Opening Paths to a College Education

Air Force ROTC scholarships can provide a critical measure of reassurance as you enter or continue your college education. Scholarship funding can be a helpful benefit that lets you focus on your studies and AFROTC while still being able to have the social connections that lead to a well-balanced college experience.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are typically three chances for any student to compete for a scholarship.  First, when you are in high school you can apply for the High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) (link below) starting the summer after your junior year. The HSSP program is competitive and offers a wide range of scholarships for those pursuing their bachelor’s degree!  Scholarships can pay for in-state up to full tuition, fees, books, and a tax-free monthly stipend.  It is important to note that cadets do not need to be on scholarship to be part of Air Force ROTC. 

Important Dates:

  • 1 June of Junior Year: HSSP Application Opens
  • 1 December of Senior Year: HSSP Application Closes

If you missed that opportunity, there are two more chances to compete for an In-College Scholarship as a cadet.  One chance is during your freshman year and the second chance is during your sophomore year.  It is important to understand that all AFROTC scholarships are merit-based and each student will compete nationally against his or her peers for a potential scholarship. 

Prospective students are encouraged to come visit the Detachment to meet with Cadre to see AFROTC in action.  For more information, please contact the Detachment at 315-443-2461 or

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Check here for a checklist on the HSSP Application Process.