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SUBJ/FY-20 OLMSTED SCHOLAR PROGRAM//
AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1520.24D, OFFICER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits applications and provides guidance for the
FY-20 Olmsted Scholar Program.
2. The Olmsted Scholar Program provides outstanding young military leaders
an unsurpassed opportunity to achieve fluency in a foreign language, pursue
graduate study at an overseas university, and acquire an in-depth
understanding of foreign cultures, thereby further equipping them to serve in
positions of great responsibility as senior leaders in the United States
Armed Forces. Applicants should be available to commence language training
in summer/fall 2019, begin 2 years of study at a foreign university in 2020,
and complete in 2022. A Navy selection board will convene in November
2018 to select up to 12 nominees from which the Olmsted Foundation Board of
Directors will consider and select Navy scholars in March 2019.
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, class ranking, etc., are taken
into consideration when reviewing transcripts. Applicants must also have a
strong desire to live, study, and travel abroad, as well as learn a foreign
language. Finalists may be interviewed by the Olmsted Foundation.
5. Active duty list regular 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. Designators 111x, 112x, 113x, 114x, 181x, 182x, 183x, and 310x must
have at least 3 years of commissioned service but not more than 11 years of
total active federal service as of 1 April 2019.
b. Designators 131x and 132x will have the opportunity to participate in
the second year of a 3 year trial program that expands the service
eligibility requirement from no more than 11 years to no more than 13.5
years. Given the compressed career timeline for aviators through department
head, this trial program is intended to evaluate whether this change would
enable greater participation during a timeframe that does not jeopardize
career viability. For the duration of the trial program, which will last
through the FY-21 Olmsted cycle, officers with designators 131x and 132x must
have at least 3 years of commissioned service but not more than 13.5 years of
total active federal service as of 1 April 2019.
c. Superior scholastic ability as demonstrated in an official
d. Foreign language aptitude as demonstrated on the Defense Language
Aptitude Battery (DLAB), although language background or proficiency is not
e. Exceptional military professional performance.
6. Applications should be prepared pursuant to enclosure (3) of reference
(a). Detailed information on application requirements is located on the Navy
College website at: www.navycollege.navy.mil/resources/olmsted.htm.
Applications should be addressed to:
Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center
(NETPDC) Voluntary Education (VOLED)
Attn: Code N221B, Officer Special Education Program
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, FL 32509-5204
7. To support submission of DLAB scores, commands may obtain DLAB testing
information by calling (850) 452-4579/DSN 459, or via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) may be obtained at www.gre.org.
8. This is a 3 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 as stated by enclosure (3) of reference (a), must be included in
the nomination package.
9. Complete application packages, with command endorsement and detailer
statement, must reach NETPDC VOLED, (OSEP-Olmsted), no later than 24 August
2018. Required DLAB/GRE scores and official college transcripts may be
submitted by separate correspondence to reach NETPDC (OSEP-Olmsted) no later
than 7 September 2018.
10. This prestigious program is key to preparing young officers for future
leadership roles as the Navy faces the ever-increasing challenges and
complexities in the international environment of today. 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 www.OlmstedFoundation.org for additional details.
11. Points of contact:
a. For program specific and application procedures contact Ms. Elise
McGuire, NETPDC, at (850) 473-6064/DSN 753, or via e-mail at
b. For Olmsted Scholar experience inquires contact CAPT David Sauve, a
graduate of the Olmsted Scholar Program, via e-mail at
12. This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
13. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//