Reprise- Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 scholarship board dates

This is a reprise of the blog I posted a couple months ago.  Dates will be coming quick, so get on it if you are interested.

Here they are, the dates for this fall/winter’s board dates. If you are applying for a four year high school Army ROTC scholarship that will start in the fall of 2013 these are the dates you should pay attention to. If you are a high school student finishing up your junior year and going into senior year in the fall, these are your dates.

1st High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 1-Oct-12
1st High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 12-Oct-12
1st High School Selection Board 15-Oct-12
2nd High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 26-Dec-12
2nd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 4-Jan-13
2nd High School Selection Board 7-Jan-13
4-Year High School Application Deadline for SY 13-14 10-Jan-13
Final (3rd) HS Selection Board Deadline for Docs — Missing Items 28-Feb-13
3rd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 8-Mar-13
Final (3rd) High School Selection Board 11-Mar-13

So, what does all this mean. If you have a strong file you should be shooting to have your file complete by 1 October and reviewed by the first board.

Look at SAT/ACT dates. If you don’t do so well the first time you take those tests your second shot is usually some time shortly after the October board, so you should be shooting for the second board and submitting improved scores if your file isn’t strong. Here’s where you can get some help with those tests, use it.

If you wait until the second or third board your chances are diminished because there will obviously be less allocations available after each board.

As you go through the process make sure you read about all the components (this blog is a good source of information, if I do say so myself) and stay in touch with at least one of the recruiting officers at one of the schools on your list. Notice I said recruiting Officer, and not recruiter…there is a difference.


CULP Trip 2012 – Cape Verde – Cadet Chapman

Continuing our series of CULP trip reports with Cadet Chapman’s report from Cape Verde.  When I first heard he would be going to Cape Verde, I had to check a map to find just where he was going.  Cadet Chapman had the unique opportunity to interact with the Ambassador, and the Commander of AFRICOM.

My name is Kyle Chapman and this fall I will be a MSII in the Golden Knight Battalion. This summer I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Cape Verde on a CULP deployment. I went to Cape Verde for 3 weeks in July with 11 other cadets and 2 cadre. The mission of our trip was to teach English to soldiers from the Cape Verdean military as well as building relations with the country.

The trip over took around 24 hours, we flew into the capital, Praia, where we would be staying the entire time. When we arrived we received the materials to teach the students and were briefed by the embassy. The next day we got right into teaching. Our group was split between the army and coast guard bases on the island we were on, Santiago. I was at the coast guard base where I taught 5 coast guard marines English. Most already had 1 to 2 years of English instruction so they could have basic conversations already. Teaching the students was a great experience; it is amazing how hard they worked to learn new knowledge. On the weekends we traveled around the island and visited the sights of Santiago. The best place we visited was the second largest town, Terrafals. It had some of the most beautiful beaches I have seen and we got to jump off a 40 foot cliff into the ocean. One memorable experience was being able to see a training exercise by the coast guard where we were able to meet the Ambassador from the US. Another great experience was being able to meet General Ham, who is in charge of AFRICOM. This was a great experience that was very humbling and made me feel lucky to live in this great country. I would recommend any other cadet to apply to go on a CULP trip.