Many NROTC midshipmen apply for and receive four-year scholarships for full tuition to Penn State. Students may apply for scholarships beginning in March of their junior year of high school; applications must be completed by December of the senior year. A scholarship entitles a student to full tuition, a book stipend, computer and lab fees, and a monthly stipend. Visit the Naval Service Training Command website to begin your application.
Navy/Marine Corps College Program
Admission and enrollment at the University Park Campus is all that is required to apply for Naval ROTC; scholarships are not required. Additionally, College Program students have the opportunity to apply for 2, 3, or 4 year scholarships through their NROTC unit. College Program students selected for “advanced standing” receive a stipend for a maximum of 20 months. Advance standing is only available starting the junior year of college. Stipend per academic month is $350 junior year and $400 senior year.
Enlisted sailors that excel and are motivated to do so may become commissioned officers through the Seaman to Admiral-21 program. Officer Candidates (OCs) at Penn State participate in the Battalion and complete their degrees. Please visit the STA-21 website for more information.
Students may also enroll in the Navy Nurse Corps program concurrent with enrollment in the Penn State School of Nursing. These individuals proceed through a training pipeline that prepares them to enter the Navy Nursing community. More information on the Navy Nurse Corps is available here.
The Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program (MECEP) is available for outstanding enlisted Marines to earn a college degree and become commissioned officers. More information is available at the MECEP website.