2016-2017 NROTC SCHOLARSHIP GUIDANCE FOR NJROTC/NNDCC CADETS

2016-2017 NROTC SCHOLARSHIP GUIDANCE FOR NJROTC/NNDCC CADETS

1. The NROTC scholarship program is designed to educate young men and women and prepare them for service as a commissioned officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. An NROTC Scholarship provides full tuition and educational fees at an affiliated college or university, a monthly subsistence allowance, and a stipend for text books.

2.  Information about this fantastic scholarship program is available at the NROTC web sitehttps://www.nrotc.navy.mil/.  SNSIs are encouraged to mentor college bound cadets interested in serving as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps to consider this program, and to assist them with completing the required application steps.

3.  Officer interviews from a Professor of Naval Science (PNS) at either the nearest or the first choice NROTC unit are preferred and will give good candidates the best opportunity for competing for a scholarship.  PNS officer interviews provide a quality look from an officer that is familiar with the NROTC program and can carefully evaluate potential.  A PNS interview helps ensure the program ultimately selects the best qualified candidates from a very competitive field .  When a PNS interview is not possible, retired officer SNSIs can conduct and complete the cadet applicant's officer interview; however, they may not also complete the "other teacher" recommendation called for in the application package - not the same as the Cadet Nomination.  SNSIs are encouraged to assist JROTC cadets with interview preparation.  A good interview is important.  The NROTC selection board carefully evaluates these interviews and we want our cadets to put their best feet forward during these interviews.

4. The minimum test scores to be eligible for a NROTC scholarship are:

                Navy/Nurse Option:
                        SAT:    530- Critical Reading (C/R) or Evidence Based Reading and Writing (ERW) / 520- Math
                        ACT:     22- English / 21- Math
                         Super scoring is authorized where SAT/ACT Math and English/Critical Reading scores are combined from two different tests to achieve qualifying scores.

                Marine Option:
                        SAT:    Combination of 1000, Math and Critical Reading Only
                        ACT:    Composite of 22 for ACT
                        Marine do not super score and only use scores from the most recent test.

                       Regardless of Option, tests must have been taken between Dec, 2014 and Dec, 2016.

5. All applicants must:  be a US citizen, be 17 years old by September 1st of the year starting college, and less than 23 years old by 31 December 2016, not have reached their 27th birthday by 31 December of the year of their graduation from college and commissioning, and apply for and gain admission to the NROTC college in which they intend to enroll.  It is the applicant's responsibility to gain admission to the selected host university.  Selection for a scholarship by a board does not guarantee entry into most NROTC host universities.  A Candidate Fitness Assessment and physical examination, conducted by competent medical authority and reviewed, detailed in paragraph 6 below, are also required for scholarship activation.

6. SNSIs should be aware when advising cadets of the following:

    a. An applicant must have graduated from high school before August 1 of the year they intend to start college.

    b. Scholarship awards are based on a candidate's whole person evaluated formally by a selection board.  Qualities considered include high school class standing, overall GPA, math and science grades, military potential, extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and college entrance test scores.

    c. Unlike other service ROTC scholarships, all Navy, Marine and Nurse NROTC scholarships pay all tuition and fees, provide a stipend for textbooks ($375/semester) and a subsistence allowance between $250 and $400 per month for a maximum of 40 academic months.  More information about the benefits from a Navy or Marine NROTC scholarship can be found on the website:www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarships.html.

    d. NROTC scholarship Midshipmen will have other expenses.  Some universities fund room & board for NROTC scholarship Midshipmen, but most do not.  Candidates are encouraged to carefully evaluate the benefits offered at the schools they list for their preferences, along with a realistic view of which institutions they are likely or not likely to be offered admission.  Health care coverage is not provided.  Other sources of financial assistance may be available and normally can be combined with NROTC scholarship benefits.

    e. To be considered for an NROTC scholarship, candidates must submit their electronic web application via the NROTC website NLT midnight central standard time on 31 Jan 2017.

7. Because scholarship winners ultimately will commission as a Line Officer, Nurse in the Navy, or as a Marine Officer, NROTC scholarship candidates must pass a stringent physical examination. The physical qualification process is independent of the scholarship selection process and does not begin until a candidate is selected by a board and offered an NROTC scholarship.  Scholarship awardees must receive a favorable response in the area of general physical requirements from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB), which schedules and reviews all physical examinations for potential NROTC scholarship recipients. Some of the more frequent potentially disqualifying physical conditions include bit are not limited to variances from Navy requirements of visual acuity, defects in hearing, poor dental health, abnormal heartbeat, severe allergies, chronic skin conditions, asthma, and neuropsychiatric disorders. Alcohol or drug abuse are causes for disqualification. Cadets should remember that a scholarship requires selection by the board and physical qualification and acceptance to a host school college or university.

8.  The typical profile for scholarship selectees is impressive.  Candidates selected for an NROTC scholarship last year had the following average profile: combined SAT score (Math and English: 1396; average SAT math score was 693; average SAT verbal score was 702; average GPA was 3.84; 22% had JROTC experience; 42% were military dependents, and 91% planned a technical major in college.  These were averages, and are not intended to discourage applicants, rather they provide a feel for the competitive nature of the scholarship.

9. Navy Nurse NROTC scholarships are available to cadets interested in completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and serving as a Navy Nurse.  Competition for this program is keen.  Only XX candidates will be selected this year.  Nurse option students must meet the  NROTC age requirements, and restricted line physical standards.  The course of study for nurses is challenging but does not require completion of engineering level calculus, calculus-based physics, American military history/national security policy, naval ship systems, and navigation courses, as the Navy NROTC program does.  Nurse option students do participate in two summer cruise training evolutions.  Selectees for the Nurse Corps incur a 4-year active duty service obligation. Program leaders are highly encouraged to mentor well-suited candidates for this program to apply and to provide a Cadet Nomination Form for consideration by the selection board.

10. Cadets interested in gaining a Navy commission by attending a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) affiliated with the NROTC program on scholarship are encouraged to apply for a Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation (MSISR).   An MSISR provides the same benefits as the Navy option NROTC scholarship, at an MSI.  Cadets interested in applying for this scholarship seek a nomination from the PNS at the NROTC MSI they wish to attend.  Minimum SAT/ACT requirements and submission deadlines are the same as those for the National NROTC Scholarship.  The Marine Corps does offer an equivalent program, the Frederick C. Branch leadership scholarship program is named in honor of the first African American Marine Corps officer who was commissioned as a second lieutenant (2ndLt) on 10 November 1945 and the Pedro Del Valle leadership scholarship program named in honor of the first Hispanic Marine Corps Lieutenant General.   Eligibility is determined primarily by attendance at an MSI.  Scholarships and benefits are the same as those of a NROTC Marine Option Scholarship student.  Information about this program is also available on the NROTC website and from NROTC MSIs.

11. Alternative Scholarship Reservation guidance was recently promulgated via NJROTC Official Mail Ser 18-16:  2016-2017 NROTC ALTERNATIVE SCHOLARSHIP RESERVATIONS (ASR) GUIDANCE.  ASRs have equivalent benefits and status of Navy option NROTC scholarships.  Cadets interested in a Navy NROTC scholarship are highly encouraged to apply for both a national scholarship and the ASR.  The process for applying for the ASR is the same as for the national scholarship with the exception that a Cadet must also complete and submit the two page ASR nomination form to the Area Manager.  Area Managers will forward completed ASR forms and their recommended rankings to NSTC for ultimate competitive selection by a CNSB.

12. Instructors are directed to provide information and assist interested and eligible cadets to the maximum extent possible.