The 2020 scholarship application will be open from
1 April 2019 to 31 December 2019
All Navy and Nurse Option Officer Interviews must be conducted by an Officer at an NROTC Unit.



Applicants must use the online application to complete and submit all the required information in order to apply for the Navy ROTC scholarship.

This online application is extensive and may require several hours to complete. You are able to start the application and save your progress as you complete each section. We have provided an Application Information Checklist to assist you in gathering information and to streamline the process of applying for a scholarship.

Download an Application Information Checklist PDF

Applicants are asked to pick five Navy ROTC affiliated colleges or universities in their scholarship application. If selected, you WILL BE PLACED AT YOUR FIRST CHOICE SCHOOL. Your second through fifth school choices are used to measure interest in the NROTC program at those schools only. If you are awarded a scholarship, it will be placed at your first choice school and may not be used at any other NROTC school without prior approval. You must apply to, be accepted at, and enroll in your assigned school in order to utilize the scholarship. Applying to more than just your first choice school will increase the chances for acceptance and enrollment and will therefore increase the opportunities to use a scholarship if selected.

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

Scholarships will be awarded to a Navy ROTC unit in conjunction with the academic major and tier the applicant specified on their application. If offered the scholarship, the student will be expected to attend the school where their scholarship is placed and have the ability to request a change of placement as needed or desired. Requests are processed and approved by the NROTC Placement Office. The student must be mindful if they choose a cross-town school 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 they wish 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 Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC Unit- specifically Howard University, she may utilize it at Howard University.  If she wishes to change the location of the scholarship at any other Navy ROTC affiliated college or university, she must have applied for admission and been accepted at the school, as well as be approved for the scholarship to be moved to another school. She must declare Astrophysics as her degree program or she may choose another Tier 1 or Tier 2 major.

Portions of the information in your Navy ROTC application will be shared with the U.S. Naval Academy Admissions Office. However, in order to apply to the U.S. Naval Academy you must go to the website below and complete the application process.

Once you’ve submitted your application, you may update your information in your application until midnight, 31 January.

Requests to change your Program Option (Navy, Nurse or Marine) must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the application window closing.

Send updates to:





In addition to the online application, the following items must also be completed:

  • Applicants must conduct an Applicant Fitness Assessment (AFA) and provide the score sheet to your recruiter.  See the following link for information on the AFA:
  • Applicants must coordinate with their recruiter/coordinator in order to complete the following forms:
    • Statement of Understanding for Navy ROTC Application
    • Debarment Statement for Navy ROTC Application
    • Drug Statement for Navy ROTC Application
  • Applicants must coordinate with their recruiter/coordinator to conduct an officer interview.
    • Navy and Nurse applicants must conduct their officer interview with a staff officer at an NROTC Unit.
  • Applicants must ensure teacher recommendations, transcripts and test scores are received in order for their application to be processed.

Navy/Nurse Applicants:

  • Applicants are required to have their interview conducted by a staff officer at an NROTC Unit.
  • Applicants can schedule an officer Interview by calling, emailing or visiting the NROTC Unit's website. A complete list of our schools and their contact information can be found on our website at:
  • You must provide a copy of your application to the person conducting your officer Interview.

All Applicants:

Applicants must work with their recruiter/coordinator to ensure the application is complete and forwarded for consideration no later than 15 February in order for it to be considered by the selection board.

Applicant must continue to check their application status on the website to ensure their application is processed. Applicants can check their status by using the following link:

If you have changes or any updates to your application, use the Application Adjustments email below:

For Application Adjustments please email:


Requests to change your first choice school must include your planned college major at that school.
Once you've submitted your application, you may update your information in your application until midnight, 31 January.



At Recruiter level for Processing:
Application is not finished processing and may be missing some information

At NSTC level for Processing:
Application received by Naval Service Training Command and is being prepared for Board Review. Application is not finished processing and may be missing some information

Board Ready:
Application is complete and ready to go before a Selection Board

No Decision has been made:
Application is being or has been reviewed by a Selection Board



  • After the application is finalized, it will be presented to a Selection Board, a diverse panel of senior officers, that will make the selection decision.
  • If selected, the Navy ROTC Placement Office will place the scholarship at the applicant’s first choice school.
  • Change of placement requests are processed and approved by the NROTC Placement Office.
  • If selected, the status of the application will be updated on the Navy ROTC website. The applicant will be sent an email from the NROTC Placement office and a selection letter will be sent via U.S mail to the address provided in the application.
  • The applicant will then be contacted by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) to initiate a medical examination. Applicants must be found medically qualified for the Navy ROTC scholarship prior to activating their scholarship.
    Last Updated:  April 8th, 2019    
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