FY-12 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM

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SUBJ/FY-12 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM//



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AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1520.24C, SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM//

RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN SOLICITS APPLICATIONS AND PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR THE FY-
12 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 WHILE PROVIDING OVERSEAS CULTURAL AND TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 
AND OFTEN LEADS TO A GRADUATE DEGREE AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY.  APPLICANTS 
SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO COMMENCE LANGUAGE TRAINING IN SUMMER/FALL 2011, BEGIN 
STUDY AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY IN 2012, AND COMPLETE STUDY IN 2014.  A NAVY 
SELECTION BOARD WILL CONVENE IN OCTOBER 2010 TO SELECT UP TO 15 NOMINEES FROM 
WHICH THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION SELECTION BOARD MAY SELECT UP TO 10 NAVY SCHOLARS 
AT ITS FEBRUARY OR MARCH 2011 MEETING.

3.  THIS UNIQUE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY SUPPORTS THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE 
EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPING LANGUAGE SKILLS AND REGIONAL 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 
CURRENT OR PROJECTED CRITICAL NEED OF THE NAVY.

4.  TO UTILIZE THESE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNTIES, THE NAVY IS LOOKING 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 GRADE POINT AVERAGE IS NOT 
SPECIFIED, ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE DEMONSTRATED SCHOLASTIC ABILITY IN THEIR 
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.  FINALISTS WILL 
BE INTERVIEWED BY THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION.

5.  ACTIVE DUTY-LIST REGULAR OR FULL-TIME SUPPORT LINE OFFICERS WITH THE 
DESIGNATORS 111X, 112X, 113X, 114X, 131X, 132X, 160X, 161X, AND 163X 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 2011.
    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 PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE.

6.  APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PREPARED PER ENCLOSURE (3) OF REF A AND ADDRESSED 
TO CENTER FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPPD) VOLUNTARY EDUCATION 
DETACHMENT, CODE N2A2OLMSTED, 6490 SAUFLEY FIELD ROAD, PENSACOLA, FL 32509-
5204.  THE STATEMENT REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH

2.E IN ENCLOSURE (3) OF REF A MAY BE OMITTED, WHILE PARAGRAPH 2.A.
APPLIES ONLY TO OFFICERS SELECTED AS OLMSTED SCHOLARS.  THE REQUIRED ESSAY 
SHOULD BE LIMITED TO ONE-PAGE EXPLAINING WHY THE OFFICER WANTS TO BE AN 
OLMSTED SCHOLAR.  IN ADDITION, A SCHOLARSHIP EDUCATION PREFERENCE LIST MUST BE 
INCLUDED LISTING TEN UNIVERSITIES AND LOCATIONS WHERE THE APPLICANT WOULD LIKE 
TO STUDY.  THESE MUST BE PRIORITIZED AND AT LEAST FIVE OF THE TEN MUST BE FROM 
THE APPROVED UNIVERSITY LIST ON THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION WEBSITE.  SEE PARAGRAPH 
TEN OF THIS NAVADMIN FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.  APPLICANTS WHOSE FAMILY 
MEMBERS DO NOT INTEND TO ACCOMPANY THEM DURING ALL OR PART OF THE SCHOLARSHIP, 
TO INCLUDE LANGUAGE TRAINING, SHOULD PROVIDE A WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF THE 
CIRCUMSTANCES.

7.  TO SUPPORT SUBMISSION OF DEFENSE LANGUAGE APTITUDE BATTERY
(DLAB) SCORES, COMMANDS MAY OBTAIN DLAB TESTING INFORMATION FROM:
COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND 
TECHNOLOGY CENTER (CODE 322), PENSACOLA, FL 32509-5126, DSN 922-1001/MENU 
OPTION 3/EXT 1538 OR DARRIN.WILLIAMS(AT)NAVY.MIL.  INFORMATION ON THE GRADUATE 
RECORD EXAMINATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE LOCAL NAVY COLLEGE OFFICE OR ON 
THE WEB AT WWW.GRE.ORG.

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."

9.  APPLICATION PACKAGES, WITH COMMAND ENDORSEMENT AND DETAILER STATEMENT, 
MUST REACH CPPD VOLUNTARY EDUCATION DETACHMENT, CODE
N2A2 OLMSTED, NOT LATER THAN 30 SEPTEMBER 2010.  DLAB/GRADUATE RECORD 
EXAMINATIONS SCORES AND OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS MAY BE SUBMITTED BY 
SEPARATE CORRESPONDENCE TO REACH CPPD CODE N2A2OLMSTED NOT LATER THAN 15 
OCTOBER 2010.

10.  THIS PRESTIGIOUS 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 
OVERSEAS, AND MAY EARN A LIBERAL ARTS MASTER'S DEGREE.
ALL ELIGIBLE AND INTERESTED OFFICERS ARE URGED TO CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT 
PROGRAM AND VISIT THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION WEBSITE AT WWW.OLMSTEDFOUNDATION.ORG 
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, INCLUDING IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SELECTION OF 
COUNTRY/CITY/UNIVERSITY FOR THEIR SCHOLARSHIP EDUCATION PREFERENCE LIST.

11.  POINT OF CONTACT:  BILLIE COLONNA, CPPD, AT (850) 452-1001, MENU OPTION 
3, EXT 2219/DSN 922, OR EMAIL AT BILLIE.COLONNA(AT)NAVY.MIL.

12.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//

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