All NROTC scholarships pay for FULL tuition and $375 per semester for textbooks. Room and board must be paid or financed by the student. Midshipmen are paid for summer training as well as official travel and also receive a monthly tax-free stipend for 10 months during the school year as a Freshman and Sophomore and then continuously during their Junior and Senior years as follows:
Freshman – $250
Sophomore – $300
Junior – $350
Senior – $400
At Cornell, this scholarship could amount to over $40,000 a year, or nearly $180,000 for four years. All scholarship programs lead to a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy or a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Scholarships are offered as either a Navy or Marine Corps option, which must be chosen during the application process. Both Navy and Marine Corps scholarship options provide identical benefits and requires the same service obligation.
To apply for a Naval ROTC Scholarship, follow this link: NROTC Scholarships
Types of Scholarships
Four Year Scholarships
The four year scholarship program is only available to high school seniors. This scholarship provides all the benefits described above and leads to a commission in either the United States Navy or Marine Corps.
Three Year Scholarships
Three year scholarships are available to Cornell freshmen or other university freshmen who wish to transfer to Cornell. The three year scholarship provides all the benefits described above and leads to a commission in either the United States Navy or Marine Corps.
Any interested student may enter the College Program. Though not a scholarship, College Program midshipmen do receive uniforms and are paid for summer training (upon recieving Advanced Standing) and official travel (if they are pursuing the Medical Program). College Program midshipmen participate fully in the NROTC program and receive a commission upon graduation. If the College Program is initiated during the freshmen year, a midshipmen may apply for a three year scholarship. The College Program provides a stipend during the junior and senior years and leads to a commission in either the United States Navy or Marine Corps.
When applying for a Naval ROTC Scholarship and applying to Cornell University, we are happy to talk with you in order to guide you through the processes as well as offer advice and recommendations to increase the chances of success.
If you have a specific question about the scholarship or the Navy that this site or its links do not answer, please contact the Cornell NROTC Unit by email <email@example.com>, phone at (607) 255-4202, or Schedule a meeting.