score! Your leadership and athletics look strong. Good luck
     
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  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Agree that a vast improvement in the SAT is needed. Creating your own business might set you apart. I don't see any community service but perhaps you neglected to mention that. All that being said, no one here can really comment on your chances. We will not see your teacher recommendations. We will not see your essays. We will not know how you do in an interview. All you can do is give it your best and apply.
     
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  4. migs

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    Everything you have here is similar to my son, except your test scores. My son was a 31 on AcT and received a 3 year scholarship, which was increased to 3.5 while in college based on performance in his ROTC program. So simple answer is, raise those test scores
     
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  5. migs

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    But like Kinnem says above, no one can really tell what your chances are. Apply. Put all you can into it and good things will happen
     
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    cc.cg Applicant for the USCGA Class of 2023

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    Are you a junior or a senior?
     
  7. Devil Doc

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    "I am a junior in high school," -Cblue
     
  8. rjb18

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    Its about how you are overall. I was an average student in hs but did a lot of extra curricular things. I did pretty well on the PT test (50 pshups and 53 situps with a 6:09 mile). Id try and get a higher score on the SAT if I were you because it is a big part of your score on the application. But you could also get a 1600 and still be denied a scholarship because you cant do a pushup or show no desire to serve in your essay, and fail your interview. I was awarded a 3-year scholarship this year. Once your application opens you will see what needs to be done so make sure you crush every part of it. I remember being in your spot last year and looking for this kind of info... hope it helps.
     
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  9. USMA 1994

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    You need to improve your test scores. You will be competing against individuals that similar soft skills but the academic portion is weighted the most.
     
  10. 23Lt

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    Aren’t teacher recommendations only for SA applications?
     
  11. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    @23Lt No. English and Math teacher recommendations are required for at least NROTC. I can't speak to the other services but I assume it's the same. You can also, for NROTC, submit a third recommendation (I think it's optional) that normally comes from a coach but can come from elsewhere (I believe). Of course it's possible something changed in the past 7 years but I doubt it. Every officer needs to be able to reason and write well. There's those pesky orders they need to write, you know?
     
  12. thibaud

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    Something doesn't make sense here. Your near-perfect, 99th percentile GPA in AP and honors courses doesn't mesh with the SAT score at the 55th percentile - actually, more like 20th-30th percentile, for competitive college-bound students.

    Either your school has serious grade inflation, or something went wrong on the day you took the SAT, or you made a typo above. But this picture doesn't look right. Thoughts?
     
  13. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    While your SAT may be lower then other applicants, it is above the threshold for getting the maximum points on the academic portion of the interview sheet, anything over 1100 SAT or a 24 ACT will give you the max points for that section. These scores are still counted in your overall academic section of the application and getting them up a bit will certainly not hurt. As someone else stated, AROTC superscores your test scores. You should also take the ACT as well.

    Another person also mentioned that it is the Whole Person Score, Academics/Leadership/Athletics that is important, having a balanced application will help a lot.

    My younger son took the ACT 3 times to get a superscore of 24, he had a very strong application in all the other areas and a good GPA, he received an AROTC 4 year scholarship on the first board to four schools. Guess he just had a rough time with the test, didn't hurt him much, graduated college with a 3.7 and completed flight school. Test scores are just one part of the application, that being said it's still a good idea to try and bring your scores up as much as you can.
     
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    My younger son took the ACT 3 times to get a superscore of 24, he had a very strong application in all the other areas and a good GPA, he received an AROTC 4 year scholarship on the first board to four schools. Guess he just had a rough time with the test, didn't hurt him much, graduated college with a 3.7 and completed flight school. Test scores are just one part of the application, that being said it's still a good idea to try and bring your scores up as much as you can.[/QUOTE]

    Going off of this. Do you mind telling me some stuff that is on his resume?
     
  15. U Idaho Army ROTC

    U Idaho Army ROTC Member

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    You will be highly competitive for a national Army ROTC scholarship assuming you do well in your PMS interview. Bottom line: finish the application process and hope for the best. As mentioned above, your SAT score is fine but will be among the low end of those selected. If you are not selected DO NOT GIVE UP ON GETTING AN AROTC SCHOLARSHIP. Again, assuming a strong interview, you will be extremely competitive for a campus-based three year scholarship that PMS's get to use for inbound freshman who still want to do AROTC, and these 3 year campus-based scholarships provide the exact same benefits as a 3 year national board scholarship, including the opportunity to be awarded an extra semester if you out-perform the other 3 year winners in your freshman class. The only real difference is that if you win a national scholarship the Army will tell you it is good at a few colleges that you can choose from, and the campus based ones are awarded by the school that you've chosen to attend. Good luck!
     
  16. shock-n-awe

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    UIdaho, I would like to clarify what some (myself anyhow) reading your quote may misinterpret the school choice options.
    The national scholarship allows you to choose what schools the ARMY offers based on the list of schools the applicant submitted with the AROTC application, like 3/7 choices if I recall.
    Just wanted it to be clear that the ARMY doesn't offer some random schools across the country for the national scholarship winners to choose from.
    Thank you UIdaho and other ROTC people for helping on the forums!
     
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  17. U Idaho Army ROTC

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    Absolutely correct shock-n-awe; the applicants can pick up to seven schools (if I remember correctly), and those selected are generally offered the scholarship to three of those schools (though it is possible to get it transferred to another school). Monetarily, a 3 year national scholarship is the same as a 3 year campus based, the only difference being the campus-based scholarships are only good at the school offering the scholarship.

    My advice to all high school students interested in an AROTC scholarship: apply for the national scholarship regardless of how strong you feel your chances are. COMPLETE the packet to include the PMS interview. This gives you a chance at the best result: a 4 year national scholarship that you can use at the schools the Army offers (from your list). Next best option is the 3 year national scholarship as it gives you some choices of schools (perhaps making that high-cost school a lot more realistic even if you and your family have to figure out how to pay for the freshman year). If you aren't selected for a national scholarship at least you are on the radar for ROOs and PMSs that can see the schools you listed in your application. I offered two campus based scholarships yesterday to strong applicants who weren't selected during the national board, but who are headed to University of Idaho this fall. We will be continuing to recruit high school students throughout the summer, and any we identify with exceptionally strong potential for service as Army officers we may also offer scholarships to before they even start school. Others we'll want to see more of during their freshman year, and some of them will be offered scholarships late in first semester or in second semester. Those cadets will get 3 year scholarships that are also monetarily identical to 3 year national scholarship winners.
     
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