Students often ask when they should submit their ROTC scholarship applications. The short answer is to submit a strong and application early enough to be competitive when there are still many scholarships available. I’ve listed most of the ROTC scholarship board dates below.
You definitely don’t want to miss the application deadlines. Usually, applications that are not complete when the application closes do not go before a review board at all. Some services allow interviews to occur after the scholarship deadline, as long as the interview is completed before the final board of review. Because ROTC scholarship applications are more complicated than the average college application, you should start early and work diligently through the process.
|2022-23 Scholarship Application Opens||June 12, 2021|
|Deadline to Submit Documents for First Board||October 5, 2021|
|First Selection Board||October 18, 2021|
|Deadline to Submit Documents for Second Board||January 11, 2022|
|Second Selection Board||January 24, 2022|
|Application Deadline 2022-23 High School Scholarships||February 4, 2022|
|Deadline to Submit Documents for Final Board (Missing Items)||March 1, 2022|
|Final (Third) Selection Board||March 14, 2022|
Air Force ROTC Scholarship Information (Includes Space Force)
|2022-23 High School Scholarship Application Opens||July 1, 2021|
|Deadline to Submit Documents for First Board||October 15, 2021|
|First Selection Board (22HS01)||October 18, 2021|
|Last Day to Submit Completed Application||January 13, 2022|
|Deadline to Submit Documents for Second Board (Interviews)||February 22, 2022|
|Second Selection Board (22HS02)||February 21, 2022|
|Deadline to Submit Documents for Third Board (Interviews)||March 18, 2022|
|Third Selection Board (22HS03) [Only convened if needed]||March 21, 2022|
|Last Day to Accept Scholarship Offers||May 31, 2022|
|First Selection Board||November 2021|
|Deadline to Submit Completed Application||January 31, 2022|
|Second Selection Board||February 2022|
|2022-23 Four Year Scholarship Application Opens||April 1, 2021|
|Last Day to Submit Completed Application||January 31, 2022|
The Navy holds frequent review boards for Navy Option and Navy Nursing applicants from September through April. (See below for Marine Option.)
If the application opens in July and the first board is in October, submitting an application in August that was rushed and has a weak score on the fitness test doesn’t present a strong case. The board isn’t going to give a pass on a slow run time just because the student submitted their package early. On the other hand, don’t wait until the last minute. If the board receives strong applications on earlier boards, they may select fewer scholarships on the later boards or cancel them altogether. Note for example that the third Air Force board will only convene if needed.
In my experience, later applications reflect procrastination, not time spent working hard on improving the application. My general suggestion is to submit the application by October 1, unless you have an upward trend in grades and want to include first semester grades in the application.
ROTC scholarships can pay for tuition, fees, books, and a monthly stipend at a number of colleges around the US. Graduates commission as officers in the military. They have a military service obligation in return for the scholarship. If you have questions or need help, ask for it. This is one of my specialty areas at Admissions Decrypted. You can also contact the ROTC staff at one of the colleges you are interested in attending. If your high school has Junior ROTC, those instructors could also be a resource (even if you are not part of the JROTC unit).