The nursing scholarship is designed for students pursuing a degree in nursing. Students may apply for the scholarship their senior year in high school or any time after beginning college. The ROTC nursing scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating progress toward acceptance into a nursing program and to students accepted into the nursing program. Cadets with a ROTC nursing scholarship give priority to their nursing courses and rotations.

The Benefits

  • 100 percent tuition or housing and living allowance
  • $1,200 yearly book allowance
  • ROTC monthly stipend $300-$500 a month
  • All equipment and fees are reimbursed
  • Free study materials and NCLEX

How Winners are Chosen

Selection of winners is based on academic record, SAT or ACT test results, school officials’ evaluations, extra-curricular leadership and athletics, a personal interview and a physical aptitude exam. The Army needs medical professionals, and anyone demonstrating progress toward a nursing degree should qualify for a nursing scholarship.

Who’s Eligible?

You’re eligible for the ROTC nursing scholarship if you’re a full-time student in or preparing for the nursing program and meet the following requirements:

  • Will be seventeen before the scholarship is effective.
  • Have taken the SAT or ACT no later than November of the year you apply, and have a minimum 850 SAT or composite 19 ACT.
  • Have a minimum 2.50 high school GPA.
  • Participate in leadership, extracurricular and athletic activities (a part time job earns you substitute credit).
  • Be under twenty-seven by 30 June of the year you expect to graduate (qualifying veterans may be granted an age extension of up to four years).
  • Agree to accept a commission in the U.S. Army.
  • Pursue an Army-approved nursing program.
  • Meet required physical standards.

Your ROTC Commitment

As a winner of a nursing scholarship, you’re required to take an ROTC class, which demands a few hours of your time each week. Upon graduation, you have an obligation to accept a commission and serve full-time in the active Army or part-time in either the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve.


The application is due 1 April for high school students pursuing a career in nursing. College students may apply any time. There’s no downside risk for applying early. To access the application, click here.