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

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
  • 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 Deadlines

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.

MIDN 1/C Traylor

MIDN 1/C Traylor entered the NROTC/SSO program at TAMUG with a four year scholarship. He has been a part of the unit for over four years and has attended three training cruises. Here he is shown aloft replacing an AN/SPS-55 surface search radar on the forward mast on the USS Vicksburg (CG-69) out of Naval Station Mayport, FL while on his junior cruise.