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Naval Rotc Scholarship Essays

The high school scholarship application process consists of several steps:

  1. Submit your online application between June 1, 2017, and December 1, 2017.
  2. After you complete the online application, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to download, electronically complete and submit/upload the following forms, which must be uploaded by January 12, 2018, at midnight CST.
    • Counselor Certification/Copy of Transcript (unofficial or official copy with ninth–11th grades only)
      • Download, print and submit the form to your counselor for review/approval and request a copy of your transcript (may be unofficial or official copy with ninth–11th grades only. DO NOT wait for your 12th-grade grades as they are not considered.). Scan and upload signed counselor certification form and signed transcript. These forms are required in order to maintain your eligibility. Faxed copies WILL NOT be accepted.
    • Extracurricular Activity Sheet
      • Please complete and submit the form online after completing your scholarship application. Faxed copies WILL NOT be accepted.
    • Physical Fitness Test
      • Print a copy of the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) work sheet. Take the work sheet with you when you complete your fitness assessment. Have the examiner fill in all of the information on the form and make sure he/she signs and dates the form.
      • After you have completed the PFA, use the work sheet (filled out by your examiner) to enter your results electronically in the fields provided. You will also need to scan/upload the completed and signed PFA form. Faxed copies WILL NOT be accepted.
      • NOTE: We will not accept any PFA scores/test from any other branch of service to include the United States Air Force Academy. Also, if you live in an area where the weather is bad in the winter, please do not wait until the deadline is approaching to take the test. There will be no exceptions made for extending the deadline due to inclement weather.
    • SAT and/or ACT scores and GPA must be submitted by January 12, 2018. Below are some helpful guidelines:
      • To be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must achieve an SAT composite of 1240 or ACT composite of 26. Applicant must also attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are no waivers or exceptions to the SAT/ACT or GPA requirements.
      • We now ONLY accept ACT/SAT scores electronically through the ACT or SAT agency using AFROTC Test Code 0548.
      • You must also enter your GPA electronically in the fields provided.

When you have completed all the steps above and have met all qualifications, a local AFROTC detachment will contact you to schedule an interview with an Air Force Officer. Then, a selection board made up of senior Air Force Officers will evaluate your record and interview to determine whether or not you will be offered a scholarship. They are considering your overall potential and the “whole person” concept, specifically evaluating the following criteria:

  • Leadership and work experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Results from your personal interview
  • Questionnaire results
  • Academic scores

If you do not receive a scholarship offer, you can still take Air Force ROTC classes your freshman year. If you receive a scholarship offer and decide to accept it, you will need to complete a medical exam and meet our physical requirements. Then you will receive further guidance from your Air Force ROTC detachment for the fall term.


Air Force ROTC will contact you periodically about your status, and you can track your application status online. After you submit your application, you will be notified via email of your eligibility status. If you have not heard anything within six weeks, it is your responsibility to contact Air Force ROTC.

It is critical that your current mailing address, email address and telephone number are accurate. For changes to your name, social security number, address or telephone number, call Air Force ROTC program at 866-423-7682.


After you’re selected, you must maintain a Term GPA and CGPA of 2.5 or higher to activate it. Four-year HSSP selectees activating in the fall term of the freshman year are exempt from this requirement. Keep in mind that summer terms, while not funded, will be used in calculating Term GPA and CGPA for scholarship eligibility.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to be medically certified before your scholarship benefits can begin. The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) will send you complete instructions. If you have a medical question, DODMERB is your only official source. Contact them at 719-333-3562.


You may withdraw your application at any time. Just send an email to the High School Scholarship Program Selections Section at

You may apply for any other officer training program, but once you enroll in another program, you will be removed from Air Force ROTC scholarship consideration. Other officer training programs include:

  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Military Academy
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Army ROTC Scholarship Program
  • Naval ROTC Scholarship Program
  • Marine Platoon Leaders Course

If you enroll in another program, notify the High School Scholarship Program Section immediately. Your failure to do this may cause permanent ineligibility for Air Force ROTC scholarships. If you choose to leave the other officer training program, you may apply for one of Air Force ROTC scholarships of fewer than four years if a waiver is granted.

I probably should have written this a couple months back when many of you were just starting your application. I’m trying to help out my fellow procrastinators get back in the game. Many of the applicants on my list still haven’t submitted everything, so this information may be relevant to more than a few of you.

Got an email from one of my applicants the other day. The applicant was asking about the essay on the Army ROTC scholarship application. He wanted to know how important it was, and what it should say. I would start out by saying that it is certainly not the most important part of the application. Your whole person score and your SAL attributes will carry most of the weight.

Here is what I would suggest you do when you write your essay. By no means is this the official answer, but my thoughts are that this may score you a couple bonus points and get you the slight edge in the process. There are two blocks on the application where you can add narrative input to your submission. These blocks are titled “Applicants Additional SAL Achievements” and “Personal Statement”.

Here is what I would suggest for the first. Take a look at the PMS interview sheet, and make sure you annotate anything on the front side of that sheet that would “check a block”. Highlight anything that has to do with Scholar/Athlete/Leader things you do. If you are weak in one area, don’t lie. Just make sure you are strong in another. Don’t discount things like responsibility at a part time job to show your leadership potential, or an individual sport to highlight your Athletic attributes. Don’t leave anything off the table in this block.

For the essay I suggest you look at three things (Google them):

I’ve linked each of these to the best link I found on Google. Once you have looked at these three topics I feel you have enough information to know what we are looking to instill in an Officer, and what we want in our Cadets. If you sit down and now write your personal statement describing why you want to be an Army Officer, and throw in some statements that sound like your values and beliefs align with the Soldier’s Creed/Warrior Ethos/Army Values/Leadership Dimensions you should have a personal statement that will convince a board member that you have what it takes.

Hope that makes sense…What do you think???

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