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NROTC Preparatory Scholarships

NROTC Preparatory Scholarships allow interested high school students, who show great potential via grades, character, and extra-curricular activities but might lack standardized test scores or advanced high school courses, to apply for one-year university, or privately funded scholarships. University NROTC Prep programs are designed to provide students the educational foundation necessary for success in the NROTC program and Navy.

For more information e-mail: Program Manager, NROTC Preparatory Program

NROTC Preparatory Scholarships Benefits

  • Full tuition, fees, room and board for the preparatory year
  • Upon prep year completion, the Navy NROTC scholarship supports tuition, books and fees for up to 40 months of benefits
  • Each participating University has its own unique NROTC preparatory program with its own unique benefits. Some of which include:
    • Academic or study-skills mentoring and education counseling
    • Association with NROTC units
    • Dedicated physical-fitness training
    • Focused preparatory or educational skills courses
    • Additional scholarships up to full room and board funded for the entire five years

Who Are We Looking For?

  • Individuals who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, and character but lack standardized test scores and advanced course completions due to a lack of opportunity.
  • ​Demonstrations of future Navy leadership potential include but are not limited to the following:
    • Leadership and participation in a variety of school, extracurricular, community or similar activities, particularly those with a charitable or public service purpose;
    • Receipt of civic or similar awards;
    • Demonstration of a desire to succeed and the ability to overcome barriers by excelling in school, sports, and/or overcoming personal adversity
    • Documentation as a role model by teachers and peers at their high school.
    • Not all the above factors need to be present.
    • ​The intent is to provide additional opportunities to all who, for any of the above or similar reasons, demonstrate the potential for future success as a naval officer.
  • The NROTC Preparatory Program leverages Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs to assist universities in identifying high-quality applicants, but not all university programs require NJROTC participation. 


  • NROTC Preparatory Program Scholarships are awarded from participating universities. Applicants should contact their target university admissions and the university NROTC unit for specific information.
  • A non-exhaustive list of individual NPP university requirements can be found at Summary of requirements and benefits for NPS participating schools
  • To be eligible for a follow-on NROTC scholarship, applicants must meet all National Scholarship requirements except ACT/SAT minimums. 

Service Obligations

  • Navy Option Scholarship Midshipmen (does not include Nurses or Marines) are required to serve a minimum of five years of active military service. Additional requirements may be required for specific job assignments.
  • Marine Corps Option Scholarship Midshipmen will be required to serve at least four years on active duty.
  • Navy Nurse Corps Option Scholarship Midshipmen will be required to serve at least four years on active duty.

Academic Year 2024-2025 Participating Schools:

  • Check back often as new universities may be added


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AlabamaAuburn University
AlabamaTuskegee University
ArizonaArizona State University
ArizonaUniversity of Arizona
CaliforniaSan Diego State University
CaliforniaUniversity of San Diego
FloridaJacksonville University
GeorgiaSavannah State University
IdahoUniversity Of Idaho
IllinoisIllinois Institute Of Technology
IndianaUniversity Of Notre Dame
LouisianaSouthern University And A&M College
MarylandUniversity Of Maryland, Baltimore County
MaineMaine Maritime Academy
MaineUniversity of Maine at Orono
New YorkFordham University
New YorkState University of New York Maritime College
OhioMiami University
OklahomaUniversity Of Oklahoma
South CarolinaBenedict College
South CarolinaMidlands Technical College
TennesseeUniversity of Memphis
VirginiaOld Dominion University
VirginiaRegent University
VermontNorwich University

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