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College Countdown: What to Do Between Now and the End of the School Year

As your high school year heads into the home stretch, now is also prime time for some key college application activities -- and a good opportunity to take stock of what you need to keep tabs on in the coming months. Let's take a look at what you need to do between now and the end of the school year:

If you are a high school junior:

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Mark Your Calendars: When to Apply for Top Army Scholarships

Markers ready? Grab your calendar and let's jot down some important dates -- namely, the deadlines to apply for some of the top Army scholarships and financial aid that can assist you with paying for college. Our friends over at have put together this handy list and we want to share. Let's take a look at the dates you need to know for the coming year:

ROTC Scholarships: 2015-2016 deadline was February 27. Applications for the next round will likely be available to begin the online application process in January 2016.

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U.S. Universities Partner with U.S. Army Reserve to Develop Cyber Education Curriculum

The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has selected six U.S. universities to lead a USAR effort -- dubbed Cyber P3i -- to empower the intellectual development of future leaders. Cyber education is the engine behind the program, which aims to meet the needs of the USAR existing curriculum for undergraduate and graduate courses in cyber security and information assurance.

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Support for High School and Undergrad Students from the Army Education Outreach Program

The Army Research Office's High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) and Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) extend support to high school and undergraduate students to help them develop critical skills in STEM subject areas (science, technology, engineering and math). The programs offer hands-on learning opportunities in university research lab settings, giving students valuable experience in preparation for professional careers.

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What You Should Know About Army Spouse Education Benefits

The Army offers money for college to help spouses of soldiers complete their educational goals. These programs include:

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Colleges Offering Army ROTC Programs in 2015

The following colleges and universities offer Army ROTC or facilitate a local satellite ROTC unit for a host institution for 2015:

Alabama A&M University

Alcorn State University

Bowie State University

Central State University

Elizabeth City State University

Florida A&M University

Fort Valley State University

Grambling State University

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Applying to the Army Women's Legacy Foundation Scholarship? Take Note of Changes!

The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship program provides financial support for the educational goals of Army women and their children in certificate programs, community college coursework, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees. All coursework must be completed at accredited institutions. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service, letters of recommendation, and need.

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Take Advantage of Georgia Tech's Veteran's Education Training and Transition Program

Georgia Tech's new Veteran's Education Training and Transition Program offers active duty service members and veterans four weeks of no-cost training that translates military values into successful civilian careers.

One of the first programs of its kind, the program offers customized content provided by employers, along with three weeks of hands-on experience in corporate-sponsored internships.
For more information about the program, visit the program page.

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Changes on Tap for NCO 2020 Program

One of the most extensive polling efforts in the Army's history, the online NCO 2020 survey gathered responses from 400,000 soldiers with opinions about the redesign of the NCO Education System. The results of the poll are calling for several big changes to the program, with pilot evaluations on tap for the following:

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New Subject Matter Expert Program for Army Medical Department

In August 2014, over 50 enlisted Soldiers, spanning the ranks of staff sergeant to sergeant major, attended the newly established and revitalized subject-matter expert, or SME, training session. Upon completion, all Soldiers received certificates of training and letters appointing each as the Army Medical Department, or AMEDD, SME to the Army Medical Command sergeant major and surgeon general for their respective military occupational specialties, or MOS, and/or additional skill identifiers, ASI.

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