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Top 32 ROTC Scholarships in February 2024

Written by Qiyam Stewart

Qiyam Stewart a former Scholarships360 writer who focuses on scholarships and financial aid. As an Admissions Fellow at Kenyon College, Qiyam has worked in the admissions office and interviewed prospective high school students applying to Kenyon. Qiyam currently attends Kenyon College as a Philosophy major and double concentration in Law & Society and African Diaspora Studies.

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Updated: September 19th, 2023

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) makes it possible for college students to earn their degree while training to become commissioned officers in the United States Military. If this is you, there are so many resources, including ROTC Scholarships, that can help you to get through college with relative financial ease!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

U.S. Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship

Offered by Department of the Army

Multiple awards worth $1,620
Deadline Mar 11, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman, College Sophomore & College Senior

Offered by Department of the Army

The U.S. Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for incoming college freshmen who will join the ROTC program at their institution and have…Show More

The U.S. Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for incoming college freshmen who will join the ROTC program at their institution and have…Show More

The U.S. Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for incoming college freshmen who will join the ROTC program at their institution and have a passion for nursing. To be eligible for this one-time award, applicants must have been accepted into an accredited nursing program, pass the ROTC physical evaluation, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and be a U.S. citizen with a qualifying SAT or ACT score. To learn more about the application process, we recommend reaching out to the Recruiting Operations Officer at the school you plan to attend. Don't miss out on this chance to pursue your nursing dreams while serving your country!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,620
Deadline Mar 11, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman, College Sophomore & College Senior
Get Started

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Apply

Ethyl and Armin Wiebke Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Women Marines Association

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Women Marines Association

Ethyl and Armin Wiebke Memorial Scholarship applicants must (1) have served, or be currently serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve, (2) be…Show More

Ethyl and Armin Wiebke Memorial Scholarship applicants must (1) have served, or be currently serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve, (2) be…Show More

Ethyl and Armin Wiebke Memorial Scholarship applicants must (1) have served, or be currently serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve, (2) be a direct descendant by blood, legal adoption, or stepchild of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve, (3) be a sibling or a descendant of a sibling by blood, legal adoption, or stepchild of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve, (4) be a spouse of a Marine, or (5) have completed two years in a Marine Corps JROTC program. All applicants must be sponsored by a WMA member. Two letters of reference are required. Applications may be submitted through mail or email. If you meet one of the above eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Lily H. Gridley Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Women Marines Association

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Women Marines Association

Lily H. Gridley Memorial Scholarship applicants must (1) have served, or be currently serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve, (2) be a…Show More

Lily H. Gridley Memorial Scholarship applicants must (1) have served, or be currently serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve, (2) be a…Show More

Lily H. Gridley Memorial Scholarship applicants must (1) have served, or be currently serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve, (2) be a direct descendant by blood, legal adoption, or stepchild of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve, (3) be a sibling or a descendant of a sibling by blood, legal adoption, or stepchild of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve, (4) be a spouse of a Marine, or (5) have completed two years in a Marine Corps JROTC program. All applicants must be sponsored by a WMA member. Two letters of reference are required. Applications may be submitted through mail or email. If you meet one of the above eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Army ROTC Study.com Scholarship

Offered by Study.com

1 award worth $500
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

Offered by Study.com

The Army ROTC Study.com Scholarship wants to recognize students who have the dedication and strength of character necessary to be successful in the competitive ROTC…Show More

The Army ROTC Study.com Scholarship wants to recognize students who have the dedication and strength of character necessary to be successful in the competitive ROTC…Show More

The Army ROTC Study.com Scholarship wants to recognize students who have the dedication and strength of character necessary to be successful in the competitive ROTC program. Selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities. Financial need will not be considered. Applicants must be enrolled (or accepted) in the school's Army ROTC program. They must also have a minimum of 30 semesters or 45 quarter hours still to be completed. Please visit the scholarship's website for more information.Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

FRA Education Foundation Scholarships

Offered by Fleet Reserve Association

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Fleet Reserve Association

Are you related to or are a member of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard pursuing a degree? If so, consider applying for…Show More

Are you related to or are a member of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard pursuing a degree? If so, consider applying for…Show More

Are you related to or are a member of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard pursuing a degree? If so, consider applying for the FRA Education Foundation Scholarships! The scholarships are open to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard members, and their relatives pursuing any type of postsecondary education. The scholarships are funded by the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), a non-profit organization that advocates for service members, veterans, and their families, and helps deserving students reach their educational and professional goals. To contribtute to this mission, their scholarships award up to $5,000 to help lucky recipients fund their educations. If you are a member or relative of a veteran or service member and are looking for a scholarship opportunity, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Patriots Path Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

