Scholarships

National Scholarship

General Information

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program was established to educate and train young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. The largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC 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. Students interested in joining the NROTC program may apply for the four year National Scholarship or join as a College Program student. Four year scholarship selectees are appointed as Midshipmen, U.S. Naval Reserve, by the Secretary of the Navy and are granted compensation and benefits authorized by law for four years of undergraduate study. Under certain conditions, midshipmen may become eligible for up to one additional year of scholarship compensation and benefits. Students selected for the NROTC Scholarship Program make their own arrangements for college enrollment and room and board, and take the normal course load required by the college or university for degree completion. Use the link below to go to the NROTC homepage where you can apply for the National Scholarship. The deadline to apply for the four year National Scholarship is December 31st of the year before expected enrollment for a Fall semester, e.g. December 31, 2019 for Fall 2020.

National Scholarship

Preferred Majors

Naval Training Commands break up academic majors into three tiers:

  • TIER ONE MAJORS are engineering/technical majors deemed desirable by the Navy and include: aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, systems engineering and electrical engineering.
  • TIER TWO MAJORS are other technical majors to include: math, physics, chemistry, etc.
  • TIER THREE MAJORS are all non-technical majors.

     

To put it plainly, if you select a technical major, you are more likely to get a NROTC scholarship. There is a catch. Your scholarship is attached to the degree you select. If you move down in degree tier after receiving a scholarship, you might lose your scholarship.

Benefits

The four-year scholarship provides FULL tuition and educational fees, a stipend for textbooks, all uniforms, and a subsistence allowance each academic month. Scholarship midshipmen also embark on summer training during all three Summers while in the program.

Midshipman on Scholarship currently receive the following stipends:

Freshman: $250

Sophomores: $300

Juniors: $350

Seniors: $400 

All Year Groups: Textbook Stipend of $375/semester

Unaffiliated college students (college students not currently enrolled in NROTC) may apply to three and two year scholarships, which provides all the same benefits as the National Scholarship. College Program students are automatically considered for the the three or two year scholarship (whichever is applicable) every summer. Requirements for applicants include having between 30 to 120 semester hours, a minimum college GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0, and admittance (or be in the process of admittance) to the University of Arizona or Pima Community College. Please contact the NROTC Recruiting Officer, or Marine Officer Instructor for Marine Option, to apply. Deadline to apply for the three and two year scholarships are May 31st prior to attendance in the Fall, e.g. May 31, 2020 for Fall 2020.

The Presidential NROTC Preparatory Scholarship is a special scholarship in which recipients will be provided benefits that pay for tuition, fees, and room & board for one year with a focus on academic fundamentals and military orientation to prepare the student for success in the NROTC program. Upon passing the initial year, students will be granted a four year NROTC scholarship at their institution. Students must meet more strict requirements as far as major choice and performance during the scholarship to continue their eligibility (see General Info below). The deadline to apply to the Presidential NROTC Scholarship is January 31, 2023.

 

The Presidential NROTC Preparatory Scholarship is a special scholarship in which recipients will be provided benefits that pay for tuition, fees, and room & board for one year with a focus on academic fundamentals and military orientation to prepare the student for success in the NROTC program. Upon passing the initial year, students will be granted a four year NROTC scholarship at their institution. Students must meet more strict requirements as far as major choice and performance during the scholarship to continue their eligibility (see General Info below). The deadline to apply to the Presidential NROTC Scholarship is February 28, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

LREC Scholarship

 

Students interested in majoring in a foreign language or in a regional/cultural area instead of an engineering, math, physics, or other tier 1 or 2 major may select to apply for the Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) Scholarship. The LREC Scholarship offers the same benefits provided by the National Scholarship. Recipients will be required to major in a foreign language required by the Navy and complete four associated courses (12 semester credit hours) in a region/cultural area that is associated with the selected language, or major in a region/cultural area required by the Navy and complete four associated courses (12 semester hours) in a foreign language that is associated with the selected region/cultural area. Acceptable region/cultural areas and foreign languages are listed below. To apply for the LREC Scholarship, indicate you are interested when applying for the National Scholarship.

 

Regions/Cultural Areas

Foreign Languages

Africa

  1. Sub-Sahara
  2. North Africa

Middle East

Arabic

Hebrew

Persian

Swahili

South Asia

Cambodian

Hindi

Portuguese

Tagalog

Southeast Asia

Central Asian Lang.

Indonesian

Russian

Thai

Central Asia

Southwest Asia

Chinese

Japanese

Serbo-Croatian

Turkish

East Asia/China

Russia/Eastern Europe

Dari

Kurdish

Somali

Urdu

Middle/Central/Latin America

 

Farsi

Malay

Spanish

Vietnamese

 

 

French

Pashto

 

MSI Scholarship

The Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservations (MSISR) provides the same benefits as the National Scholarship. The MSISR is only available for applicants seeking to commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. To apply for the MSISR, please indicate your interest on the National Scholarship application.

MSI Scholarship

The Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservations (MSISR) provides the same benefits as the National Scholarship. The MSISR is only available for applicants seeking to commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. To apply for the MSISR, please indicate your interest on the National Scholarship application.

 
The Pedro De Valle (PDV) Scholarship provides the same benefits as the National Scholarship. Recipients will have the option of attending either the University of Arizona for all four years or the nearby Pima Community College for the first two years before transferring to the University of Arizona to complete their Bachelor program. The students opting to attend Pima Community College will still be required to attend all NROTC events located on or near the University of Arizona campus. The PDV Scholarship is only available for applicants seeking to commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. The deadline to apply for the PDV Scholarship is July 14th prior to attending the Fall semester, e.g. July 14, 2020 for Fall 2020.

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