NEWSLETTER – Edition 17


Is your student considering a military career? Or maybe just looking for a way to fund college while developing some skills outside the classroom. The military offers several options you should be considering. From military academies to senior military colleges to ROTC programs, the US military provides educational and leadership opportunities for thousands of students each year. 

In my role as a college admissions consultant, I explore all kinds of college options – and ways to fund those experiences. And for some students, military options are ideal. Let me help your student focus on what matters for his/her situation. I realize that no two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help you explore all of the options! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!   


Not sure where to start as you contemplate adding the military into your college search? Try this article from Rocky Mengle in Kiplinger: “20 Things You Need to Know About Getting Into a Military Service Academy.” First, it’s a lot more than just filling out an application. Are you a scholar, a leader, and an athlete? Second, from gaining a nomination to actually receiving an appointment, getting into a military academy is a really selective process. Read the article HERE


Or two or three! This week, I’m providing you with a variety of resources to gather more information about military options for college. If you would like help navigating any of these options, please feel free to contact me for more information regarding my military program services. 

Military Academies: For military academy appointments, you should start the process with your US Senator and/or US Congressman. Each has a section of his/her website devoted to the nomination process:

Senator James Inhofe 

Senator James Lankford – process is already open 

Congressman Kevin Hern 

Congressman Markwaybe Mullin – process is already open

Congressman Frank Lucas – process is already open

Congressman Tom Cole

Congresswoman Stephanie Bice – process is already open

ROTC Programs: Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a program designed to train college students for future service in the branches of the US Military. College scholarships are provided in exchange for mandatory active duty services upon completion of a bachelor’s program. 

Air Force




Senior Military Colleges: A senior military college (SMC) is on the spectrum between ROTC and a military academy. Students at senior military colleges wear military uniforms and live in a military environment day and night. However, many feel that the beauty with SMCs is that students are allowed to take a four-year ROTC program without signing a contract for commissioning. After graduation, you can choose to be commissioned or go back to civilian life. Explore the programs at these six colleges:

Norwich University

Texas A&M University

The Citadel

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Tech

University of North Georgia


ACADEMY DAY: Thoughts regarding this week’s newsletter formed on Saturday as I was attending an ‘Academy Day’ presented by the US Senator from Virginia, Mark R. Warner. I’m always in awe of the honor and reverence bestowed upon these programs. They are highly selective, and pursuing the dream is much like my standard college admissions advice: 

  • Résumé building starts early. Military academies, ROTC programs and senior military colleges will consider your entire high school career when evaluating your application. 
  • Strive to be well-rounded. The military is looking for scholars, leaders, and athletes – all in one. 
  • Take a test drive. Attend a summer leadership academy. (See my Scout-ing Report for more details.)
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Seek nominations from several people. Apply to several programs/colleges. Be willing to attend a prep program. Have a back-up plan. 
  • Details matter. Deadlines are strict. Applications must be complete. 
  • Current Juniors are on deck. Several US Senators & Congressmen from Oklahoma have already opened their nomination process for the Class of 2022.

If you would like to chat about any of these advice points, feel free to give me a call at 405-906-7044.

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: Whether your student knows exactly where he/she wants to go to college or he/she wants to explore every option available, I am here to help. In fact, I would love to help your student find and fund the ideal college experience! My approach is individualized for your student and designed to keep all of you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!   

8TH AND 9TH GRADERS: The path to college starts now. It’s the perfect time to build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies that will help you achieve college and life goals. Plus, getting started now allows us to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that your student is positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund his/her ideal college experience. If you want to learn more about the Road Map Session, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Short but packed with ten ideas that will resonate with everyone is a book entitled, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life …. And Maybe the World. Retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven recounts the ten lessons he learned from Navy Seal training. The book stems from a speech he gave at The University of Texas’ 2014 commencement. These simple lessons have universal appeal and can help anyone in dealing with the challenges of life in general. ‘Rise To The Occasion‘ is my favorite concept!

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