This is a more difficult scholarship to obtain than the Army and Air Force Scholarship.
For the academic year 2018-2019, more than 5,000 high school senior applications for the scholarship were reviewed.
About 1,500 applicants were awarded a scholarship.
The way Navy ROTC chooses scholarship winners is opaque and there is not a point total that they use. All Navy ROTC winners are chosen by an officer board that evaluates the scholar, athlete, leader credentials of each candidate.
There seems to be little variation for athlete or leader credentials for Navy ROTC.
Most important criteria for Navy ROTC:
Score a 700 or above on the Math SAT. Navy ROTC superscores the test.
Designate either a Tier I or Tier II Academic Major. Approximately 85% of Navy Option Navy ROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major
- Astronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture & Marine/Naval Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Ocean Engineering
- Systems Engineering
- Agricultural/Biological Engineering & Bioengineering
- Architectural Engineering/Architectural Engineering Technologies
- Astrophysics Biochemistry
- Biophysics & Molecular Biology
- Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Biomedical/Medical Engineering
- Biotechnology Cell/Cellular Biology & Anatomical Sciences
- Ceramic Sciences & Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Programming
- Computer Science/Info. Tech.
- Construction Engineering
- Electronics & Comm. Engineering
- Engineering Mechanics
- Engineering Science
- General Engineering
- General Science
- Industrial Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Metallurgical Engineering
- Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
- Mining & Mineral Engineering Nuclear & Industrial Radiologic Technology
- Petroleum Engineering
- Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
- Polymer/Plastics Engineering
- Quantitative Economics
- Textile Sciences & Engineering
Bottom line: Score a 700 SAT or above on Math and designate a Tier I or II major.
Navy ROTC- Marine Corps Option
By far the hardest scholarship to obtain because there are so few of them and it is so personalized. However, that can be an advantage to those candidates who have the motivation (and time) to work towards this scholarship.
For the academic year 2017-2018, more than 2,500 high school senior applications for the scholarship were reviewed.
About 336 applicants were awarded a scholarship.
Like Navy ROTC, the process is opaque and there is not a point total that they use. The Marine Corps awards scholarships by Recruiting District so it is important to have a good reputation and be known within your District. The following is a map of the districts:
You must be a solid performer with very good SAT/ACT Scores (goal is above 1300 SAT/27 ACT–the average SAT is 1240), with a good high school GPA. Navy ROTC-Marine Corps option is best sitting.
Most important criteria for Navy ROTC- Marine Corps Option:
Participate actively in physical fitness and other sessions with the local Marine Corps recruiting office in your area within your district. Be known, be seen.
Score above 265 on the Marine Corps Fitness Test. Retake it in order to score higher. For Male scholarship awardees, the average PFT score was 270. For Females, it was 262.
As you can see, there are different standards and criteria in order to win a scholarship. We have boiled this down to the bare essentials so you have an idea if you have a chance of winning a scholarship. We wish you the best of luck in your quest to become a military officer!
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