Originally Posted by bright eyed
And Nords - a lot of schools do take into consideration geographic diversity - ie kids from hawaii or rural schools etc. it is on the "list" of things...including legacy, "development capacity (ie hall of Nords in their future?), income etc...
USNA has a twofer on our records. Children of retired alums are eligible for a presidential appointment (if otherwise qualified) so she stands a better-than-reasonable chance of getting exactly what she's asking for.
I don't know if tae kwon do or women's basketball are considered scholarship material, but they got interesting reactions from some of the admissions people we met this summer. Maybe martial arts are hot for college applications.
I've managed to avoid donating to the dear old alma mater for over 25 years and I don't plan to start now. They got more than enough out of my hide during my attendance and the subsequent payback, and I think they're more than adequately covered by other grateful alumni. What really pisses me off is the alumni association selling our contact data to other fundraising organizations... but anyway we have other charities which we prefer to support.
As far as income, I suspect we're going to be subject to the "Gosh, you're ER'd so you must be rich!!" stereotype. Maybe I should persuade the VA to assign me a disability rating that'll make me appear unemployable.