Frequently Asked Questions for Falcon Scholars

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 Can I participate on any sports teams?

Can I participate in any of the performing arts/fine arts programs?

What are the dorm arrangements?

Can I bring a car?

What are the specifics of the flight program?

Will the classes I take be transferable to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

What happens if I change my mind and decide not to pursue a nomination/appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

Do I need to bring a computer?

What assurances do I have that I will be nominated upon completion of the program?

Do I have to reapply to the Air Force Academy?

How do I get nominated again?


Can I participate on any sports teams?

Falcon Scholars are able to act as a manager or assistant coach for the varsity and JV teams, and in some cases may be able to practice with a team. R-MA does not offer a postgraduate sports program, and therefore Scholars are not eligible to compete on R-MA's athletic teams.  Return to top

Can I participate in any of the performing arts/fine arts programs?

Yes, if their academics and physical training are satisfactory, Falcon Scholars will have room in their schedules to participate in chorus, band, handbells, art, or drama. Each of these is one period of a normal class day. Drama and art are also available as intramurals after the regular class day has concluded.   Return to top

What are the dorm arrangements?

Falcon Scholars are an important part of the R-MA community, and thus live in the same dorm halls and follow the same rules as R-MA's upper school students (grades 9-12). Falcon Scholars are given a private dormitory room whenever possible. You can learn more about dorm life here. You can also visit our virtual tour to get a look at campus, including dorm photos. Falcon Scholars are not permitted to live off campus.    Return to top

Can I bring a car?

You may bring a car to R-MA. It must be parked in the car compound during the week, and it may be used only on weekends to travel to your home.    Return to top

Although Falcon Scholars are not eligible to participate in sports, they are able to take advantage of other extracurricular programs such as the flight program, drama, band, and chorus.

What are the specifics of the flight program?

Students in R-MA's flight program learn to fly in a Cessna 172. The pilot instructors are R-MA faculty members, and the planes are owned by R-MA. It is a program that is unique among secondary schools within the U.S. You can learn more about the program here.    Return to top

Will the classes I take be transferable to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

As a Falcon Foundation school, R-MA's classes are approved as preparation for the Academy. The U.S. Air Force Academy does not accept credit from other institutions for its courses. If a Falcon Scholar should decide not to enroll at the Academy, many of the courses can be dual-enrolled and may transfer to many colleges or universities.   Return to top

What happens if I change my mind and decide not to pursue a nomination/appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

If you fail to complete the nomination process by October 31st, this could be considered as "not continuing efforts to gain an appointment..." In this case, both the R-MA scholarship and the Falcon Foundation scholarship would be revoked. You would be allowed to remain at R-MA as a postgraduate student and take full advantage of all opportunities available at our school, but you would be responsible for the full tuition cost.    Return to top

Do I need to bring a computer?

Yes. The amount of work the nomination process requires, as well as the high-level courses being taken by the Falcon Scholars, necessitate a computer in your dorm room. Specific information on the computer requirements will be provided after you have been accepted into our program.    Return to top

What assurances do I have that I will be nominated upon completion of the program?

There are no guarantees, but the Falcon Foundation expects their scholars to perform well and in so doing to be competitive for both nomination and appointment. The Falcon Foundation expects you to reapply to all  nomination sources for which you are eligible; this includes the Vice Presidential and Presidential nominations, if applicable.    Return to top

Do I have to reapply to the Air Force Academy?

No. However, you will need to update your current application, obtain a nomination, provide new SAT and ACT test scores, and updated Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) results. Also, the USAFA will send the Falcon Scholars a letter, after the start of the school year, to inform you of what you need to accomplish.    Return to top

How do I get nominated again?

We suggest you ask the original nominating authority to nominate you again as well as all other possible sources of nominations, including the Vice Presidential and, if eligible, Presidential nominations. Your mentors at R-MA will be of great assistance in guiding you in this process.    Return to top