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WE DEVELOP PREMIER LEADERS OF CHARACTER AND ACTION

Exceptional students training with a powerfully simple purpose: to defend our future.

NROTC Preparatory Scholarship

Application DEADLINE: February 1

Apply for the opportunity to receive the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NROTC) Preparatory Scholarship. This scholarship will be given to five potential Midshipmen in the NROTC program who are pursuing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 degree and pursing a commission with the Navy upon graduation.

This opportunity includes five years as a full-time student at Norwich University. In your first year at Norwich, tuition and fees will be covered. Additional financial aid may be provided to supplement additional costs.

If selected for the Norwich NROTC Preparatory Scholarship, the student will have a four-year Navy ROTC National Scholarship reserved for them by the Navy. If the student successfully completes the first year of the preparatory program, including all requirements listed below, then they will be awarded the four-year Navy ROTC National Scholarship, which will cover tuition, fees and provide a monthly stipend. Norwich University will cover room and board for these students with our General I.D. White Scholarship. Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Before starting classes in the Fall semester successfully complete NROTC indoctrination summer training
  • Before starting classes in the Fall semester successfully complete a Department of Defense medical exam
  • Become a member of the Norwich Corps of Cadets
  • Successfully pass the Navy's Physical Fitness Assessment once a semester with a score of “Good Low” or better
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.8 cumulative GPA at Norwich University
  • Agree to the terms of scholarship contract
  • Receive the Professor of Naval Science's recommendation

Apply For NROTC Preparatory Scholarship

Ease the Strain for Paying for College

One of the most stressful complications for college students is finding the money to pay for the thousands of dollars of college-related expenses. The Navy and Marine Corps offers many scholarship options for those looking to gain tuition or housing assistance while pursuing their degree as a full time student. ROTC offers two, three, and four-four scholarships, based on individual cadets' circumstance. Scholarships are competitive at the national or campus level. The Navy ROTC scholarship entitles its recipients to full-tuition assistance or room-and-board reimbursement, as well as a textbook/fee allowance and a monthly stipend to cover the student’s living expenses.

In addition to the scholarship options offered by the Navy and Marine Corps, Norwich University also has a ROTC financial aid policy.

HOW TO APPLY to Norwich and NROTC

Current Students - Freshmen and Sophomores

At Norwich University, you can seek a Navy or Marine Corps commission in our program—even if you are currently a freshman or sophomore. You can continue to apply for a four-year national scholarship until you have 30 credits. Or you can come in as a basic standing student and apply for a three- or two-year Navy or three-, two-and-a-half or two-year scholarship with the Marine Corps.

Requirements for the Navy

  • At minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA (collegiate).

Requirements for Marine Corps

  • A 1000 SAT (Math and Critical Reading, score from latest and same test), or 22 ACT Composite or 74 AFQT
  • Within height/weight/body fat standard per Marine Corps Order
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Not currently on Probation or LOA
  • Minimum of 1st Class PFT

Requirements of both

  • Not currently pursuing or in possession of a scholarship in different ROTC Department, and must be enrolled in Naval Science Classes.
  • You must be a member of the Corps of Cadets or applying for a nursing scholarship.

High school seniors

The United States Navy and Marine Corps offers outstanding high school students the opportunity to seek a commission through our rigorous and rewarding NROTC program. The Norwich University Corps of Cadets combined with our NROTC unit has an extensive history of being on the forefront in training outstanding military leaders.

Schedule an Officer Interview

Officer Interviews for applicants to the NROTC national scholarship program are conducted on weekdays during working hours (0800-1600). Officer Interviews are normally conducted in-person at the Norwich NROTC offices. The Officer Interview is a significant part of the NROTC scholarship application process. Applicants are expected to arrive on-time, in appropriate business attire, and well-versed in the Navy or Marine Corps and the specific warfare communities of interest. Interviews normally last 45-60 minutes. To schedule an Officer Interview, please contact Patrick Knapp at (802) 485-2188 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How can you become part of our team?

Each year, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) awards competitive scholarships to students who are willing to strive to be the best. You are eligible if you have excelled in academics, extra-curricular activities, athletics and leadership positions, and want to further your success by becoming an officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. 

For an informational overview regarding Navy and Marine Corps ROTC visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/About/ to learn about program requirements, scholarships, and careers in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Room & Board

Cadets that earned an 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

NROTC 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

  • Jack Brennan ’23, environmental science major

    Jack Brennan ’23, environmental science major

    "I wanted to come to Norwich and join the U.S. Marine Corps to be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to build a good foundation so that I can give back to my community and my country. The Norwich NROTC Battalion has pushed me to become a more confident and competent leader so that I achieve those goals to the best of my ability, and one day, lead Marines."
  • Ryan Litch ’23, mechanical engineering major

    "From a very young age, I had a love for the U.S. Navy. I chose to come to Norwich and its NROTC unit because I knew it was unparalleled by any other. The level of training and knowledge I have received from this program has done a great job of preparing me for the fleet thus far. If you are looking to challenge and set yourself apart from others, NROTC at Norwich is the right place to do it."
  • Sebastian Martin ’22

    “Following graduation and commissioning, I will be attending Basic Division Officer Course and Junior Officer of the Deck schools to learn ship handling and seamanship. Afterward, I go to Yokosuka, Japan, to serve as a surface warfare officer on the USS Blue Ridge LCC-19, an amphibious command ship for all of Seventh Fleet. After qualifying as officer of the deck (OOD) onboard, I will be laterally transferring to designator 1810, cryptologic warfare officer. This highly selective community specializes in cryptology, space, signals intelligence, cyberspace operations and electronic warfare to achieve global military objectives. ”
  • Jasmine Wilkerson ’23, architecture major

    "When applying for colleges, Norwich's appeal came from its ability to balance life within the Corps of Cadets while also participating in an ROTC, all within a climate with which I was unfamiliar. The Naval battalion (in conjunction with the Corps) has not only given me opportunities to develop my leadership skills, but has also shown me what options are available career-wise while in the service and once I leave the service."
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Navy & Marines Reserve Officers' Training Corps

CONTACT

Jackman Hall, Room 103
802-485-2460

     

NAVY Option POC

LT Andrew Kline
NROTC Nuclear Power Officer
1 (802) 485-2193 or
akline1@norwich.edu

MARINE Option POC

Capt Edward Pingel
NROTC Marine Officer Instructor
1 (802) 485-2194 or
epingel@norwich.edu

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