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Paying For College: Navy ROTC Scholarships

As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program fills a vital need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps. The following is a list of NROTC scholarship programs:

The NROTC Four-year Scholarship:

  • Full tuition at one of the listed college or universities
  • All colleges/university educational fees
  • Stipend for text books
  • Provide all uniforms
  • Subsistence allowance each academic month:
    • Freshmen receive $250
    • Sophomores receive $300
    • Juniors receive $350
    • Seniors receive $400

The NROTC Two-year Scholarship:

  • Covers final two years of college.
  • Provides tuition, fees, textbooks, and uniforms for two academic years.
  • Subsistence allowance for a maximum of 20 months.
  • Open to college students who have completed their sophomore year or third year in a five-year curriculum.
  • Deadline date: 15 March of the applicant's sophomore year.
  • On graduation commission as ensign, US Naval Reserve or second lieutenant, US Marine Corps Reserve.
  • Total military service obligation is eight years, at least four of which must be active duty.

NROTC College Program

  • Two- or Four-year programs
  • Applicants selected from students already attending or accepted by colleges with NROTC programs
  • Pays for uniforms and instructional fees for naval science courses
  • College Program students selected for "advanced standing" receive a stipend for maximum of 20 months. Advance standing is only available starting the junior year of college. Stipend per academic month is $350 junior year and $400 senior year.
  • Students will complete naval science and other university courses, a few specific university courses, and attend one summer training session
    • Normally at sea for Navy officers.
    • Normally at Quantico, Virginia for Marine Corps-option midshipmen.
  • Four-year applicants apply through professors of naval science upon commencement of freshman year
  • Two-year applicants apply before spring of sophomore year.
  • When accepted, two-year applicants will attend six-and-a-half week Naval Science Institute program in Newport, RI during summer between sophomore and junior years.
    • On graduation, two- and four-year College Program midshipmen may be commissioned ensigns in the Naval Reserve or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps Reserves.
    • Obligation of eight years commissioned service, at least three of which must be active duty.

Navy Nurse Corps NROTC Program

  • Available to students interested in pursuing Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN).
  • If selected for scholarship, selectee must major in a nursing degree program leading to BSN.
  • On graduation, Nurse NROTC Scholarship Program midshipmen commissioned as reserve officers in Navy Nurse Corps.
  • Nurse NROTC eligibility and selection procedures same as regular four-year NROTC Scholarship Program requirements.
  • Academic, physical, and military requirements differ slightly from regular NROTC.
  • Nurse NROTC Scholarship Program not for those pursuing any other medical program.
  • More information on the Navy Nurse NROTC Scholarship.

More Scholarship Programs

The Tweedale Scholarship:

  • Each unit Professor of Naval Science (PNS) is assigned two Tweedale Scholarships each year.
  • Program focused on students majoring in specific technical fields

Criteria for selection:

  • Student must have completed at least one but no more than four academic terms w/ a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) which places student above peer mean or 3.0, whichever is higher.
  • Transcript must reflect grade of "C" or better in all courses attempted.
  • Student must have completed one academic term of college level math or science
  • Will be required to complete Naval Science Course 101 as soon as possible
  • Students interviewed by PNS and must comply w/ standards regarding leadership potential and military/physical fitness.
  • Submit a revised degree plan for review by PNS; degree plan must be verified by student's faculty advisor and demonstrate that student will by able to complete all naval science requirements and still graduate on time with his/her assigned class year group
  • Majors in:
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Strong math/science background in high school and "B" or better in calculus, if completed

Historically Black College (HBC) Scholarship Program

There are a limited scholarships available to attend Historically Black Colleges. Applicants must meet the same minimum qualification criteria used for the 4 year national scholarship. To apply for one of these scholarships, contact one of the below listed schools:

  • Florida A & M University
  • Hampton University
  • Morehouse College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Savannah State University
  • Southern University and A&M College

Full information concerning the NROTC Scholarship Program is available from any of the colleges and universities with NROTC units or from Navy and Marine Corps recruiters. A list of colleges and universities is available on this website at the Colleges and Universities page.

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