Scholarship Spotlight: Patriot’s Pen Scholarship

In this week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton provides an overview of ROTC programs, from both a parent and student perspective, and answers listener questions.

All About ROTC

For the first two segments, Beth welcomes College Coach finance expert Laurie Peltier, and her daughter Abrielle, for an in-depth discussion on pursuing ROTC in college. Abrielle just graduated from University of San Francisco, which she attended on an ROTC scholarship. Laurie and Abrielle, drawing on their own experiences, share the pros and cons of ROTC and discuss the application process. They touch on the following topics in their conversation with Beth:

  • How to decide if ROTC is right for you;
  • What to do to prepare for ROTC;
  • How to apply for ROTC;
  • What attributes make for a successful ROTC candidate; and
  • What level of commitment is required, both during college and after graduation.

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

Beth spends the final segment tackling several college admissions and finance questions that have come in from listeners. To help her with this task, she welcomes back college finance expert and former financial aid officer at Boston University and Tufts, Shannon Vasconcelos. Together, they field the following questions:

  • Is it better to take AP Biology at your high school or Biology at the local community college?
  • What are the chances of getting a “full ride” to college?
  • Should you send your ACT scores to colleges sight-unseen for free, or pay to have them sent later?
  • How long after graduation do you have before having to make payments on your student loans?
  • If you don’t get into your first-choice summer program, what can you do for summer?
  • Can you waive the college’s health insurance?

To hear the answers to all these great questions, download the episode and have a listen! And don’t forget to send in your questions to have answered on an upcoming Q&A segment.

In the meantime, make a date to listen to next week’s episode when Ian Fisher discusses making the most of summer college visits, college refund policies, and getting started on the Common Application.


Written by Julia Jones
Julia Jones is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Julia previously worked as a senior admissions officer at Brandeis University and was the director of admissions at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. Visit our website to learn more about Julia Jones.