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Air Force ROTC College Scholarship Program


ELIGIBILITY: In order to be nominated by the SASI for an ROTC Scholarship, cadets must have a good academic and military standing. Additionally, to be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must achieve an SAT composite of 1180 on tests taken prior to March 2016 (math and critical reading portions only) or ACT composite of 26. SAT composite of 930 on tests taken after March 2016 with new SAT format (math and critical reading portions only) will be determined on a case-by-case basis to see if they meet eligibility requirements once an applicant uploads their scores. Applicant must also attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are no waivers or exceptions to this.

TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS: There are three different types of Air Force ROTC college scholarships, and the application process is the same for all of them. Three- and four-year scholarships are available.

 TYPE 1: Pays full college tuition, most fees, and a book allowance. Approximately 5 percent of 4-year scholarship winners will be offered a Type-1 scholarship (mostly in technical fields).

 TYPE 2: Pays college tuition and most fees up to $18,000 and a book allowance. Approximately 15 percent of 4-year scholarship winners will be offered a Type-2 scholarship (again, mostly in technical fields). If a student attends an institution where the tuition exceeds $18,000 per year, then he/she pays the difference. All 3-year scholarships are Type 2.

 TYPE 7: Pays college tuition up to the equivalent of a public school’s in-state rate and a book allowance. If a student receives a Type 7 offer but wishes to attend a college/university where they do not qualify under the guidelines, the student can convert the four-year Type 7 scholarship to a three-year Type 2 scholarship. You cannot activate a Type 7 scholarship at a non-qualifying school and pay the difference.

 LIVING EXPENSES: Upon activation, all scholarship cadets receive monthly living expenses stipend during the academic year. Currently, the monthly stipend is $300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors and $500 for seniors.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: The procedures for applying for an ROTC Scholarship will be briefed in the class by the SASI and/or a representative from the College ROTC program. However, it is the responsibility of cadets who are interested in a scholarship to speak with the SASI in January of their freshman year. This will give cadets time to enrol in college prep classes and to get involved in leadership development activities if they are not already doing so. Applications should be completed online ( in the fall of your senior year, but no later than December 1st. Once logged on to the website, you will have the ability to create a password and save your application and complete it at a later date. You will also need to download, print, and complete the Physical Fitness Assessment score sheet, the Counselor Certification Form, and a Personal Statement Form. These forms, along with a certified transcript and SAT/ACT scores must be mailed to the JROTC Scholarship office. You will need the following information to complete the application online:

  1. Social Security Number
  2. SAT and/or ACT Scores
  3. High School GPA
  4. Extra-curricular activities
  5. Information on any civil involvements (any arrests you may have had if applicable).

BOTTOM-LINE: To enhance your chances of getting an ROTC scholarship, you should take and excel in challenging classes, get involved in leadership development and citizenship activities (sports, clubs, student community service, etc.), and maintain a record of good conduct. You should also take the SAT/ACT by the end of your junior year and start the application process in the early fall of your senior year.

 NC-071 INSTRUCTOR’S SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who in the opinion of the aerospace science instructors, has contributed most to the overall success of the JROTC program.  These contributions are measured as follows:

  1. Is in the top 10% of the JROTC class;
  2. In the top 25% of the senior class;
  3. Acceptance letter from college;
  4. Demonstrated superior leadership and selfless dedication to the mission of JROTC by working numerous after-school and weekend hours on special projects and programs such as the dining-out, military ball, color guards, drill meets, and other community service projects;
  5. Achieved the rank of Lt Col or higher;
  6. Exemplified high moral character and good citizenship by maintaining a demerit-free record, no suspensions from school, and a 96% attendance rate.

This scholarship is funded through various donations to the JROTC program and may not be given if funds are not available.


Published by Betty Houghtaling on June 3, 2019
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