FY-09 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM

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SUBJ/FY-09 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM//


REF/A/DOC/CNO/30NOV1998//
AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1520.24B, SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.// 
RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN SOLICITS APPLICATIONS AND PROVIDES SUPPLEMENTAL 
GUIDANCE FOR THE FY-09 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM. 
WHERE INFORMATION DIFFERS BETWEEN THIS NAVADMIN AND REF A, THIS 
NAVADMIN TAKES PRECEDENCE.
2.  THE OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM PROVIDES TWO YEARS OF GRADUATE STUDY 
USING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND OTHER CULTURAL TRAVEL EXPERIENCES OFTEN 
LEADING TO A GRADUATE DEGREE AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY.  UP TO TEN NAVY 
OFFICERS MAY BE SELECTED TO THE PROGRAM DURING THIS ENROLLMENT YEAR.  
APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO COMMENCE LANGUAGE TRAINING IN 
SUMMER/FALL 2008, BEGIN STUDY AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY IN 2009, AND 
COMPLETE STUDY IN 2011.  A SELECTION BOARD WILL CONVENE IN OCTOBER 2007 
TO SELECT NOMINEES FROM WHICH THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION BOARD WILL SELECT 
SCHOLARS.
3.  THIS UNIQUE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY SUPPORTS THE SECRETARY OF 
DEFENSE  EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPING LANGUAGE SKILLS AND REGIONAL AND 
CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE ACROSS THE FORCE.  GLOBAL AFFAIRS REQUIRE LANGUAGE 
PROFICIENCY/REGIONAL EXPERTISE WITHIN THE NAVY. 
ALTHOUGH THIS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL REGIONS OF THE WORLD, 
PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHOSE LANGUAGE CHOICE WOULD FILL A 
CRITICAL LANGUAGE NEED OF THE NAVY SUCH AS ARABIC, CHINESE MANDARIN, 
MALAY, TURKISH, HINDI, INDONESIAN, AND URDU.
4.  NAVY IS LOOKING ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG LEADERS WHO DISPLAY ALL THE 
QUALITIES OF DEDICATED CAREER OFFICERS AND WHO ASPIRE TO
COMMAND AS LINE OFFICERS.   IN PARTICULAR, FITNESS REPORTS MUST
DEMONSTRATE STRONG LEADERSHIP QUALITIES, SOLID OVERALL
PERFORMANCE, AND STRONG PROMOTION POTENTIAL.   ADDITIONALLY,
WHILE A MINIMUM GPA IS NOT SPECIFIED, ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE 
DEMONSTRATED SCHOLASTIC ABILITY AS SHOWN BY AN UNDERGRADUATE TRANSCRIPT.  
FACTORS SUCH AS ACADEMIC MAJOR, PARTICIPATION IN VARSITY SPORTS, STEADY 
SCHOLASTIC IMPROVEMENT, ETC. ARE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN 
REVIEWING TRANSCRIPTS.  APPLICANTS MUST ALSO HAVE A STRONG DESIRE TO 
LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND LIVE AND STUDY ABROAD.  SELECTED 
APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO A PERSONAL INTERVIEW AT THE OLMSTED 
FOUNDATION IN FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA.
5.  ACTIVE DUTY REGULAR OR RESERVE COMMISSIONED LINE OFFICERS WITH THE 
FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS MAY APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM:
    A.  AT LEAST THREE YEARS OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE BUT NOT MORE THAN 
11 YEARS OF TOTAL ACTIVE FEDERAL SERVICE AS OF 1 APRIL 2008. 
    B.  SUPERIOR SCHOLASTIC ABILITY AS DEMONSTRATED IN AN UNDERGRADUATE 
TRANSCRIPT.
    C.  FOREIGN LANGUAGE APTITUDE; BACKGROUND OR EXPERIENCE IN CHOSEN 
