What are my chances of getting an Air Force ROTC scholarship?
I am going to be a senior in high school. I have a GPA of approximately 3.8. I have NOT been involved in any sports, due to my schooling situation. I am in a dual-schooling program which has allowed me to attend community college full-time with all of my credit hours transferring to count toward my high school diploma. I work two jobs, one at a fast-food restaurant, and one at an amateur radio equipment store. I have, for the past four years, been an active member with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services group in my area, and have certification from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security in the areas of Emergency Management and Incident Command.
Given these qualifiers, is there a good chance, realistically, of being awarded a scholarship? Will the fact that I will graduate with 90+ college credit hours help make up for my lack of athletics? I can hold my own physically, but would never describe myself as a jock.
Thank you very much in advance for your comments.
- TomLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
Regardless of athletic participation, a guy needs two years left in a degree program to commission through Afrotc which should not be a problem since colleges only allow 60 semester units of lower division work to count towards a four year degrees minimum number of units required for graduation. The two years remaining can be all undergrad, grad or a combination.
Another consideration is that Afrotc awards the overwhelming majority of high school scholarships to certain technical majors:
Certain majors-computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, meteorology, and critical foreign languages- are eligible for non competitive Type 1 In -College Scholarships and athletic participation is not a qualifying criteria.
Good description of Afrotc:
The Air Force Academy does not base selections on planned course of study, so you might want to consider applying for an appointment if you are otherwise physically fit. Your jobs will be considered as extracurricular activities. All Cadets must complete all four years at the Academy but courses already taken can be validated.
- PhilLv 710 years ago
You sound pretty admirable to me. I admit I don't know exactly how ROTC scholarships are awarded; my understanding is that they are generally available for those who qualify for the last two years of ROTC.
The only problem I can see is that you have so many college units you may not be in college long enough to complete a full four year ROTC curriculum. I am sure this has happened before. I imagine you can take summer courses or accelerated courses or even individual study to make up for some of it...talk to the ROTC folks at your intended school about all of this.
Your GPA is a go, and I assume you will have fairly solid SAT scores as well. The lack of sports is not significant but when you do get to college you'd be well off taking some intramural sports and fitness PE classes as well. But I think there is no mandate in ROTC for a sports background, merely for good fitness though they want to see you have a competitive spirit as well.
- DonnaLv 44 years ago
Sounds like your chances are pretty good, depending on the school. I'm assuming you haven't had any legal issues - parking/ speeding tickets are ok, as long as there aren't a lot; problems with drugs/alcohol or offenses such as misdemeanors and felonies are a bit worse. I also had around a 3.4, and a 32 on the ACT. Also on JV track, but no other school extra-cirriculars. Eagle scout helped, but I had no student body involvement or NHS in high school either. Don't say that you'll be varsity if you don't know for sure (June? Is this an old question, or do you mean next June??), when you go in for an interview you can explain the situation then. You could also apply for Army or Navy ROTC, but I highly recommend AFROTC - you could say I'm a little biased...
- Anonymous10 years ago
you wouldn't get a scholarship, there is too much competition as it is, you have a good backround so if you apply for the airforce you will most definitely get in, but there will be alot of competition for ROTC.