5 awards worth $400
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

The Patriots Path Scholarship is set to empower JROTC and ROTC participants by making college more affordable and accessible. Prepare for a future of heroism…Show More

The Patriots Path Scholarship is set to empower JROTC and ROTC participants by making college more affordable and accessible. Prepare for a future of heroism…Show More

The Patriots Path Scholarship is set to empower JROTC and ROTC participants by making college more affordable and accessible. Prepare for a future of heroism in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marines with the critical development programs of JROTC and ROTC. Across the nation, over 550,000 students engage in JROTC, equipping themselves for life beyond graduation, regardless of their military aspirations. Not only do JROTC participants boast higher graduation rates and GPAs, but they also have the opportunity to benefit from ROTC scholarships when pursuing higher education. This scholarship is open to any high school senior in JROTC or undergraduate student in ROTC who maintains a commendable 3.0 GPA. To apply, share your story, your unwavering commitment to a military career, and the activities you've embraced to prepare yourself for serving your country.Show Less

5 awards worth $400
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

Project GO Scholarship

Offered by Project GO

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Project GO

Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project…Show More

Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project…Show More

Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project GO Scholarship! The Project GO Scholarship is open to ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) and PLC (Marine Platoon Leaders Class) students planning to improve their language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills. Applicants must also be willing to remain in ROTC or PLC for the duration of their program. The scholarship is sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense that provides strategic direction, supports policy development, and provides oversight for the Military Departments and Defense Agencies on present and future requirements related to language, regional expertise, and culture. The DLNSEO also offers a portfolio of programs that provide language support for the Department. Recipients of the DLNSEO's Project GO Scholarship are awarded the full expenses to cover living costs and accommodations for their program. If you’re an ROTC or PLC member passionate about intercultural communication, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Army ROTC High School Scholarships

Offered by United States Army

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College Students

Offered by United States Army

Are you a high school junior or senior interested in joining the Army after college? If so, consider applying for the Army ROTC High School…Show More

Are you a high school junior or senior interested in joining the Army after college? If so, consider applying for the Army ROTC High School…Show More

Are you a high school junior or senior interested in joining the Army after college? If so, consider applying for the Army ROTC High School Scholarships! The scholarship is open to college-bound high school upperclassmen who meet the physical requirements of an Army fitness test. Applicants should also be willing to commit to either full- or part-time service in the U.S. Army after graduation. The United States Army offers this scholarship and other programs to relieve the financial pressure on future servicemen and women as they pursue their education and army training. Multiple recipients are chosen to receive up to 100% tuition coverage, in addition to receiving a monthly stipend of $420 per month. Lastly, scholarship recipients also receive up to $1,200 per year to pay for books and housing. If you are interested in serving in the Army upon graduation and would some financial help getting there, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP)

Offered by U.S. Air Force ROTC

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by U.S. Air Force ROTC

Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program!…Show More

Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program!…Show More

Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program! The ISCP is open to college freshmen and sophomores in specific majors whose universities host an Air Force ROTC program and who have completed at least one term as full-time students.  The U.S. Air Force ROTC offers the scholarship program as a way to support students and develop leaders for future members of the air force. Thus, students who are selected for the program must accept a commission as an Air or Space Force officer and serve at least four years on active duty. In addition to this, chosen applicants may receive scholarships in varying amounts to help with their tuition costs. Bear in mind that there is no formal application process for the Program. Rather, Air Force ROTC staff evaluate and nominate cadets themselves. For more details on the In-College Scholarship Program, we recommend contacting your school’s AFROTC detachment. Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

Scholarships for Military Children Program

Offered by Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

500 awards worth $2,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Are you a current or prospective college student whose parents are serving or retired from the military? If so, consider applying for the Scholarships for…Show More

Are you a current or prospective college student whose parents are serving or retired from the military? If so, consider applying for the Scholarships for…Show More

Are you a current or prospective college student whose parents are serving or retired from the military? If so, consider applying for the Scholarships for Military Children Program! The program is open to incoming and current college students at two- and four-year institutions whose parents are serving or retired from the military. The program is offered by the Fisher House Foundation, Inc, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization that focuses on building homes for military and veteran families to help them while a loved one is in the hospital. Every year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program awards $2,000 each to 500 postsecondary students whose parents have previously or are currently serving in the military. If you are from a military family and are looking for a scholarship opportunity, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

500 awards worth $2,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association Scholarship

Offered by Army Women United

2 awards worth $1,500
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Army Women United

Are you an incoming college student who is a relative of an Army Service Woman? If so, consider applying for the Women’s Army Corps Veterans’…Show More

Are you an incoming college student who is a relative of an Army Service Woman? If so, consider applying for the Women’s Army Corps Veterans’…Show More

