Available to high school students pursuing a career in the Navy or Marine Corps, four-year scholarships are the best way to earn a commission through the NROTC program.  Scholarships are awarded from a competitive pool of applications received by December 31st. Those receiving a scholarship who complete the four-year program will earn a commission and serve a minimum of five years on active duty as an Unrestricted Line Officer (URL).
Applicants select either the Navy or Marine Corps. Those earning a Navy or Marine option scholarship will commission in those respective services.   Due to the competitive nature of these scholarships, it is recommended that students apply for both the national scholarship and the College Program option to be considered for ROTC participation.



Every Midshipmen on scholarship, regardless of service option or the type of scholarship, receives the following benefits:
  • Full tuition and academic fees.
  • Uniforms at no cost.
  • NROTC course materials at no cost.
  • Subsistence allowance increasing from $250 during freshman year to $400 during senior year.
  • The opportunity to attend summer cruise during each summer the scholarship is active.



Applicants for any scholarships or for the college program must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years of age by 01 September of the year you start college and no more than 23 years of age on 31 December of that year. Age waivers are available by application.
  • You must be a high school graduate or equivalent by 01 August of the year you are applying for.
  • You must be medically qualified by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and meet Navy or Marine Corps height and weight standards based on the option you select upon application.
  • You must apply and be accepted to the University of Kansas before reporting to the unit.


For applicants with 30 or more college credits, including those in the college program, two and three year scholarships are available with the same benefits as four year scholarships. Those awarded a two or three year scholarship, also known as a "Side Load" scholarships, will begin receiving benefits the following semester. Those interested in two or three year scholarships should contact the  unit for more information.

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​Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the recently established Nicholas A. Herren Memorial Leadership Award.  This fully endowed award will provide monetary assistance to University of Kansas students who have a demonstrated record of leadership and serve as cadet or midshipmen in one of the three ROTC units at KU, or have previously served in the United States Armed Forces.


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