One of the requirements for the Navy ROTC Nurse Option Scholarship is an evaluation and written narrative from a science teacher and one other evaluation from a teacher, counselor, coach or employer.
Navy ROTC teacher evaluations can be overwhelming for prospective candidates. Below we provide samples for each teacher as well as what makes the sample a quality submission. Let them know in advance you’ve chosen them to write your letter of recommendation!
Science Teacher Sample Narrative
Employer Sample Narrative
You can download PDF versions of each letter to print and give to your teachers at the bottom of this article.
Science Teacher Sample Written Evaluation– Navy ROTC
The following is an example of a well written Science Teacher narrative for the NROTC Nurse Option application. This narrative would be done after the teacher completes the numerical rating of the candidate. We recommend that candidates give a sample recommendation narrative to their scence teacher in order to maximize their impact. We provide commentary at the end telling you why this sample letter is effective.
Narrative Prompt for Your Science Teacher:
Please tell us how you feel this candidate would perform at the college level in science. Thank you for your time, concern and cooperation
I taught Linda while she was a student in my AP Biology class at Ridgemont High School. This is one of the most difficult classes taught at our high school and only the top 5% of students at our high school take this class. This is out of a total class of 250.
Of these elite students, Linda received an A which only 20% of the students in the class received. This equates to Linda being in the top 1% of all students who take this course yearly. I have taught at our high school for five years and out of the 400 students I have taught in the course over that time, Linda ranks within the top 20 students out of that group.
What separates him from the other students I have taught is her attention to detail and diligence. He takes his studies very seriously and puts out the maximum effort. Frankly, only the best students score as high as Linda.
A number of my biology students go onto college and concentrate in nursing and other pre-med majors. These requirements are rigorous and include courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Pathophysiology, I have taught many students in past years who have gone on to successfully complete these requirements and become doctors and nurses. There is no doubt based on my experience that Linda will be successful and obtain her BSN and successfully complete the NCLEX.
What you will notice in the narrative are several things. One, the science instructor is aware of the difficult nursing curriculum in college and lists the courses which the candidate will have to navigate.
Additionally, the science instructor quantifies how the candidate ranks by comparing her to others she has taught over several years. This reinforces the ratings that the instructor gave the student and makes a greater impact than generic statements.
“Other” Sample Written Evaluation– Navy ROTC Nurse Option
We are ROTC Consulting strongly recommend that that the other evaluation a nurse candidate chooses be employer—preferably in a health profession. The nurse candidate should demonstrate his or her interest in nursing through either paid or volunteer employment in a hospital or other health care facility.
Narrative Prompt for Your Employer:
Please tell us how you feel this candidate would perform at the college level in your area of concern. Thank you for your time, concern and cooperation
I was Linda’s medical supervisor at the Santa Monica health clinic during her employment there in the Summer of 2021. She served in the role of patient intake, evaluation and post examination monitoring while working as a health aide.
It is clear from my work with Linda that she has a keen interest in nursing and the health profession in general. She requires little supervision and picks up on medical tasks very quickly. She often supervises aides more senior to her and is a natural leader who is looked up to by others. She is drawn to helping others.
Of all the employees I have had at the clinic, I would rate Linda in the top two or three. This is out of 200 employees I have supervised at the clinic. She was one of my best employees.
I understand that Linda wants to become a nurse in the Navy. I cannot think of a better person or future leader than Linda. Having both a BSN and MSN myself, there is no doubt that Linda will be able to complete the BSN program and successfully pass her NCLEX. She will make a great Navy officer and nurse and comes with my highest recommendation.
What you will notice in the narrative are several things. One, the supervisor strongly states the candidates performance and interest in health care and being a nurse. She discusses her leadership and performance. Being a nurse herself, the employer then evaluates the candidate’s ability to complete the nursing curriculum and provides a strong recommendation.
Additionally, the employer quantifies how the candidate ranks by comparing her to others she has supervised over several years. This reinforces the ratings that the employer gave the candidate and makes a greater impact than generic statements.
Final Thoughts on Navy ROTC Nurse Letters of Recommendation
Most recommenders will appreciate it if you give an example recommendation letter to them. It saves them time and effort, especially if they have to do multiple letters for you. Additionally, you help the recommender understand nursing requirements, so they appear more knowledgeable. This greatly increases the impact of your teacher and employer narratives.
Take the time to give your Science teacher and employer recommendation letters and you are that much closer to winning a Navy ROTC Nurse Option Scholarship. Ready to apply now?
You can download both sample letters of recommendation here in PDF format to print and hand out.
You can also look at our full Navy ROTC application guide for the entire process.