FY-14 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM

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SUBJ/FY-14 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM//



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

RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN SOLICITS APPLICATIONS AND PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR THE FY-
14 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 2013, BEGIN 
STUDY AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY IN 2014, AND COMPLETE STUDY IN 2016.  A NAVY 
SELECTION BOARD WILL CONVENE IN OCTOBER 2012 TO SELECT UP TO 15 NOMINEES FROM 
WHICH THE OLMSTED 
FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY SELECT UP TO TEN NAVY SCHOLARS AT ITS MARCH 
2013 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 OPPORTUNITIES, THE NAVY IS LOOKING FOR YOUNG 
LEADERS WHO DISPLAY ALL THE QUALITIES OF DEDICATED CAREER OFFICERS WHO ASPIRE 
TO COMMAND.  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 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, LIVE, 
STUDY, AND TRAVEL ABROAD.  FINALISTS MAY BE INTERVIEWED BY THE OLMSTED 
FOUNDATION.

5.  ACTIVE DUTY-LIST REGULAR OR FULL-TIME SUPPORT OFFICERS WITH THE 
DESIGNATORS 111X, 112X, 113X, 114X, 131X, 132X, 181X, 182X AND 183X, AND 310X 
WITH THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS MAY APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM:
    A.  AT LEAST 3 YEARS OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE, BUT NOT MORE THAN 11 YEARS 
OF TOTAL ACTIVE FEDERAL SERVICE AS OF 1 APRIL 2013.
    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 N2A2 OLMSTED
    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 PREFERENCE LIST OF TEN 
UNIVERSITIES AND LOCATIONS WHERE THE APPLICANT WOULD LIKE TO STUDY MUST BE 
INCLUDED.  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 WITH FAMILY MEMBERS 
WHO DO NOT INTEND TO ACCOMPANY THEM DURING ALL OR PART OF THE SCHOLAR PROGRAM, 
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
    CENTER FOR INFORMATION DOMINANCE (CLREC-NFLTO CODE N01L)
    PENSACOLA, FL 32511-51386

DSN 922-6177/6529 OR VIA E-MAIL AT 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.  
RECOMMENDED 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 31 AUGUST 2012.  DLAB/GRE SCORES AND OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS MAY BE 
SUBMITTED BY SEPARATE CORRESPONDENCE TO REACH CPPD CODE N2A2 OLMSTED NOT LATER 
THAN
21 SEPTEMBER 2012.

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 STUDYING AND 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 THE COUNTRY/CITY/UNIVERSITY PREFERENCE LIST.

11.  POINT OF CONTACT IS MS. BILLIE COLONNA, CPPD, AT (850) 452-1001, MENU 
OPTION 3, EXT 2219/DSN 922, OR VIA E-MAIL AT BILLIE.COLONNA(AT)NAVY.MIL. 

12.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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