FY-16 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM

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SUBJ/FY-16 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM//



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RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN SOLICITS APPLICATIONS AND PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR THE 
FY-16 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 2015, BEGIN 
STUDY AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY IN 2016, AND COMPLETE STUDY IN 2018.  A NAVY 
SELECTION BOARD WILL CONVENE IN OCTOBER 2014 TO SELECT UP TO 12 NOMINEES FROM 
WHICH THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL CONSIDER AND SELECT NAVY 
SCHOLARS IN MARCH 2015.

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 THREE YEARS OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE BUT NOT MORE THAN 11 
YEARS OF TOTAL ACTIVE FEDERAL SERVICE AS OF 1 APRIL 2015.
    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.  A PREFERENCE LIST OF UP TO TEN 
COUNTRIES (WITH NO MORE THAN TWO UNIVERSITIES AND LOCATIONS PER COUNTRY) 
WHERE THE APPLICANT WOULD LIKE TO STUDY MUST BE INCLUDED.  ALL APPLICANTS 
SHOULD READ THE ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE PROVIDED BY THE OLMSTED FOUNDATION ON 
THEIR WEBSITE UNDER OVERSEAS STUDIES BEFORE COMPILING THEIR LIST.
IN ADDITION, APPLICANTS WHOSE FAMILY MEMBERS 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 32511-1386
BY CALLING (850) 452-6529/DSN 459 OR VIA E-MAIL AT LANGUAGE 
TESTING(AT)NAVY.MIL.  INFORMATION ON THE GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION
(GRE) MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE LOCAL NAVY COLLEGE OFFICE OR 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, NLT 29 
AUGUST 2014.  REQUIRED DLAB/GRE SCORES AND OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS MAY 
BE SUBMITTED BY SEPARATE CORRESPONDENCE TO REACH CPPD CODE N2A2-OLMSTED NLT
12 SEPTEMBER 2014.

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 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)473-6061/ DSN 753, 
OR VIA E-MAIL AT BILLIE.COLONNA(AT)NAVY.MIL.
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12.  THIS MESSAGE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL SUPERSEDED OR CANCELLED, 
WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

13.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL W. F. MORAN, N1.//

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