Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship
The four year Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship is easiest way to gain admission into the NROTC unit. The scholarship includes all tuition while also paying monthly stipends to each student. Once earning a scholarship, you are guaranteed a contract to commission in the United States Navy upon graduation. Upon commissioning, the newly commissioned Ensigns have a mandatory service commitment with lengths dependent upon warfare community selection.
Earning a Scholarship
NROTC scholarships are typically earned senior year of high school. The scholarship requires an extensive online application where applicants must submit the application itself, several essays, several letters of recommendation, and test scores and transcripts. To apply, please visit the official NROTC webpage http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/.
Requirements to Earn Scholarship
- U.S. Citizenship
- Not less than 17 years old by Sept. 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on June 30 of that year.
- Must not have reached 27th birthday by June 30 of year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated .
- Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for amount of time equal to their prior service, on month-by-month basis, for maximum of 36 months, if they will not reach 30th birthday by June 30 of year graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
- High school graduation or equivalency certificate by Aug. 1 of year of entrance into four-year NROTC Scholarship program.
- No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.
- Physically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards.
- Apply for and gain admission to NROTC colleges (not required during selection process, but notification of admission must be received before scholarship can be activated).
- Qualifying scores on Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)
- Navy (including Nurse-option):
- SAT: 530 Critical Reading; 520 math
- ACT: 22 English 22 math
- Marine Corps option:
- SAT: 1000 composite
- ACT: 22 composite
- Navy (including Nurse-option):
- SAT/ACT Math and English / Critical Reading scores must be from same test; applicants cannot combine best Math w/ best English / Critical Reading scores to achieve qualifying score.
Applicants go through a rigorous screening process. Selection is based off a combination of academics, sports involvement, volunteer and community service, and test scores. While academics are the primary factor in selection, applicants should have a well-rounded background in order to be competitive. Selected major of study also plays a factor in selection. Majors of choice are designated as Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 with Tier 1 majors being the most preferable majors with Tier 3 being the least.
Scholarship Pay and Benefits
The scholarship will pay full tuition and class fees. Midshipmen must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. The scholarship also provides a book allowance of $375 per semester and a monthly stipend of$250 per month for freshman, $300 for sophomores, $350 for juniors, and $400 for seniors. The scholarship does not cover rooming and meal expenses. All required uniforms are issued for those midshipmen who are on scholarship. Midshipmen also receive pay for summer cruises. This pay varies but usually amounts to about $800 for their month long summer cruise.
Scholarship applications are typically open from April 1 to January 31 the following year. Scholarships are processed as received but it is generally good idea to submit scholarships as soon as possible. All nominees will be notified of results sometime before April 30 of the year of enrollment.
Midshipmen who earn a scholarship are obligated to uphold their academic, physical readiness, and training standards. All scholarship midshipmen must maintain a grade point average above a 2.5 while also scoring minimums of “Good” on the Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT). Scholarship midshipmen must also attend training cruises every summer. These training cruises can be found on the Summer Cruise tab. Scholarship midshipmen will commission as active duty officers in an unrestricted line community and are obligated to a minimum of five years of service. This may be extended depending upon warfare community but the minimum service commitment for all warfare communities is five years.
What if I don’t receive a scholarship?
If you do not receive a four year scholarship, you may still enroll in the NROTC unit and compete for a commission as an NROTC College Program midshipman. See the College Program page for more details.
You may start the process of applying during the second semester of your junior year of high school. Students may apply for only one of the three scholarship program options-Navy, Nurse or Marine Corps. Before the application can be finalized and forwarded for selection consideration, you must ensure that a copy of your complete transcript, including your entire junior year, is forwarded to your recruiter.
Students w/30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application are not eligible for four-year Navy ROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval science at host university's Navy ROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities.
Active duty Navy applicants are ineligible to apply for Navy ROTC. Active members of other branches of the military may apply if granted a conditional release. Individuals who are scheduled for boot camp may apply but cannot report to boot camp before a decision is made on their application. If they wish to report to boot camp prior to a decision being made they must withdraw their application in writing.
ACADEMIC MAJOR - TIER
The Navy is preparing our officer corps of the future to meet the dynamic challenges in the next generation of technology and leadership. In structuring our academic programs to meet these challenges, undergraduate academic majors for Navy ROTC Navy option midshipmen are divided into three categories or tiers: Tier 1 - engineering programs of Navy interest, Tier 2 - other engineering, math and science programs, Tier 3 - Foreign language and remaining academic programs. In order to keep pace in this high tech and diverse environment, approximately 85% of Navy Option Navy ROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major. The Navy ROTC scholarship provides full tuition and fees at 159 of our nation's most elite and prestigious colleges and universities.
Tier 1 Academic Majors
Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
Tier 2 Academic Majors
Agricultural/Biological Engineering & Bioengineering
We realize that some of the academic majors listed above may not match word-for-word the majors offered at each of the more than 150 colleges and universities partnered with Navy ROTC. If you have questions about how a major at a particular school fits into our Navy ROTC academic major tier categories or our language program, please contact the Navy ROTC unit located at that school. Or, you can contact the Navy ROTC scholarship office at email@example.com
Tier 3 Academic Majors
Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors (all other academic majors not listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2) should examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program. Annually, the Navy will offer this program to 20 - 30 students. Attainment of a specific level of language proficiency is not required by the Navy ROTC LREC program.
LREC - TIER 3
Regions/cultural areas and languages available for study are listed below. Selected languages and regional/cultural areas must be related.
Central Asian Lang.
For the LREC program you are required to either:
1) Major in a foreign language required by the Navy and complete four (4) associated classes (12 semester credit hours) in a region/cultural area associated with the selected language; or
2) Major in a region/cultural area required by the navy and complete four (4) associated classes (12 semester credit hours) in a foreign language associated with the region/cultural area.
The Navy will activate scholarships upon the satisfactory development of a degree plan with the host Navy ROTC unit and university and upon enrollment in the assigned academic major. Navy ROTC midshipmen may lose their scholarship if they request a change from Tier 1 or Tier 2 major to a Tier 3 major. Similarly, Tier 3 LREC majors may lose their scholarship if they depart their course of study prior to graduation.
Academic majors listed in each Tier may vary year to year dependent on the Navy's requirements, however once accepted into an academic major and Tier, a student’s Tier status will not change.
A student may request a modification from their original academic major. Changing from a Tier 1, Tier 2, or LREC major requires approval from a formal panel and will be based on the needs of the Navy.
Apply for and gain admission to Navy ROTC colleges (not required during selection process, but notification of admission must be received before scholarship can be activated)