I’m hoping someone can assist… my daughter has a full ride to play volleyball at a small D1 school. We pay $500/semester plus books (which is a very minimal cost since the athletic dept has books for her to borrow). We know that she is very fortunate.
She is currently a sophomore and now feels like she wants to join the school’s Army ROTC. She believes that the Army is a means to an end for her. She would like a job in Foreign Affairs and believes that being in the Army will help her achieve that (she is interested in military intelligence).
She has been training with the school’s ROTC and has been told she should apply for the ROTC scholarship. She has also been told (and I believe this is incorrect) that if she gets the ROTC scholarship she can “pocket” it because she has no financial need (everything is paid for via her athletic scholarship).
I’ve tried to talk to her about this but cannot make any headway. She said her coach is encouraging her to apply for the ROTC scholarship (of course, because then she has one more athletic scholarship to work with).
My questions –
- If she gets this ROTC scholarship, can she really pocket the money since she already has a full athletic scholarship?
- where can I find information in regards to ROTC scholarships?
- is there any advantage to joining ROTC now (her sophomore year) rather than waiting until graduation and then perhaps going to OTS?
I truly believe that since she does not need a scholarship, she should keep all her options open. There is no reason to “give back” her volleyball scholarship only to get a ROTC scholarship and then have a 4-8 year commitment when she graduates. Help!!!