​FY-18 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits applications and provides guidance for the 
FY-18 Olmsted Scholar Program.

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 2017, begin
study at a foreign university in 2018, and complete study in 2020.  A Navy
selection board will convene in October 2016 to select up to 12 nominees from
which the Olmsted Foundation Board of Directors will consider and select Navy
scholars in March 2017.

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 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, 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, 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 2017.
    b.  Superior scholastic ability as demonstrated in an official
undergraduate transcript indicating class rank, if available.
    c.  Foreign language aptitude as demonstrated on the Defense Language
Aptitude Battery (DLAB), although language background or proficiency is not
required.
    d.  Exceptional military professional performance.

6.  Applications should be prepared per enclosure (3) of reference (a).
Detailed information on application requirements and a sample application
letter are located on the Navy College website at
http://www.navycollege.navy.mil/Olmsted.aspx.  Applications should be
addressed to:
      Naval Education and Training Professional Development and
      Technology Center (NETPDTC)
      Voluntary Education (VOLED), Code N2A2 Olmsted
      6490 Saufley Field Road
      Pensacola, FL 32509-5204

7.  To support submission of DLAB scores, commands may obtain DLAB testing
information by calling (850) 452-6529/DSN 4753, or via e-mail at
languagetesting(at)navy.mil.  Information on the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) may be obtained from the local Navy College office or at
http://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 detailer written/signed
statement per enclosure (3) of reference (a) must be included in the
nomination package.

9.  Application packages, with command endorsement and detailer statement,
must reach NETPDTC VOLED, (Code N2A2-Olmsted), no later than (NLT) 26 August
2016.  Required DLAB/GRE scores and official college transcripts may be
submitted by separate correspondence to reach NETPDTC (Code N2A2-Olmsted) NLT
9 September 2016.

10.  This prestigious program is key to preparing young officers for future
leadership roles as the Navy faces the ever-increasing challenges and
complexities of todays 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 Masters Degree.  All eligible and interested officers are urged
to consider this important program and visit the Olmsted Foundation website
at http://www.OlmstedFoundation.org for additional details.

11.  Point of contact is Dr. Faye Messick, NETPDTC, at (850)473-6049/DSN 753,
or via e-mail at faye.messick(at)navy.mil.  Additional information on the
program is located on the Navy College website at
http://www.navycollege.navy.mil/Olmsted.aspx.

12.  This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first.

13.  Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//

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