Here is my situation. I am currently in my first year of nursing school
and participating as a cadet in the Army ROTC Program at the university. Today, I was offered a scholarship
with all the benefits (100% tuition paid for, free room and board, book allowance, and a monthly stipend). The tuition at this school is roughly 50K a year (including room and board which is ~10k annual). As you can see, this scholarship would significantly
help me pay for nursing school. There is one only one draw back about this scholarship.
It does not
contract me to commission as an active duty 2nd LT in the Army Nurse Corps (which is my ultimate goal), but contracts me to commission in the Army Reserves
in any branch of my choosing besides
nursing (I would probably choose the closest MOS to nursing in the Army Medical Service Corps). This will allow me to work as a civilian nurse and partake in a drill unit for a weekend once (or twice I'm unsure) per month.
My initial thought was to not accept the scholarship because it is not a straight route into the Army Nurse Corps after I graduate with a BSN. I thought about waiting one more year to see if there will hopefully
be another opportunity for an active duty nursing scholarship, but this may be my only opportunity. The more I think about it I am leaning toward accepting the scholarship because it is a huge help for paying for nursing school, I get to work as a civilian nurse but still be in the Army Reserves, and the additional training outside nursing can help me explore another side of the medical field.
I would greatly appreciate
it if anyone would share their thoughts on what they would do if they were in my shoes, and/or if anyone had any experience of what I'm going through at the moment. I know its ultimately my final answer but some advice would really help.