Illinois Tech NROTC Preparatory Scholarship

Deadline: Extended to April 15
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Illinois Tech’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Prep Program presents a special opportunity for 10–12 students to prepare for success both in their STEM fields of study and as officers in the United States Navy. During the preparatory year, students will receive:

  • Full-year scholarship, including room and board
  • $400 textbook stipend
  • Academic mentoring and advising
  • Focused educational skills courses
  • Association with the NROTC unit including physical fitness training

Upon successful completion of their preparatory year, up to 10 students will be awarded a four-year full-tuition, room, and board scholarship by the Department of the Navy, leading to a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. This special preparatory program establishes a pathway for students to receive an accredited bachelor’s degree from Illinois Tech.

Email an NROTC recruiter to help you complete the application or to learn more about the program.


How to Apply

All applications will be reviewed for eligibility by Illinois Tech’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and NROTC. Instructions for filling out the forms can be found on page 1 of the Presidential NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Application.

To be considered for the NROTC Preparatory Scholarship, prospective candidates must apply no later than March 1 to be considered. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. In order to remain competitive, applicants are strongly recommended to have all scholarship documents submitted no later than February 1st

Application to Illinois Tech

NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Application

NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Application Form


If you are admitted into the program, you will also be asked to submit the following forms to your recruiter:

Program Requirements

Once admitted into the program and  the student has completed their preparatory year, students must meet the following conditions in order to remain eligible for the scholarship:

  • Successfully complete a three-week basic military training program conducted in the summer before enrollment at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois
  • Conduct a full Department of Defense medical exam and be eligible for unrestricted military service
  • Agree to pursue any Tier 1 major (aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering)
  • Maintain a grade-point average of 2.8 or higher
  • Live on campus in designated NROTC community
  • Pass the Navy’s Physical Fitness Assessment once a semester with a score of “Good Low” or better
  • Maintain good standing within the ROTC unit

Contact Us

10 West 35st Street (Stuart Building), Room 217
Chicago, IL 60616-3729
Phone: 312.567.8963