ROTC is short for Reserve Officer Training Corps. ROTC programs are offered by the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy. The Navy ROTC program also serves the Marine Corps.
The ROTC awards scholarship to students who want to pursue a career in the United States Military. The scholarships were established to help educate and train students to become commissioned officers in the military.
The scholarships are awarded after a very competitive selective process and at any given time, over 40,000 students are enrolled in the programs with over 6000 being commissioned each year.
ROTC scholarships include full tuition, fee's, and books as well as other benefits.
Each branch of the Military offers it's own ROTC program and they differ in dollar amounts awarded, years a student may go to school, and the criteria in which the student is selected.
The Air Force
The Air Force ROTC scholarships are awarded by a selection board. The selection board looks at a student's high school academic record, leadership ability, and the student's extracurricular activities along with interviews with high school officials.
Once accepted, a student may choose a college of his choice, as long as it offers Air Force ROTC and is approved by the Air Force.
The scholarship may be for four years of fully paid tuition along with $510.00 a year for books.
Another option may be a scholarship for tuition and fee's up to $15,000.00 a year for three years, along with a $510.00 allowance, but amount of tuition over the $15,000.00 a year is paid by the student.
The students are also paid a stepind of $250.00 a month during the school year which is nontaxable.
There are other available options so call your Air Force Recruiter for more information.
The Army awards many ROTC scholarships, paying full tuition that can go up to $60,000.00 each year for up to four years.
Students take part in military and classroom training. Scholarships are awarded based on personal merit, academic achievement, personal interviews, and extracurricular activities.
There are up to 600 schools that accept Army ROTC students which gives the student a wide range of choices.
In addition, the Army offers scholarship for students who did not initially enter college under it's ROTC program. These scholarships are for two and or three year, depending on how much time the student has left in college.
These scholarships are for full tuition with a $150.00 monthly allowance, as long as the student is enrolled in a military science class.
The Army has no special requirement for a major, except for the enrollment in a military science class.
For other options and more information, contact your local Army recruiting station.
The Navy and the Marine Corps
The Navy offers four year scholarships to at least 60 or more universities around the country. The scholarships include full tuition, books, class fees, and $150.00 a month for expenses, but it does not pay for room and board.
A student may choose to go to a public or private college and pick his own major, but has to complete at least one year of calculus-based physics.
To qualify in the Navy's ROTC program, a student must score a minimum of 530 on the verbal part of the SAT and a minimum of 520 on the math. On the ACT, a student has to score at least 22 in both English and math.
The Navy offers two year full tuition scholarships that cover books, class fees and $200.00 a month allowance during a student's junior and senior years in college.
There are other options as well, so for more information, contact your local Navy and Marine recruiting station.
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