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Army ROTC Scholarship

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Last year, I started my journey to attend college and I applied to all the service academies and civilian schools and finally for the ARMY & NAVY ROTC Scholarships.

Although, I signed my letter of intent for the United States Naval Academy Prep School at the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island. It is interesting to see what could have happen.

Last week, I found out I was awarded a full ARMY ROTC scholarship to the University of Texas in San Antonio. I also received acceptances to Texas A&M and UC Riverside.

I mention in a earlier post I also received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.I am curious still curious if I will receive any offers from Air Force Academy or West Point. They are supposed to notify us by April 15th.

It was neat getting the letter below.

 

Full Scholarship to University of Texas.

Full Scholarship to University of Texas.

It’s Official: Congressional Nomination

Congressional nomination to West Point, Naval Academy, and US Merchant Marine Academy

I just got my official letter from Congressman Col. Paul Cook (Ret.). I received a congressional nomination to United States Military Academy (West Point), the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

I am excited, humbled, and grateful for the nominations. I know this step gets me closer to my dream of becoming officer in the United States Miltary.

I received a JRROTC nomination to the Air Force Academy few weeks ago so I have been nominated to all the service academies.

For those that may not understand how nomination works, receiving a nomination to the academies does not guarantee you an appointment to the academy. However, not having a nomination you cannot be admitted to a service academy if you are selected. So I am closer to possibly being appointed.

Thank you Congressman Paul Cook, and huge thank you to Jan Leja and Matt Knox at Congressman Cooks office.

Thank you to Eamonn McGloin, Woody Andrews, Charlene Varela, and my dad for helping me with my prep for the nomination interview and for all those that took the time to write recommendation letters: Mr. McGloin, Col. Dente, Mr. Foster, and Col. Maldanado.

Congressional nomination to West Point, Naval Academy, and US Merchant Marine Academy

Congressional nomination to West Point, Naval Academy, and US Merchant Marine Academy

The waiting is the hardest

Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., California District 8

It has been two weeks since my congressional nomination interview with Congressman Paul Cook office in California District 8, and I am still waiting for the results, sometimes that is the hardest part.

I know someone in my district who recently found out he was nominated to USNA and West Point. I was happy for his nomination it must have felt great finding out.

Hopefully, I will know my results soon. I know January 31 is deadline for the service academies to get results.

On a different subject, the other day I got TWE (Tiny White Envelope) from the Naval Academy and that kinda of scared me.

A TWE is usually a bad thing, typically a kind rejection letter. Luckily, it was just Naval Academy informing me that the Vice-President received my request for Vice-Presidential nomination.

So I sit here fingers crossed I get my nomination to my primary choice the United States Naval Academy, however, any nomination to any academy is a complete honor.

“Patiently Waiting”

Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., California District 8

Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., California District 8

Congressional Interview with Col. Paul Cook

Nomination Panel Interview with Paul Cooks Office

I was just notified that my congressional interview with Col. Paul Cook(ret) office is on January 4, 2014.

I am excited about this interview and looking forward to sharing with the panel my desire to serve my country. The one thing that has prepared me for this interview has been the last five years of interviews with the Boy Scouts. Every rank advancement we had to do a skills review, scoutmaster interview and board reviews. Thank God for scouting.

I am planning on doing a “mock” board review with the help of some of the scout parents to help me better prepare for my nomination panel interview. I am going to trying to get that done in next couple weeks.

I am asking for nomination to Naval Academy, West Point, Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy. My application to all the academies is complete except the Merchant Marine Academy. I have few more items to finish up this next week on the Merchant Marine Academy.

Here is the letter I received from Congressman Cooks office.

 

Nomination Panel Interview with Paul Cooks Office

Nomination Panel Interview with Paul Cooks Office

 

Congressman Paul Cook Service Academy Night in Yucaipa

Samaniego wearing Midshipman Hat at Service Academy Night

Last Night, Congressman Paul Cooks Office had a service academy night at Yucaipa Community Center. The local representatives from the Naval Academy, West Point and the Air Force Academy where at the event.

It was a surprised to see my Naval Academy, Blue and Gold Officer, Don Riojas at the event. The last time I saw him he was interviewing me for the Naval Academy.

I had a chance to speak to Col. Leja. He is the local resident that was the first student from Yucaipa High School to attend the Air Force Academy and I also found out he started the Air Force JROTC program at Yucaipa High School.

He is now retired from Air Force and is an American Airline pilot.

I was really surprised to see how few students show up to this great event. I honestly believe that more people need to find out about all the service academy and what a great opportunity it is not only to get unbelievable education, but more importantly give us a chance to serve our country. I would like to come back to my community in the future and promote the service academy to our youth. I will put that on my wish list.

At the Naval Academy table, Mr. Riojas had a hat from the Naval Academy, and I got a chance with his permission to try it on, and it was a perfect fit.

Is this picture below a look into my future? I hope so? But for now it is a sit an wait for the admission to go through my file and make a decision.

I will just continue working hard at school, swim team, scouts, and keep taking the SAT and ACT exams.

Thank you to Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., Matt Knox, and Jan Leja for putting this event today.

Samaniego wearing Midshipman Hat at Service Academy Night

Samaniego wearing Midshipman Hat at Service Academy Night