What are my chances of receiving an appointment/nomination?

bablus

New Member
I am a male and have just started my senior year of HS.
Unweighted GPA: 3.73
SAT: 1330 (660 reading, 670 math. I understand this is a very mediocre score, so I will be retaking the SAT again in October. Somewhat confident I can score a 1400 or above.)
Member of National Honors Society
Congressional Gold Certificate (for volunteering several months for a local congressman, he is no longer a representative)

No school sports until this year (I regret not doing a school sport, however I have done 5 years of boxing/Taekwondo/Hapkido, and I have a first degree black belt in TKD).

I haven't taken any AP classes, though I took 7 classes a year from 9-11th grade.
I have taken: all the required core classes (biology,chemistry, physics honors, english/history), 4 yrs of foreign language (4th year is Honors), and sociology at a local college in which I earned an A. I may take another science/language class at the same college this year.

My legal guardians are my paternal grandparents, who are both disabled and receive SS benefits. I live below the federal poverty level, though I haven't suffered anything extreme like homelessness or malnutrition. I am in a free school lunch program, use SAT fee waivers, etc. I don't know if this affects admissions at all.

If I do not qualify for a congressional nomination/appointment, would I have a chance of receiving an ROTC scholarship and/or substantial grants for college? My plan B is to attend a state school and enroll in an ROTC program. I am determined to serve in one of the military branches one way or another. I've had this desire since grade school due to my family's military history (albeit foreign), my past/current economic situation, for the privilege to experience unrivaled camaraderie, and for a stable career.

Thank you very much for your time.
 

mom3boys

10-Year Member
Your nomination has as much to do with where you live as what you've accomplished. Have you opened a file yet? Have you applied for your nomination yet? Have you applied for the ROTC scholarship? You need to get all of this done now. If you need some help, let us know...we can get you in touch with the Field Force rep closest to you. People on this age know people who know people.
 

bablus

New Member
Your nomination has as much to do with where you live as what you've accomplished. Have you opened a file yet? Have you applied for your nomination yet? Have you applied for the ROTC scholarship? You need to get all of this done now. If you need some help, let us know...we can get you in touch with the Field Force rep closest to you. People on this age know people who know people.
I have printed out the forms that my senators require for nominations, and I need the questionnaires filled out by a few of my teachers and a counselor. I feel like I'll have trouble with this part as I'm not sure my teachers know me too well personally, and one of the questions are "How would you describe [my] leadership characteristics?". The only thing I've completed so far are the online pre candidate questionnaires for USMMA, USMA and USAFA.
 

mom3boys

10-Year Member
Keep an eye on your deadlines for your nominations. Don't worry about what is outside of your control. Your personal statements will be a chance to explain any shortcomings in your resume.
 

mom3boys

10-Year Member
Are you getting help from your school counselors? Most applicants need some help. Not sure if your grandparents are familiar enough to help you...that's where the field force rep can help.
 

bablus

New Member
I haven't received help from my counselor yet, I will consult with her as soon as I can as I'll need to work with her in order to complete the evaluation forms. I found my field force rep from the candidate.usma.edu website and am currently sending an email to him, thank you for the suggestion.
 

2021mom

Member
Go talk to your teachers/coaches! No gets an appointment without help and support along the way.
Whether it's a teacher completing an evaluation for you or a teacher or coach writing a letter to your Senators/MOC, be sure you speak to them about where you are applying (don't assume they know what a service academy is!), your goals, your desire to serve, and any aspects of your personal journey that you are comfortable sharing. Ask for their support! And provide them with a copy of your resume (perhaps a cover letter as well, summarizing what you are doing and what you need from them).
If you talk to your teachers and share your story and your goals, I'm sure they will want to support you! Good Luck! And come back here and let us know how you are doing. We are all cheering for you!
 
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