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ROTC Scholarships

rasdadrasdad Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
My son is currently going though the nomination process. So far so good as he attended the summer program and has taken the DODMERB this week. To plan for a back up, he is also wanting to pursue a ROTC scholarship. What is the process to secure a three or four year scholarship? Do you work it though the local university or USMA? I noticed on his USMA paperwork it asked about ROTC interest. Any help would be appreciated.
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  • falconhopeful06falconhopeful06 Registered User Posts: 489 Member
    Not meaning to be rude.....but.

    WWW.GOOGLE.COM

    yields you a nice result of http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/
  • rasdadrasdad Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Thanks for the information. I'll check them both out
  • BigGreenBigGreen Registered User Posts: 463 Member
    rasdad: spend some time on the Army ROTC website. At the point your son fills out the online application for ROTC he'll have to list his PRIORITIZED list of schools in which he's interested. This is important because schools that see that your son listed them 10th or 11th are less likely to take a good look at him. Also, once your son decides which school he's interested in, have him call the ROTC Colonel or recruiting officer to introduce himself, say why he's interested, express an interested in visiting/interviewing, etc. My son received an ROTC scholarship at UCLA and the officers there couldn't have been nicer or more professional. Same goes for Furman and Wisconsin. Great programs with good officers.
  • candidatemomcandidatemom Registered User Posts: 539 Member
    Not to refute your statement, but give another perspective:
    My son recieved a full 4 year scholarship without ever contacting the school or its ROTC officers. He filled out his application online, listed his 4 schools (in order), was called for an interview by the local ROTC person in charge, and awarded the scholarship to his first choice school. The school supplemented the scholarship, resulting in a total free ride plus stipend award. He chose USNA.
    CM
  • GEBGEB Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    How about - You are both right! The AROTC and NROTC scholarships are handled differently.

    The AROTC national program selects finalists that have to compete at each school they list on their application. Someone from the ROTC department at each school will contact the candidate and arrange for an interview and witness the physical test (only done once). They control who gets the scholarships at their schools. Once awarded a scholarship at a school it must be used at that school.

    The NROTC interviews are usually conducted by a local recruiting officer that works with the national ROTC program. The national ROTC program office awards the scholarships that are good at the schools indicated in the application as preferred. There was some flexibility in the program as there was a process to transfer the scholarship from one school to another. Typically the selected schools ROTC departments do not get involved prior to award of the scholarships.

    One of my sons was awarded the NROTC scholarship and the other was awarded the AROTC scholarship, so we have been there, done that.
  • momof1momof1 Registered User Posts: 794 Member
    I don't know how usual this situation is, but I'll explain what happened with our son last year.

    He was awarded admission to Johns Hopkins, but had only applied for NROTC programs. He was awarded those, but JH did not have NROTC. He called the AROTC office and explained that he had been offered an appointment at WP, but was also considering his options at civilian schools. Within a few days he had secured a 4 year AROTC scholarship. He weighed his options and selected USNA, and, after seeing friends lose their ROTC scholarships for troubles with calc, is very glad that he is where he is. There is a great deal of support in the form of tutoring, Extra Instruction, and just the mids in the hall. He has made use of it all!;-)
  • rasdadrasdad Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Thanks to all for the good info. Seems like we learn a little more each day.
  • AnnAnn Registered User Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    My son has also looked at ROTC scholarships as a "plan B" if he does not get into USMA. However, advice (from prospective.net) is that taking a scholarship is not a good idea if he plans to reapply to USMA, since USMA (and ROTC) would expect him to honor the scholarship agreement. Something to think about....
  • AnnAnn Registered User Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    An update to my previous post...an area admissions coordinator (prospective.net) states that USMA has been known to accept candidates who have accepted ROTC scholarship - he says the ROTC folks don't like it (understandably), but can't stop it.
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