NROTC Scholarship Application Process

Applicants should use the online scholarship application to complete and submit all the required information (see checklist below).

Applicants are asked to pick five colleges or universities on their scholarship application. Each school must be for a different NROTC unit and one must be a state school, not necessarily in the candidate’s home state.

Each applicant must also select an academic program in which he/she wishes to major. All academic programs fall into three tiers relative to the Navy’s technical needs.

Scholarships will be awarded to an NROTC unit in conjunction with the academic major and tier the applicant specified on his/her application. So the applicant does not need to go to the exact school listed on the application if there are other schools which share the same NROTC unit. But the student must be mindful that there may be cross-town commuting costs and class timing issues which will need to be resolved. The enrolled school must support the academic major or equivalent for which the scholarship was awarded. Also, the student must have applied for admission to and been accepted at any school for which he/she wishes to utilize the scholarship.

An example may help clarify this:

Applicant has selected the Navy Option at the beginning of her application. She selects the George Washington University NROTC unit and cross-town affiliate Howard University as her first choice on the scholarship application. She selects her other four choices. She selects Astrophysics (a Tier 2 major) as her intended degree program. If she is selected for a scholarship at the George Washington University NROTC Unit, she may utilize it at Howard University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, or University of Maryland at College Park (cross-town affiliates to the NROTC unit). She must have applied for admission and been accepted at the school in order to enroll. She must declare Astrophysics as her degree program or she may choose another Tier 1 or Tier 2 major. By applying to all four of the schools mentioned, she has really increased her chance of being able to utilize a scholarship.

This application is extensive and may require several hours to complete. We have provided an Application Information Checklist to assist you in gathering information and to ease the process of applying for a scholarship.

Download an Application Information Checklist


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What Happens Next?

After the applicant has completed and submitted his/her application online, that is only the beginning of the journey. The recruiter/coordinator will be arranging for one or more officer interviews, teacher recommendations, gathering transcripts, and ensuring that test scores are received from the testing agencies. After the application is finalized it will be presented to a Selection Board, a panel of officers, who will make the final decision whether a scholarship will be awarded. If an applicant is awarded a scholarship, the NROTC program staff will make the final determination about which NROTC unit will be assigned. The applicant will also undergo a medical screening by the Department of Defense prior to enrolling in the program.

Applicants may log back in to the web site to check on the progress and status of the application process