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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Sep 17, 2019

Few Americans know much about the Reserve Officer Training Corps program, and even fewer have insight into the ROTC scholarship. However, the evident and not-so-obvious benefits of this scholarship deserve the attention of anyone involved in the college admissions process.   Amy and Mike invited consultant and author Lieutenant Colonel Robert O. Kirkland to talk all about the ROTC scholarship. 

 What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What does ROTC entail?
  2. How difficult is it for a student to earn an ROTC scholarship? 
  3. What obligations and benefits accompany an ROTC scholarship?
  4. Do scholarship requirements vary by branch or intended major?
  5. What are some little-known but powerful benefits that accompany an ROTC scholarship?


Lieutenant Colonel Kirkland was one of the few officers ever to lead two separate Army ROTC programs--Claremont McKenna College from 2006 to 2009 and the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2013. He was selected as Army ROTC instructor of the year and the best Professor of Military Science in his Brigade in 2009. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point and has also earned an MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

Robert is the author of The Insider's Guide to the Army ROTC Scholarship for High School Students and Their Parents and The Insider's Guide to the Air Force ROTC Scholarship for High School Students and Their Parents.

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