Are you an incoming college student who is a relative of an Army Service Woman? If so, consider applying for the Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association Scholarship! The scholarship is open to the children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of Army Women who will be enrolling full-time in an accredited U.S. university. The scholarship is offered by the Women's Army Corps (WAC), a non-profit and non-partisan organization that provides support and services to make life more comfortable for people serving their country. The scholarship seeks to recognize the academic excellence and leadership qualities of Army Service Women's relatives. Every year, two winners receive a $1,500 scholarship to help pay for their desired degree. If you are a relative of an Army Woman and would like some help paying for your education, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

2 awards worth $1,500
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Navy ROTC Scholarship

Offered by Naval Service Training Command

Multiple awards worth Varies
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Naval Service Training Command

Are you a high school senior or college freshman interested in attending an NROTC Affiliated university? If so, consider applying for the Navy ROTC Scholarship!…Show More

Are you a high school senior or college freshman interested in attending an NROTC Affiliated university? If so, consider applying for the Navy ROTC Scholarship!…Show More

Are you a high school senior or college freshman interested in attending an NROTC Affiliated university? If so, consider applying for the Navy ROTC Scholarship! The scholarship is open to current and prospective students looking to enroll at an NROTC Affiliated School. The Naval Service Training Command, the largest shore command of the United States Navy, offers the scholarship. Their mission is to provide “the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development,” in addition to the recruiting and training of those who wish to serve the nation. Every year, multiple applicants receive the Navy ROTC scholarship in varying amounts to help fund their studies. If you are interested in attending a Navy ROTC-affiliated college or university, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
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How to win ROTC scholarships

Now that you’ve got a list of ROTC scholarships to apply for, it’s time to start working on your applications. Before you begin to write your essays, it’s a good idea to take some time to reflect on what approach you’ll take. Here are a few things you should make sure to emphasize in your application:

  • Why you are passionate about serving in the military – Whether you have a family history of military service or an experience that first interested you in serving, make sure to include it
  • Experiences that speak to your sense of discipline, teamwork, leadership, and responsibility – Serving in the military takes an extraordinary amount of each of these qualities. Try asking your family and friends for accomplishments or experiences that serve as testaments to your strengths and prepare anecdotes for your essays
  • Ambitions for your future in the military – One great way to show your commitment to the military is to demonstrate that you have already thought out a future for yourself. Think about what part of the military you’d like to serve in and what you’d like to bring to the table, and include this information in your essays

Writing your application essays

Essays are a huge component of the scholarship process, and they require a unique style of writing in order to succeed. Check out our guide on how to write a winning scholarship essay to get started. We also have guides on how to start a scholarship essay, how to write about yourself, and how to tailor your writing to a 250 or 500 word limit. Good luck!

Also see: What are American Military Universities?

Resources for ROTC students

American Military Academies

Our guide to American Military Academies can help you decide whether a military academy is a good fit for your future career goals. We’ll also walk you through how easy it is to get into each one, and the different types of academies. We also have a guide to help you get into West Point, arguably the most competitive American Military Academy.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Students who go on to serve in the military are often eligible for PSLF, or Public Service Loan Forgiveness. If you are sure that you want a career in the military post-graduation, check out our guide to the program to find out how you can take advantage of it.

FAFSA guide

One of your first steps when it comes to paying for college should always be to fill out the FAFSA. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for any need-based aid, it’s worth a shot. You’ll at least be able to take out federal loans, which are more favorable than most private loans.

GoArmy Scholarships

The GoArmy website contains a highly detailed guide on the scholarships they offer and their requirements. This should be one of your first stops when looking for ROTC scholarships – if one of these works out, you may not have to apply for any others!

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to make a service commitment to earn an army scholarship?

Some of these scholarships, including the ones provided directly by the government, do require a service commitment. The length of these service commitments will vary based on the scholarship. If a student decides that they no longer see a career for themself in the army, they will not be forced to go, but will have to pay back the scholarship money, which can be financially devastating.

So, it’s a good idea to be 100% sure of your decision before you take ROTC scholarship money that comes with a service commitment.

Do I have to complete JROTC to get an ROTC scholarship?

JROTC is a great way to get a leg-up on ROTC scholarships, as it shows a history of commitment to the program. It also demonstrates that you have been completing similar coursework already and have found success in it. That being said, it is not a firm requirement. Many students who did not attend JROTC programs end up receiving ROTC scholarships.

If you are not in JROTC but hope to earn ROTC scholarships, it’s a good idea to try and enroll in some extracurriculars that could be applicable to a future career in the ROTC. This will help compensate for a relative lack of experience.

Do ROTC students have to pay for college?

Although many ROTC students receive generous scholarships from a combination of federal and private sources, most still have to pay for college. Students at the most competitive colleges such as West Point, however, do receive full scholarships.

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