COUNTRIES/LANGUAGES IS NOT REQUIRED.
    D.  EXCEPTIONAL MILITARY PERFORMANCE.
6.  APPLICANTS, INCLUDING PRIOR NOMINEES, WILL SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING 
INFORMATION WITH COMMANDING OFFICER'S ENDORSEMENT:
    A.  RANK, NAME, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, DESIGNATOR.
    B.  WORK/HOME ADDRESSES, WORK/HOME TELEPHONE NUMBERS, AND WORK/HOME 
EMAIL ADDRESSES.
    C.  COMMISSIONING SOURCE, YEAR GROUP.
    D.  FOREIGN LANGUAGE BACKGROUND.
    E.  ONE-PAGE ESSAY WRITTEN BY OFFICER EXPLAINING WHY THAT OFFICER 
WANTS TO BE AN OLMSTED SCHOLAR.
    F.  DEFENSE LANGUAGE APTITUDE BATTERY (DLAB) SCORES. 
COMMANDS MAY OBTAIN DLAB TESTS FROM:  COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVAL 
EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER 
(CODE 322), PENSACOLA, FL 32509-5126, DSN 922-1001 X1538 OR 
DARRIN.WILLIAMS(AT)NAVY.MIL.
    G.  GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE) SCORES.  INFORMATION ON THE 
GRE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE LOCAL NAVY COLLEGE OFFICE OR ON THE WEB AT 
WWW.GRE.ORG.
    H.  OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS OF ALL COURSES TAKEN.
7.  APPLICATION PACKAGES, INCLUDING INFORMATION REQUIRED IN PARAGRAPH 8 
OF THIS MESSAGE AND THE COMMAND ENDORSEMENT, MUST REACH COMMANDING 
OFFICER, NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND 
TECHNOLOGY CENTER, ATTN:  CODE N2A2, 6490 SAUFLEY FIELD ROAD, PENSACOLA, 
FL 32509-5204, NOT LATER THAN
1 OCTOBER 2007.  DLAB/GRE SCORES AND OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS 
REQUIRED IN PARAS 6F, 6G, AND 6H, MAY BE SUBMITTED BY SEPARATE 
CORRESPONDENCE TO REACH NETPDTC CODE N2A2 NOT LATER THAN 19 OCTOBER 
2007.
8.  THIS IS A THREE YEAR PROGRAM, FOR WHICH CAREER TIMING IS AN 
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION.  ALL APPLICANTS MUST CONTACT THEIR DETAILER 
FOR COUNSELING ON THE CAREER IMPACT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE OLMSTED 
SCHOLAR PROGRAM.  IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE NAVY SELECTION BOARD, 
A WRITTEN/SIGNED STATEMENT FROM THE DETAILER MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE 
NOMINATION PACKAGE.  SAMPLE STATEMENT IS AS FOLLOWS:  "I, (DETAILER 
RANK, NAME, AND TITLE), HAVE ADVISED (APPLICANT RANK, NAME) OF THE 
POTENTIAL CAREER IMPACT OF THIS PROGRAM.  IN MY OPINION, THIS PROGRAM 
WILL HAVE A
POSITIVE/NEGATIVE IMPACT ON HIS/HER CAREER.   IF THE DETAILER
INDICATES THE PROGRAM WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT, FURTHER EXPLANATION 
IS REQUIRED.
9.  THIS PROGRAM IS KEY TO PREPARING YOUNG OFFICERS FOR FUTURE 
LEADERSHIP ROLES AS NAVY FACES THE EVER INCREASING CHALLENGES AND 
COMPLEXITIES OF TODAY S INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT.  OLMSTED SCHOLARS 
ACHIEVE FLUENCY IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, GAIN A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR 
FOREIGN CULTURES, ACQUIRE REGIONAL EXPERTISE BY TRAVELING WIDELY 
OVERSEAS, AND MAY EARN A LIBERAL ARTS MASTERS DEGREE.  ALL ELIGIBLE AND 
INTERESTED OFFICERS ARE URGED TO VISIT THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION WEBSITE 
AT WWW.OLMSTEDFOUNDATION.ORG FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.
10.  POINT OF CONTACT IS BILLIE COLONNA, COMM:  (850) 452-1001 X-
2219/DSN 922-1807, OR EMAIL AT BILLIE.COLONNA(AT)NAVY.MIL.
11.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1.// 

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