Lessons learned from last year’s process

This blog post should have been published back in June, but it’s not too late to share the info.  I like to think I’m pretty helpful with the scholarship process.  We are just through the first round of offers for this year, and I’m hoping I can replicate my stats from last year.

The Army ROTC high school scholarship process is a over for the class of 2020.  It was another good year for me and I’m happy with the way it went for my applicants.  Because my high school campaign is my priority, and it is where I can set the Battalion up for success, I look closely at the statistics to see how we did.  So what did I see this year?

  • 80 applicants started an application and listed one or more of my schools (Clarkson, St Lawrence, SUNY Potsdam, or SUNY Canton)
  • 60 of those applicants provided enough information to be seen on the PMS list in our system and visible to us without having to hunt for them.  That means they were in an interviewee status and were eligible to interview with a PMS
  • 35 of those applicants got an offer.
  • 20 of those offers were to the Golden Knight Battalion
  • 9 accepted their offer to the GKB
  • I was able to offer one additional 3AD offer, which was accepted.

What else did I learn?

It looks like the uploading of offers happened quicker and the release of results was almost instantaneous this year.  For the last round, by the time I could see offers being posted the status in the applicants website was changing.  We (programs) were still instructed not to contact winners until offer letters were mailed, but we got the go ahead quicker.

I also spent some time poking around the application website and realized that if an applicant would spend a little time reading all the information on the website many of the answers to frequently asked questions are right there (go figure). This process is not something that can be explained in a paragraph or two, so careful reading of provided information is always a good practice.

 

Pre-Med

Here is the question that was part of an email I received a couple weeks back-

I was wondering on how the program would fit in with a pre-med track. Would one be enlisted upon graduation from Clarkson or after completion of Medical School.

Here is my reply –

With regards to pre-med. There are no guarantees that if you are a premed student you will serve in a medical branch, or that the Army will facilitate your future medical education. If you complete 4 years of ROTC you will commission into the active force or into the Guard/Reserves and serve part time. You will have the opportunity to request an educational delay to go on to graduate school if you choose to go active duty (there are no guarantees, and it is very competitive), or you can choose to commission into the Guard or Reserves and go on to med school while serving part time as an Army Officer. So, enlisting is not something we do…we get commissioned as Army Officers.

I know at face value that doesn’t sound like you are getting a lot for your commitment to serve, but what you will get is excellent leadership training, a guaranteed management opportunity in our organization when you graduate, and the camaraderie and support of the your fellow cadets and the cadre.

to learn more about the opportunities to serve in the medical field I would encourage all who are interested to contact a medical recruiter. There are some great opportunities, and Army ROTC can even be a path to serving in that field, but we are one path that isn’t 100%.