Scholarship Application


There are several programs at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln available to you to obtain a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps.  For more information, click on the program you are interested in below.

  • Four Year Scholarship Program: Scholarship program designed for high school seniors and college freshmen who have not yet completed their first semester.
  • Two and Three Year Scholarship Program: Designed for college freshmen and sophomores desiring an NROTC scholarship.
  • Seaman to Admiral 21 (STA-21) Program: A program for active duty sailors to obtain a degree and commissioning.
  • Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP): A program for active duty Marines to obtain a degree and commissioning.


Four-Year Scholarship Program

The four year scholarship program is primarily for students that are in high school and interested in pursuing a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. Scholarship applications are normally completed late in your junior year or in the fall of your senior year of high school. College freshmen may also be eligible if they have not yet completed a full semester of college coursework.
4 Year Scholarship Benefits:
  • Full Tuition and Fees for 4 academic years
  • $375 per semester book stipend
  • $250 - $400 per month stipend during the academic year
  • All uniforms are provided
  • Paid summer training for the three summers while in college


Applicants must use the online application to complete and submit all required information in order to apply for the Navy ROTC scholarship.

This online application is extensive and may require several hours to complete. You are able to stastart the application and save your progress as you complete each section. Here is a checklist that will help you in gathering information and to streamline the process of applying for the scholarship.

Applicants will be asked to pick five Navy ROTC affiliated schools or universities in their scholarship application. Each school must be for a different Navy NROTC Unit and a state school must be one of the top three choices where they can qualify for in-state tuition.

Each applicant must also select an academic program in which they intend to major. All academic programs fall into three tiers relative to the Navy's technical needs.

Scholarships will be awarded to an Navy ROTC unit in conjunction with the academic major and tier the applicant specified on their application. If offered the scholarship, the student will be expected to attend the school where their scholarship is placed and have the ability to request a change of placement as needed or desired.  Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis and are mainly dependent on the scholarship availability at the requested school at the time of processing. The student must be mindful if they choose a cross-town school that there may be cross-town commuting costs and class timing issues which will need to be resolved. The enrolled school must support the academic major or equivalent for which the scholarship was awarded. Also, the student must have applied for admission to and been accepted at any school they wish to utilize the scholarship.

If you want more information, or if you are considering attending the University of Nebraska, please Contact Us.


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Two and Three-Year Scholarship Programs

Students can apply for a two or three-year scholarship as an existing student at the university. Scholarship recipients will also participate in summer cruise training during the summers between academic semesters while on a scholarship program.
For more information, visit the Official NROTC Scholarship website.

2 & 3 Year Scholarship Benefits:

  • Full Tuition and Fees for 2 academic years
  • $300 per semester book stipend
  • $350 - $400 per month stipend during the academic year
  • All uniforms are provided 


The two year NROTC scholarship is offered nationally but the application is processed through the local NROTC unit. For more information and application, please contact us. Or visit the NROTC Scholarship page.


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Seaman to Admiral 21 (STA-21) Program

The STA-21 program was designed to provide enlisted sailors a top-notch college education and a commission. There are programs which lead to a commission in the unrestricted line as well as many of the restricted lines.

While there are many Universities you can attend under the STA-21 Program, the University of Nebraska offers some distinct advantages:

  • Tuition rates fall within the $10,000 a year limit of the STA-21 Program.
  • You will qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Our small unit size allows for individual attention.
  • You are immediately placed in leadership roles and provide much-needed enlisted insight.
  • Families live in safe communities and attend excellent schools.
  • Lincoln enjoys a low cost of living while maintaining a high standard of living.


Visit the Navy's website to apply to the STA-21 program. If you are considering attending the University of Nebraska, feel free to contact us.

Participants in the STA-21 program will:

  • Be granted Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits (Chapter 30 of Title 38) to pay for courses after the service member's STA-21 funds are exhausted, as long as payment is for different courses and not combined to pay for the same course.
  • Receive full pay and allowances including BAH and BAS for their enlisted pay grades
  • Be eligible for enlisted advancement
  • Receive up to $10,000 per year, paid to the university to supplement the costs of tuition, fees, and books.
  • Upon successful degree completion, be commissioned as active duty Ensigns in the United States Navy (USN).

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Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP)

The Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) is an enlisted to officer commissioning program designed to provide outstanding enlisted Marines the opportunity to serve as Marine Corps officers. Marines selected for MECEP who have successfully completed Officer Candidate School and graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

As an active duty Marine at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) you will be a member of the NROTC unit and will fall under the leadership of the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) and Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI). MECEP Marines will typically take 12 (at least) credit hours during a semester in a degree program of your choice. While in the MECEP program, by regulations you are required to complete the following Naval Science courses: Evolution of Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Leadership & Ethics, and you must enroll in Naval Science Drill/Lab each semester. Drill/Lab is held twice a week – this is when we come together as a unit and conduct training and activities.

While in the MECEP program, you will normally attend your college courses in civilian attire and will be expected to wear Service “C” uniform every Tuesday. As an active duty Marine and a member of the NROTC unit, you are expected to set the example for the rest of the Midshipmen in the unit. You will have the opportunity to serve in platoon, company, and battalion leadership positions. You will also have the opportunity to mentor, coach, and participate in unit activities such as the Rifle & Pistol Team, Drill/Color Guard, Semper Fidelis Society, and unit fund raisers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to travel to other universities to participate in NROTC events in locations such as Boulder, Colorado and New Orleans, Louisiana.


The Marine Corps puts out a MARADMIN annually to solicit applications to the MECEP Program. If you are interested in speaking with the MOI or AMOI concerning the MECEP program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, contact us.

As a Marine officer candidate, physical fitness is important and critical to your success at Officer Candidate School (OCS), and later at The Basic School (TBS). The MECEP program requires that you attend OCS during the summer after your first year of college. The MOI and AMOI will assist you in preparing for the rigors of OCS and TBS by balancing structured unit and individual physical fitness training programs.

GI Bill Benefits
If you qualify for the GI Bill, you can utilize it to pay for your education here (up to $1,200 per month). The great thing about Nebraska is that as an active duty Marine, you will granted in-state tuition, which is a tremendous savings for the active duty student. Additionally, Financial Aid may be available to you, where you may qualify for grants and/or loans. Scholarships opportunities also exist and many of our current MECEP students are recipients of scholarships.

Husker Salute Scholarship

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Husker Salute Scholarship is a prestigious academic award designed to honor and support the outstanding achievements of military veterans and active-duty service members. This scholarship serves as a testament to the university's deep appreciation for the sacrifices and dedication of those who have served in the armed forces. Recipients of the Husker Salute Scholarship are not only recognized for their service but also provided with substantial financial assistance to pursue their educational goals at UNL. This scholarship exemplifies the university's commitment to providing opportunities for military personnel to further their education and build successful post-military careers.

The Husker Salute Scholarship offers a substantial financial benefit to its recipients, making higher education more accessible and affordable. It not only eases the financial burden of attending college but also provides a supportive environment for military-affiliated students to thrive academically and personally. This scholarship is a testament to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community and ensuring that military veterans and active-duty service members have the tools and resources necessary to achieve their academic and career aspirations while honoring their service to the nation.

How to Apply

To apply for the Husker Salute Scholarship, please visit the official scholarship webpage for detailed application instructions and requirements. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Military Connected (Veterans, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, ROTC, military spouse, or dependent)
  • Out-of-State Resident
  • Registered Full-Time (First-Year or Transfer Undergraduate Student with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA

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