Students interested in military scholarships may be required to complete a FAFSA as part of the application process.
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
The Corps offers scholarships that do not require military service, including an Emerging Leader Scholarship for incoming cadets and a Commandant's Scholarship for current cadets. For information, contact the Corps of Cadets at:
At least sixty incoming cadets who choose to be a member of the Highty-Tighties, the corps of cadets’ regimental band, will be awarded a $2,000 stipend, $1,000 each year for their first two-years in the band. For more information, contact:
Air Force (AFROTC)
The Air Force offers scholarship opportunities to high school seniors prior to enrollment at Virginia Tech. Cadets enrolled in Air Force ROTC at Virginia Tech can make themselves eligible for in-college scholarship opportunities that can range from 2 to 3.5 years in length. Scholarships typically cover in-state tuition or up to $9,000 a semester for out-of-state cadets. Additionally, a book allowance and a monthly non-taxable stipend is provided. Scholarship recipients agree to an active-duty service commitment of four years, except for flying career fields, who will have longer commitments. Juniors and seniors not on scholarship can still receive the monthly non-taxable stipend. All cadets must be in Air Force ROTC for at least three years to complete the program and all cadets meeting eligibility standards can earn a uniform stipend. For more information, contact:
Three and four-year college scholarships are awarded to high school seniors selected through an Army ROTC national selection board process. Currently enrolled college students can compete for 2 year, 2.5 year, 3 year and 3.5 year scholarships depending on the remaining time needed to complete their degree. All scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Army ROTC scholarships pay for full in or out-of-state tuition and mandatory fees; a commutation towards the majority of the cost of their Corps uniforms; $1,200 per year for textbooks, supplies and equipment; and a monthly stipend of $420 per month depending on the student’s academic year. These are merit-based scholarships and a student must be a U.S. citizen, and both medically and physically qualified to be eligible.
All qualified, non-scholarship college juniors and seniors, who sign an Army ROTC contract, will also receive a monthly stipend ($420/month).
A total service commitment of 8 years is required. Army ROTC graduates can request to serve their commitment on active duty OR in the National Guard or Army Reserves. Individuals taking an active duty commission must serve at least 4 years on active duty and any remaining time in the National Guard or the Army Reserves, or in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR). Otherwise, those taking a National Guard or Army Reserve commission will spend the entire 8 years with their respective components. Guard and Reserve training requirements typically consist of training one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer.
Naval ROTC (including the Marine Option)
Recipients of four-year scholarships are selected in national competitions among high school seniors through the NROTC program website. Competitive two and three year scholarships are awarded to non-scholarship students already participating in the NROTC program who display above average academic, aptitude and physical fitness marks. Scholarship benefits include tuition, books, most fees, uniforms, and a monthly allowance of $250, which will increase up to $400 as the Midshipmen advance each academic year.
Minimum obligation is five years of active service in the Navy or Marine Corps, and three years inactive service in the Navy or Marine Reserves. For additional information, contact: