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Scholarship Selection Criteria

You may start the process of applying during the second semester of your junior year of high school.  Students may apply for only one of the three scholarship program options-Navy, Nurse or Marine Corps.  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.

Students w/30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application 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.

Active duty Navy applicants are ineligible to apply for NROTC. Active members of other branches of the military may apply if granted a conditional release. Individuals who are scheduled for boot camp may apply but cannot report to boot camp before a decision is made on their application.  If they wish to report to boot camp prior to a decision being made they must withdraw their application in writing.

NAVY


ACADEMIC MAJOR - TIER

The Navy is preparing our officer corps of the future to meet the dynamic challenges in the next generation of technology and leadership. In structuring our academic programs to meet these challenges, undergraduate academic majors for NROTC Navy option midshipmen are divided into three categories or tiers: Tier 1 - engineering programs of Navy interest, Tier 2 - other engineering, math and science programs, Tier 3 - Foreign language and remaining academic programs. In order to keep pace in this high tech and diverse environment, approximately 85% of Navy Option NROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major. The NROTC scholarship provides full tuition and fees at 159 of our nation's most elite and prestigious colleges and universities.

Tier 1 Academic Majors

Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Naval Architecture & Marine/Naval Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Systems Engineering

Tier 2 Academic Majors

Agricultural/Biological Engineering & Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering/Architectural Engineering Technologies
Astrophysics
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Biotechnology
Cell/Cellular Biology & Anatomical Sciences
Ceramic Sciences & Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Programming
Computer Science/Info. Tech.
Construction Engineering
Electronics & Comm. Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science

General Engineering
General Science
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
Mining & Mineral Engineering
Nuclear & Industrial Radiologic Technology
Oceanography
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Physics
Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
Polymer/Plastics Engineering
Quantitative Economics
Statistics
Textile Sciences & Engineering

We realize that some of the academic majors listed above may not match word-for-word the majors offered at each of the more than 150 colleges and universities partnered with NROTC. If you have questions about how a major at a particular school fits into our NROTC academic major tier categories or our language program, please contact the NROTC unit located at that school. Or, you can contact the NROTC scholarship office at pnsc_nrotc.scholarship@navy.mil

Tier 3 Academic Majors

Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors (all other academic majors not listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2) should examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program.  Annually, the Navy will offer this program to 20 - 30 students. Attainment of a specific level of language proficiency is not required by the NROTC LREC program.

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LREC - TIER 3

Regions/cultural areas and languages available for study are listed below.  Selected languages and regional/cultural areas must be related.

Regional/Cultural Areas

Africa
  1. Sub-Sahara
  2. North Africa
Central Asia
East Asia/China
Middle/Central/Latin America
Middle East
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Southwest Asia
Russia/Eastern Europe

Foreign Languages

Arabic
Cambodian
Central Asian Lang.
Chinese
Dari
Farsi
French

Hebrew
Hindi
Indonesian
Japanese
Kurdish
Malay
Pashto
Persian
Portuguese
Russian
Serbo-Croatian
Somali
Spanish

Swahili
Tagalog
Thai
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese

For the LREC program you are required to either:

1) Major in a foreign language required by the Navy and complete four (4) associated classes (12 semester credit hours) in a region/cultural area associated with the selected language; or
2) Major in a region/cultural area required by the navy and complete four (4) associated classes (12 semester credit hours) in a foreign language associated with the region/cultural area.

The Navy will activate scholarships upon the satisfactory development of a degree plan with the host NROTC unit and university and upon enrollment in the assigned academic major.  NROTC midshipmen may lose their scholarship if they request a change from Tier 1 or Tier 2 major to a Tier 3 major.  Similarly, Tier 3 LREC majors may lose their scholarship if they depart their course of study prior to graduation.

Academic majors listed in each Tier may vary year to year dependent on the Navy's requirements, however once accepted into an academic major and Tier, a student’s Tier status will not change.

A student may request a modification from their original academic major. Changing from a Tier 1, Tier 2, or LREC major requires approval from a formal panel and will be based on the needs of the Navy.

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)

SAT/ACT TESTS

Qualifying scores on Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)

SAT/ACT Math and English / Critical Reading scores can be from two different tests; applicants can combine best Math w/ best English / Critical Reading scores to achieve qualifying scores. (Navy and Nurse Option only)

SAT: 520 Math; 530 Verbal/Critical Reading
ACT: 21 Math; 22 English

If these academic criteria cannot be met, other opportunities exist for an NROTC scholarship -- please contact your local Navy Recruiter or NROTC Unit

Valid Test Dates for the 2015 Scholarship Year are December 2012 through December 2014


Apply for and gain admission to NROTC colleges offering the nursing academic program (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)

SAT/ACT Math and English / Critical Reading scores can be from two different tests; applicants can combine best Math w/ best English / Critical Reading scores to achieve qualifying scores. (Nurse and Navy Option only)

SAT: 520 Math; 530 Verbal/Critical Reading
ACT: 21 Math; 22 English

If these academic criteria cannot be met, other opportunities exist for an NROTC scholarship -- please contact your local Navy Recruiter or NROTC Unit

Valid Test Dates for the 2015 Scholarship Year are December 2012 through December 2014.


General eligibility requirements for the program are as follows:

  • Be physically qualified by Marine Corps standards. Applicants will be required to complete a physical fitness test (PFT) consisting of a three-mile run for time, sit-ups, and dead-hang pull-ups for males/flexed armed-hang for females.  Marine Corps Physical Fitness Program PDF
  • Have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses..
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), or the American College Test (ACT).   The SAT math and critical reading scores must be from the same and most recent test.  Applicants cannot combine their best math and critical reading scores from the SAT to achieve the qualifying score for application. (Marine Corps Option only).

SAT: 1000 Combination of Math and Critical Reading Only
ACT minimum composite score of 22
Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT): 74

If these academic criteria cannot be met, other opportunities exist for an NROTC scholarship -- please contact your local Marine Recruiter or NROTC Unit.

Valid Test Dates for the 2015 Scholarship Year are December 2012 through December 2014.

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