The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, provides high school and college students with military training and an up-close look at life in the Air Force. As part of the program, Air Force ROTC participants may qualify for one of several Air Force ROTC scholarships, all of which require students to fulfill certain requirements to be eligible. Scholarships are divided into three types, including high school, college and enlisted.
As with most other scholarships, Air Force ROTC scholarships come with academic requirements. The high school scholarships require students to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, rank in the top 40 percent of their high school class and have earned a minimum 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT. To qualify for the different college scholarships and the enlisted scholarship, students must have a college GPA of at least 2.5 and pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, a standardized test similar to the ACT and SAT.
Because of the physical nature of a career in the Air Force, ROTC participants and scholarship applicants must fulfill physical requirements. High school scholarship applicants must first complete a physical fitness assessment, consisting of push-ups, crunches and a 1.5-mile run, before even being considered for a scholarship. All scholarship winners must then pass a physical fitness test before receiving any tuition assistance.
Like other scholarships, each applicant must submit certain documents when applying for an Air Force ROTC scholarship. High school scholarship applicants must first complete an online application; once the initial application is approved, students will be asked to submit a personal statement, resume, their Physical Fitness Assessment, grade transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. For college scholarships, application packets can be obtained from the detachment office at the student’s school. Enlisted officers should contact their base’s education office for application packets. Documents needed for college and enlisted scholarships include cover letter, resume and grade transcripts.
Unique to Air Force and other military scholarships, ROTC participants sign a commitment to serve in that branch. Air Force ROTC scholarship recipients must also commit to serve before receiving scholarship money. Each scholarship requires the same commitment, which includes completing a four-week field training course during the summer between sophomore and junior year, completing the Professional Officer Course during junior and senior years, accepting commissioning as an Air Force Officer and serving at least four years on active duty.