Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) college scholarship program

United States Department of Education

Air Force ROTC scholarship program has three different types where a student may apply. The scholarships can be a three-year or four-year grants. The program aims to prepare students for their future. The awardees need to accept and sign an agreement with the United States Air Force with the conditions set by the program.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    The applicant must be a graduate from a high school or have an equivalent certificate, 17 years old prior to scholarship activation and under 31 years old as of December 31 of the year where the applicant will be commissioned.
  • Minimum GPA:
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    To be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must achieve an SAT composite of 1180 on tests taken prior to March 2016 (math and critical reading portions only) or ACT composite of 26. SAT composite of 930 on tests taken after March 2016 with new SAT format (math and critical reading portions only) will be determined on a case-by-case basis to see if they meet eligibility requirements once an applicant uploads their scores. The applicant cannot be enrolled full-time at a college or university (except for joint high school/college programs).
  • Citizenship:
    The applicant must be a United States citizen or be able to obtain citizenship by the last day of the first term of your freshman year (for four-year offers) or the first term of your sophomore year (for three-year offers). Activation cannot occur prior to obtaining citizenship. Also, if you receive a scholarship and possess dual citizenship, you cannot activate a scholarship or be contracted until you renounce your non-U.S. citizenship.
  • Major/Career:
    The most highly desired majors for AFROTC cadets are electrical engineering, computer engineering, meteorology, nuclear physics and nuclear engineering. Scholarship applicants selecting these majors might receive priority in the scholarship selection process. We encourage HSSP applicants to apply and pursue technical and foreign language majors, as they are critical to the Air Force's mission. Technical scholarship offers are awarded at a rate of approximately 80 percent, followed by foreign language majors. Very few foreign language nontechnical scholarships are awarded.
  • Miscellaneous:
    Before you are eligible for the scholarship interview, you must complete the Physical Fitness Assessment (which consists of three events: crunches, push-ups, pull-ups and a 1.5-mile run) and submit the Letter of Certification. If you are offered an Air Force ROTC scholarship, you must pass the Physical Fitness Test before the end of your first semester of college.
  • Other Benefits:
    Each semester, scholarship recipients receive stipends to cover tuition and fees, books and other expenses and extra spending money. Upon activation, all scholarship cadets receive a monthly living expenses stipend during the academic year. Currently, the monthly stipend is $300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors and $500 for seniors.

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    A selection board made up of senior Air Force Officers will evaluate your record and interview to determine whether or not you will be offered a scholarship. They are considering your overall potential and the whole person concept, specifically evaluating the following criteria:Leadership and work experienceExtracurricular activitiesResults from your personal interviewQuestionnaire resultsAcademic scores
  • Transcript:
  • Resume/Activity List:
  • Other Materials:
    Physical Fitness Test Print a copy of the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) work sheet. Take the work sheet with you when you complete your fitness assessment. Have the examiner fill in all of the information on the form and make sure he/she signs and dates the form.After you have completed the PFA, use the work sheet (filled out by your examiner) to enter your results electronically in the fields provided. You will also need to scan/upload the completed and signed PFA form. Faxed copies WILL NOT be accepted.NOTE: We will not accept any PFA scores/test from any other branch of service to include the United States Air Force Academy. Also, if you live in an area where the weather is bad in the winter, please do not wait until the deadline is approaching to take the test. There will be no exceptions made for extending the deadline due to inclement weather.SAT and/or ACT scores and GPA must be submitted by January 12, 2017. Below are some helpful guidelines: Minimum requirements: 1180 SAT score or ACT composite of 26writing test not included. There are no waivers or exceptions to this.Electronically through the ACT or SAT agency using AFROTC Test Code 0548You may print them from the agency websites ( or and submit/upload them, even though it may say unofficial.You must also enter your ACT/SAT scores and GPA electronically in the fields provided.

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