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Eligibility Requirements

  • 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
  • Physically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards
  • 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
  • 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)

*This requirement may be waived for college program applicants

  • Navy (including Nurse Option):
    – SAT: 530 verbal; 520 math
    – ACT: 22 verbal; 22 math
  • Marine Corps Option:
    – SAT: 1000 composite
    – ACT: 45 combined score
  • SAT/ACT math and English scores must be from same test; applicants cannot combine best math with best English scores to achieve qualifying score
  • Students with more than 30 semester hours or 40 quarter hours of college credit upon application or students already enrolled in NROTC College Program are not eligible for four-year NROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval science at host university’s NROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities
  • Students may apply for only one of the three scholarship program options-Navy, Marine Corps or Nurse
  • Navy and Nurse-option applicants should apply through Navy recruiting offices
  • Marine Corps applicants should apply through Marine Corps recruiting offices
  • You may start the process of applying for the NROTC National Scholarship during the Spring of your junior year of high school. 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.