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 awarded to at least 200 incoming cadets each year and a Commandant's Scholarship for current cadets. The Corps works with the College of Engineering to award Walts Scholarships to cadets who are in the College of Engineering and enrolled in an ROTC program. For information, contact the Assistant Commandant for Recruiting for the Corps of Cadets at:
Scholarships are offered to most freshman who choose to be members of the Virginia Tech Regimental Band (Highty-Tighties). At least sixty incoming cadets who choose to be a member of the Highty-Tighties will be awarded a $1,000 stipend their first year. For more information, contact:
Air Force (AFROTC)
The Air Force offers scholarships to high school and college students, ranging from two to four years in length. Scholarships are available in all majors, and most pay all tuition and fees at Virginia Tech. 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 pilots and navigators, who will have longer commitments. Juniors and seniors not on scholarship can still receive the monthly non-taxable stipend and a uniform allowance. For more information, contact:
228 Military Building
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: (540) 231-6404
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 ranging from $300 to $500 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 ($450 to $500).
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 with 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 will 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 advances each academic year.
Minimum obligation is four years of active service in the Navy or Marine Corps, and four years inactive service in the Navy or Marine Reserves. For additional information, contact: