NROTC The University of Arizona

clear pixels

Scholarships for Midshipmen

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program was established to educate and train young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. The largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Program fills a vital need in preparing mature, young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

Scholarships are awarded through a highly competitive national selection process. Selected applicants receive full tuition and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities.

NROTC scholarship selectees are appointed midshipmen, U.S. Naval Reserve, by the Secretary of the Navy and are granted compensation and benefits authorized by law for four years of undergraduate study. Under certain conditions, midshipmen may become eligible for up to one additional year of scholarship compensation and benefits.

Students selected for the NROTC Scholarship Program make their own arrangements for college enrollment and room and board, and take the normal course load required by the college or university for degree completion. NROTC midshipmen lead basically the same campus lives as other undergraduates, and may participate in any extracurricular activities that do not interfere with NROTC requirements. However, during weekly drill instruction, summer training periods and in specified naval science classes, midshipmen wear uniforms furnished by the government and must conduct themselves in a military manner.

If the information you are looking for is not here, please pick up a NROTC Scholarship Bulletin from your local recruiter. If you have specific questions about the University of Arizona's NROTC program, contact the Recruiting Officer via e-mail or at (520) 626-5779. For more information please visit the U.S. Navy NROTC Homepage.

Preferred Majors

Naval Training Commands break up academic majors into three tiers. Tier one majors are most desirable to the Navy followed by tier two and then tier three. Students who have selected a tier one major have scholarship preference over tier two majors. Tier two majors have scholarship preference over tier three.

  • Tier one majors include: aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, systems engineering and electrical engineering.
  • Tier two majors include: other technical majors for example math, physics and chemistry.
  • Tier three majors are non-technical majors.

    To put it plainly, if you select a technical major, you are more likely to get a NROTC scholarship. There is a catch. Your scholarship is attached to the degree you select. If you move down in degree tier after receiving a scholarship, you might lose your scholarship for more information talk to your NROTC advisor.

    Four-year scholarship

    The four-year scholarship provides full tuition and educational fees, a stipend for textbooks, all uniforms, and a subsistence allowance each academic month. Scholarship midshipmen also embark on summer training during all three Summers while in the program.


    Two-year scholarship

    NROTC also offers a two-year scholarship program covering the final two years of college. It provides tuition, fees, textbooks and uniforms for two academic years and a subsistence allowance of $200 per month, for a maximum of 20 academic months. The program is open to college students who have completed their sophomore year or third year in a five-year curriculum. The deadline date for application is March 15 of the applicant's sophomore year. When accepted, students undergo a six-and-a-half-week course at the Naval Science Institute in Newport, RI, during the summer between their sophomore and junior years, to bring them up to date on the NROTC curriculum.

    LREC Scholarship

    LREC Scholarship New
    LREC and TIER Majors New

    To prescribe a NROTC Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) academic major policy for select midshipmen and ensure as commissioned officers, they possess LREC attributes desired by the Navy.

    College program

    The Navy also offers a two- or four-year non-subsidized College Program for students who want to serve their country in leadership roles as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.

    Applicants are selected from students already attending or accepted by colleges with NROTC Programs. NROTC pays for uniforms, books and instructional fees required for naval science courses taken by students. College Program students selected for 'advanced standing' receive $200 per month for a maximum of 20 academic months for the two-year program. In return for these benefits, College Program midshipmen are required to successfully complete naval science courses, a few specific university courses and attend one summer training session, normally at sea for Navy officers and at Quantico, VA, for Marine Corps-option midshipmen. Four-year applicants apply for enrollment through the professors of naval science upon commencement of their freshmen years. Two-year applicants apply before the spring of their sophomore years. When accepted, two-year applicants will attend the six-and-a-half week Naval Science Institute program in Newport, RI, during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Upon returning to college, they will be enrolled in the NROTC Program.

    College Program students who excel during their first year in the unit may be eligible to receive a three-year scholarship which covers tuition, books and provides a $200 per month stipend.

    After graduation from college and completion of the NROTC requirements, four-year and two-year College Program midshipmen may be commissioned ensigns in the Naval Reserve or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps Reserve. They incur obligations of eight years or commissioned service, of which a minimum of three years will be on active duty.

    College Program Application

    Nurse Corps NROTC scholarships are no longer offered at the University of Arizona as of May 2016