The Essay…what does the board want to hear

I probably should have written this a couple months back when many of you were just starting your application. I’m trying to help out my fellow procrastinators get back in the game. Many of the applicants on my list still haven’t submitted everything, so this information may be relevant to more than a few of you.

Got an email from one of my applicants the other day. The applicant was asking about the essay on the Army ROTC scholarship application. He wanted to know how important it was, and what it should say. I would start out by saying that it is certainly not the most important part of the application. Your whole person score and your SAL attributes will carry most of the weight.

Here is what I would suggest you do when you write your essay. By no means is this the official answer, but my thoughts are that this may score you a couple bonus points and get you the slight edge in the process. There are two blocks on the application where you can add narrative input to your submission. These blocks are titled “Applicants Additional SAL Achievements” and “Personal Statement”.

Here is what I would suggest for the first. Take a look at the PMS interview sheet, and make sure you annotate anything on the front side of that sheet that would “check a block”. Highlight anything that has to do with Scholar/Athlete/Leader things you do. If you are weak in one area, don’t lie. Just make sure you are strong in another. Don’t discount things like responsibility at a part time job to show your leadership potential, or an individual sport to highlight your Athletic attributes. Don’t leave anything off the table in this block.

For the essay I suggest you look at three things (Google them):


I’ve linked each of these to the best link I found on Google. Once you have looked at these three topics I feel you have enough information to know what we are looking to instill in an Officer, and what we want in our Cadets. If you sit down and now write your personal statement describing why you want to be an Army Officer, and throw in some statements that sound like your values and beliefs align with the Soldier’s Creed/Warrior Ethos/Army Values/Leadership Dimensions you should have a personal statement that will convince a board member that you have what it takes.

Hope that makes sense…What do you think???

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Alumni, Attention! Drop and Give Me Twenty (Bucks)!

GKB Cadre and Staff prepare care packages for the 2009 "Drop and Give be Twenty (Bucks)" event.

Every year, before the holidays, the Golden Knight Battalion promotes the “Drop and Give Me Twenty (Bucks)” program. This program is aimed at sending deployed GKB alumni care packages in time for the holidays.

These care packages include comfort items that give our deployed alumni a taste of home such as homemade, homegrown, and locally produced goodies, as well as pennants and mugs from their alma mater. It is our way of thanking our Soldiers for their committed service overseas.

The “Drop and Give Me Twenty (Bucks)” program is made possible from contributions from our own GKB alumni, and from friends of the ROTC battalion. Last year, our donors gave over $1,900, of which every penny was spent sending care packages overseas. This program truly exemplifies Soldiers supporting Soldiers – Golden Knights supporting Golden Knights!

This year, we are once again challenging our friends and alumni to contribute to the program and donate a small contribution of twenty dollars (or whatever you would like to contribute). It is even more exciting when we get a note from our alumni, some of whom graduated in the early decades of the Golden Knight Battalion.

If you wold like to donate to the 2010 “Drop and Give Me Twenty (Bucks)” program, you may send your donation (or note for our deployed alumni) to:

Clarkson Army ROTC
BOX 5875
Potsdam, NY 13699

Please make your checks payable to “Cadet Association”

We look forward to seeing our Golden Knight alumni step up and send their well wishes (and their twenty bucks!) for the 2010 “Drop and Give Me Twenty (Bucks)” program.

If you have any questions about the program, or would like more info about our deployed alumni, please contact Shirley Mousaw (email) or call 315-265-2180.

The GKB at the Army 10 Miler

Congrats to the GKB Army Ten Miler team. 22nd out of 59 teams with some great finishes: Charles Rugg-1:07 followed by Jen Zanghi-1:11. The entire team finished within 12 minutes of each other for a great gap time. Cris Coveleski, Tim Nevin, Russ Austin, David Voorhees, and Erin Lynn McTarnaghan, all finishing 3-7 on the team respectively. Congratulations to all of you.

The Golden Knight Battalion runners from Clarkson’s Army ROTC Battalion attended this year’s Army 10 Miler held in Washington DC on the 24th of October. This was the 4th consecutive year that the Battalion sent a team to the event.  The trip was made special this year by the support received from the Clarkson Alumni family.  This year the team was housed and fed by the Parker family.  Kevin, Anne, and daughter Kate provided a place to stay, and some great meals for the team of 8 runners and 2 cadre who made the trip.  Kevin is a Clarkson Alum, and sits on the board of trustees.  The team was also sponsored by the Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of United States Army (AUSA), who provided funding for transportation and incidental costs.  Our many thanks to Joe McLaughlin, President of the chapter.  Joe’s son Mike is a product of the GKB, currently serving in Iraq, and his wife Marilyn, who ran the race, managed to raise my spirits at the 7 mile mark with her enthusiastic greeting .

This year the team members were among 30,000 runners who registered for the race held in the nation’s capital.  The race starts and ends in the parking lot of the Pentagon and the route takes runners past many sites in Washington DC, to include the Capital, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museums.

“This year’s trip was incredible, due to the support of the Parker’s and the Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA.  The Cadets are already talking about next year’s trip.  Staying with the Parkers was like visiting family, which goes to show the strength of the Clarkson Family.” said Major Scott Toth.  “This trip also demonstrated to the Cadets the camaraderie and esprit de corps of the Army.”

The GKB ATM team seeing the sights the day before the race

The Clarkson Golden Knight team was made up of senior Charles Rugg, Information Systems & Business Processes, Penfield, NY; senior Jayson Keys, Mechanical Engineering, Marion, NY; senior Erin McTarnaghan, Biomolecular Science/Chemistry, Geneseo, NY; junior Jennifer Zanghi, Mechanical Eng., Cassadaga, NY;  junior Russell Austin, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Canandaigua, NY; junior Tim Nevin, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Canandaigua, NY; junior Cris Coveleski, Global Supply Chain Management, Utica, NY; sophomore David Voorhees, Environmental Engineering, Buffalo, NY. The cadre runners were Major Scott Toth, and 2LT James Onley, Clarkson class of 2009.