As another school year starts and another Army ROTC scholarship process gets into full swing I just wanted to share a few random thoughts about the view from my foxhole.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Golden Knight Battalion it is a Battalion made up of 4 schools, all within a 20 minute drive. We don’t have the partner/crosstown challenges other Battalions have. We are also 4 relatively small schools. Two are public (SUNY ) and two are private. The host is a very supportive University. Clarkson is known for it’s engineer programs and we are predominantly STEM. We have excellent training opportunities on campus, in the local area, and at Fort Drum which is 1 hours away.
The scholarship process
The online scholarship process has gotten better over the recent years. This blog was partly a product of the difficulty of navigating the process in the past. Currently the site is very user friendly, easy to navigate, and very informative. I make sure I apply every year, so that I know exactly what applicants are seeing. in the past I had to ask my applicant what it looked like so that I could give advice.
This is what my application looks like this year. I have circled the tab for additional information. That tab will put me out of business if more people start clicking on it, since it contains the information that answers most of the questions I get routinely asked. Hope no one clicks on it.
Changes in the Cadet Command world
The Army is getting smaller. Budgets will continue to get tighter. The way Cadet Command trains future Officers will be significantly different very soon. All of those are things we can’t control. That being said, I have more scholarship winners than I have had in quite a few years. I continue to get my qualified Cadets on campus scholarship offers if they earn them.
The first scholarship board is meeting, the deadlines are approaching, and the world continues to turn. Hope to find the time to blog more often and continue to help qualified applicants get those scholarships, contracts, and opportunities to serve their country as an Army Officer.