National Two-Year Scholarship


Recipients of a National Two-Year Scholarship are selected through a national competition from non-College Program applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and have at least two years of academic study remaining toward a baccalaureate degree. Those selected are appointed MIDN U.S. Navy or Marine Corps Reserve upon reporting for enrollment in the NROTC advanced course. They qualify for enrollment in the Advanced Course by successfully completing Naval Science Institute (NSI). Students enrolled as Two-Year Scholarship Program students have the same privileges and obligations as those enrolled in the Four-Year Scholarship Program.


To be considered for a National Two-Year Scholarship, individuals need to submit applications through The University of Memphis NROTC unit no later than January of the year prior to their next to last year of school (second year in a four-year program/third year in a five year program).

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in the Two-Year Scholarship Program, an applicant must meet the general midshipman requirements specified above (NROTC Program Eligibility Requirements) and the following additional requirements:

  • Have completed at least two full academic years of college and have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better;

  • Be accepted for matriculation as a junior (third year in a four-year program/fourth year in a five-year program) at The University of Memphis, Christian Brother University, or Rhodes College; and

  • Except for Marine Option, Nurse Corps Program, or College Program applicants, have completed or be close to completing one year (two semesters or three-quarters) of differential and integral calculus (approved sequence) of one real variable with grades of “C” or better in each course.

  • Marine Option applicants must have one of the following minimum test scores: 21 - ACT (composite), 1000 - SAT (math and critical reading combined), or 74 - Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT).

  • Are not enrolled in the College Program. Students taking Naval Science courses but not enrolled in the College Program are eligible to apply for the Two-Year Scholarship Program.

Naval Science Institute

Those selected for a Two-Year Scholarship will receive orders to report to the Naval Science Institute (NSI) at Officer Training Command (OTC) in June, after completion of their sophomore year of college (or after the third year of a five-year curriculum). NSI is a six-week course of instruction in Naval Science and drills which is similar to that required of NROTC students during their freshman and sophomore years.  While at NSI, students will receive the pay of Officer Candidate (equivalent to an E-5 less than two years), uniforms, room and board. An individual will not be allowed to proceed to their NROTC unit without successful completion of NSI.