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Scholarship Strategy
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less on your debt.

A strategic approach can be just as important in landing that ROTC scholarship as it is to successful leadership. There are choices you can make along the way, from clubs and organizations you participate in, to academic paths which improve your odds of being awarded an ROTC scholarship. Not every option is right for your particular goals and interests, but read on and pick what’s right for you.

How to get highly competitive for an AFROTC scholarship at Norwich:

Scholarships are merit based. The AROTC Order of Merit List is based on academic GPA weighted by academic discipline, ROTC GPA, physical fitness score, extracurricular activities, APMS points, etc. Performance creates opportunity; the better you perform as Scholars, Athletes and Leaders, the higher your probability of earning a scholarship.

What are the best majors for seeking an AFROTC scholarship at Norwich:

While you can pursue any major, scholarship awards are heavily weighted to STEM majors.

Applying for Scholarships

There are three avenues to receive a college scholarship through AFROTC while at Detachment 867.

High School Scholarship Program (HSSP)

The High School Scholarship Program is now open.

HOW TO APPLY: Student interested in the High School Scholarship Programs must apply on their own. Apply on U.S. Air Force ROTC.

Deadline(s): Vary year to year by career track choice, but each usually fall between December 1st and January 31st of the student’s Senior year of High School.

For applicants who are interested in choosing the U.S. Air Force career track, you have until December 31, 2022, to submit your initial application. Once submitted, you then have until January 12, 2023, to submit all remaining application materials.

For applicants who are interested in choosing the U.S. Space Force career track, you have until November 30, 2022, to submit your initial application. Once submitted, you then have until December 31, 2022, to submit all remaining application materials.

Charles McGee Leadership Award (CMLA)

Offered to Professor Officer Course (POC) cadets after successfully completing Field Training.

In College Scholarship Program (ICSP)

In-college scholarships are given out to students who have academically excelled in the classroom, in AFROTC LLAB, maintain a passing Physical Fitness Assessment, are medically qualified and meet all other prerequisites according to Headquarters AFROTC.

HOW TO APPLY: Students do not apply for In College Program scholarships, rather they request their ROTC Professors to consider them for a scholarship. The Detachment 867 commander then determines if the student is qualified and deserving for nomination to the national board. Cadets are then selected for scholarships on the national board. Note, cadets pursuing critical need majors may receive priority consideration


  • Second semester of Freshman year
  • First semester of Sophomore year
  • Second semester of Sophomore year

Scholarship Types




Percent Awarded*


Pays full college tuition and most fees

 – High School Students
– College Students



Pays tuition and most fees up to $18,000 per year

 – High School Students
– College Students


**TYPE 1 scholarships cover full tuition and recipients then receive an General I.D. White Scholarship from Norwich University in the value of room and board. Type 1 scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive additional Norwich University grants, Scholarships or awards, but remain eligible for federal and state financial aid. 

**TYPE 2 scholarship recipients receive an AFROTC scholarship in the amount of $18,000 per year. Norwich University reduces the Norwich University Tuition and fees to match UVM's tuition and fees. Norwich University awards a service grant to cover the difference between UVM tuition and fees and the type 2 scholarship of $18,000, resulting in full tuition being paid. Type 2 scholarship recipients do not receive ID White Scholarships and may not receive additional Norwich University grants, Scholarships or awards, but remain eligible for federal and state financial aid. 

***Charles McGee Leadership Award (CMLA) is only offered to Professor Officer Course (POC) cadets after successfully completing Field Training.

Special Programs

Nursing Scholarship

For sophomore and junior cadets interested in becoming a nurse in the Air Force. Applicants must be accepted to a nursing program at a college or university accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE.

Health Professions

  • 1 or 2 year scholarships for Allied Health Specialties
  • 2 or 3 year scholarships for nurse corps specialties
  • 3 or 4 year scholarships for medical and dental corps

Graduate Law

  • After AFROTC, attend an ABA-accredited law school
  • Then, join JAG Corps after graduating law school
  • Once a JAG, apply for Student Loan Repayment Program

Click here for more AFROTC Scholarship Qualifications

Room & Board

Cadets that earned a Type 1 ROTC scholarship received an additional $15,000 annually from Norwich for Room & Board.

3.0 and 90%

To improve your AFROTC scholarship chances, you’ll want to carry a 3.0 gpa and 90% fitness score or better. Learn More scholarship tips.

Leadership Pays

AFROTC Scholarship Tip: Seek out leadership opportunities in the Corps of Cadets, athletic teams, clubs or volunteer work on and off campus.

Meet our Cadets and Graduates

  • Thomas A. Bussiere ’85U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    Thomas A. Bussiere ’85
    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    “I think the long-standing, multidecade connection of Norwich grads is strong and sound. I can guarantee in the Department of Defense that Norwich graduates — officer, enlisted, civilian, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, and now (Space Force) Guardians — are connected and stay connected, both from a professional development perspective and pride in our alma mater. … What the institution gave to everybody who serves is pretty strong.”
  • Cadet Zoha Alam ’24U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Zoha Alam ’24
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Norwich University's AFROTC has shown the many opportunities to careers within the Air Force...AFROTC has instilled pride with in me and has taught me how I can put service before myself. I joined AFROTC to serve my nation for all it has done for my family."
  • Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I was informed of Norwich’s AFROTC program in high school, and once I visited, I knew it was the place for me. I had always wanted to live a life that revolved around helping people; I always took pride in knowing I was able to make someone’s day better. It has been my goal all throughout my time at Norwich to commission as an Air Force officer because I know I can live a life serving and helping the American people."
  • Cadet Koa Rosales ’25U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Koa Rosales ’25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Joining the Air Force as an officer has been my top goal growing up as a kid. While my grandfather was Navy and my father was Army, the Air Force values resonated more with me than any other branch. When I applied to Norwich, I knew that the Corps of Cadet would help me prepare to be the best I could be. Be it through growing a strong mindset or developing resiliency through challenges, both AFROTC and Corps of Cadet will support me in my future."
  • Gary Keefe ’86 U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    Gary Keefe ’86
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    “It’s you … that have the values and steel in your backbone to protect our way of life.”
  • Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I’ve gained so much from AFROTC at Norwich...the two most important things being great friends and mentors. Our Cadre have always been so supportive, starting from the moment I joined AFROTC. Same with the individuals I’ve met in AFROTC from my own classmates, the underclass men, and other AFROTC cadets from other detachments...And I know even after I commission, they will always be a great source of support for me."
  • Elizabeth Scalf '23 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Elizabeth Scalf '23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I came in thinking I want to be an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I was an active cadet in U.S. Air Force ROTC program for my first year at Norwich; I went inactive (during) the Study Away program, which let me have an internship with Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C. After this internship, I decided to go non-pursuing, but still have the (option) to go to Officer Training School after graduating. … I am now pursuing a job in a ‘three-letter’ agency or in the private sector once I graduate.”
  • Yoomide Millar '25 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Yoomide Millar '25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I always had the love for the Air Force, and when I was looking at colleges, I wanted to join the Air Force and I wanted to join an ROTC program. And I found out about Norwich and the Corps of Cadets and I knew it was going to be better for me to join (it). … I’m not going to quit … I’m ready to meet the challenges. … I want to try my hardest and know that I did my best.”
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