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Scholarship Opportunities

There are several different types of scholarship opportunties available to attend Naval ROTC. Opportunities ranging from two to four years of benefits, the types of scholarships available to prospective NROTC midshipmen and the respective descriptions are listed below. There is also a College Program opportunity available to students not eligible for a scholarship to participate in NROTC and earn a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.

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National Scholarship (Navy/Nurse or Marine Option)

The National Scholarship covers full tuition, required fees, a stipend for textbooks, uniforms and a monthly subsistence allowance for each month of the academic year. It applies to all four year colleges who have a NROTC unit, including Southern University and LSU. This scholarship can be applied for by both Navy and Marine Corps options. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is January 31st of the preceeding calendar year in which you plan to start college. However, it is recommended that you start the application process as soon as possible, as early as the Spring of your junior year of high school. The application opens on April 1st. Applications must be submitted on the Naval ROTC website. For more information on this scholarship opportunity go to 

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Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation

The Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation, or MSISR, offers the same benefits as the National Scholarship and is exclusive to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), High Hispanic Enrollment Schools (HHEs), and other Minority Serving Instituions. This scholarship applies to Navy option students only. The application process starts with filling out the National scholarship application and checking the box for Minority Serving Institution Scholoarship Reservation. Eligibility criteria, the application timeline, and application process can all be found at


Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship

The Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship is named in honor of the first African American Marine Corps officer who was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. on 10 November 1945.  It is available at 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) affiliated with NROTC, including Southern University, and this scholarship offers the same benefits as the National Scholarship. Further information and requirements can be found at:

Naval ROTC Prepatory Program Scholarship

The Naval ROTC Preparatory Program (NPP) scholarship is a program aimed to prepare midshipman-candidates to succeed in the Naval ROTC program. The program selects candidates with great academic and leadership potential and improves their learning capabilities so that they are able to academically address the rigorous, demanding, and fast paced courses at the college and NROTC program levels. For individuals who are striving for a follow-on four year Naval ROTC contract to Southern University and A&M College, this preparatory program provides an initial year of academics and military orientation focused on preparing students for university and NROTC success by providing tuition, fees, room & board. The application and related forms/documents can be found here:


(i.e. Jan 31st, 2024 for intended attendance date of Fall 2024)



College Program

The NROTC College Program is available to applicants selected from students already attending or accepted by colleges with NROTC programs. The College Program pays for uniforms and instructional fees for naval science courses, but does not pay for tuition, books, or other fees. College Program students selected for Advanced Standing receive a stipend for maximum of 20 months. Advance Standing is only available starting the junior year of college. Stipend per academic month is $350 junior year and $400 senior year. Upon graduation, College Program Midshipmen will be commissioned Ensigns in the Navy. Marine Corps college programmers must pick up sideload scholarship in order to stay in the NROTC program for their junior and senior year. For more information on the NROTC College Program, please contact one of the LT instructors under the Staff tab.