The Citadel to cover funding for room and board, one year tuition for qualifying ROTC scholarship recipients enrolling for fall 2022

Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, March 29, 2021.

The Citadel’s Service to Country Scholarship 2026 represents potential savings of up to $68,000 over four years for freshmen enrolling in fall 2022 with an awarded ROTC Scholarship 

Photo above: Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on March 29, 2021.

The Citadel, the #1 Public College in the South, will now cover the cost of room and board for incoming freshmen enrolling for fall 2022 who have Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships. That portion of The Citadel Service to Country Scholarship 2026 represents an estimated total savings of about $32,000 per qualifying cadet over their four years.

Additionally, because some ROTC Scholarships cover only three years of tuition, The Citadel Service to Country Scholarship 2026 will cover tuition and fees for that gap year for accepted ROTC Scholarship freshmen, representing as much as $36,400 savings per student. Combined with the room and board funding, that represents a potential savings of about $68,000 over four years for those individuals.

“The Citadel Service to Country Scholarship 2026 reflects the college’s commitment to educate and develop America’s next military officers through the unmatched leadership training experience here,” said The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ‘79. “Our goal is to clear some financial hurdles for our Class of 2026 ROTC Scholarship cadets, so they can get to work and focus on being officer-ready at graduation, leaving prepared for career-long success.”

Approximately one-third of each graduating class at The Citadel accepts commissions to become military officers at graduation, though it is not a requirement. The education of many cadets in the Corps is funded through the ROTC Scholarships from the Air Force, Space Force, Army, Navy and Marines, based on a combination of achievements and need, as decided by the individual branches.

An Army ROTC recruiting event takes place with Citadel alumni helicopter pilots on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on March 9, 2021.

How do I qualify for The Citadel Service to Country Scholarship 2026 or for an ROTC Scholarship?

The Citadel admissions team and ROTC detachments leaders are ready to help guide you through this process for enrolling for the 2022-23 academic year. Here are the steps:

  1. Apply for, and be awarded, an ROTC Scholarship
  2. Apply and get accepted to The Citadel to matriculate as a cadet-recruit in August 2022
  3. Maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average during your time as a student in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets

Application deadlines for ROTC Scholarships by branch

Citadel Navy ROTC cadets participate in a conditioning hike on campus in Charleston, South Carolina on February 11, 2021.

Navy ROTC – Dec. 31, 2022
Contact the NROTC senior naval instructor at The Citadel, Lt. Justin Boyle, by calling (843) 953-1605.

Air Force/Space Force – Jan. 31, 2022
Read more about applying for a USAF ROTC scholarship here, a USSF ROTC Scholarship here, or contact the USAF/USSF detachment at The Citadel for assistance by emailing Capt. Jamal Alford at

Marine Corps ROTC – Jan. 31, 2022
Contact the USMC ROTC Marine instructor at The Citadel by calling Capt. Lindsey Baylor at (843) 953-5175.

Army ROTC – Feb 4, 2022
Contact the national Army ROTC office here, or contact The Citadel’s Palmetto Battalion Army recruiting officer by emailing or calling (843)953-6593.

Cadet Conor William Deans, the first Citadel set to commission into the United States Space Force, is congratulated by Col. Matthew Morand, USSF, commander of the USAF/USSF detachment at the college, in Jenkins Hall on November 17, 2021.

Your savings by the numbers

The estimated savings for Class of 2026 ROTC Scholarships cadets at The Citadel would be as follows:

Room and board savings

  • $32,000 (estimate) for room and board all four years

One year tuition for one academic year to supplement three-year ROTC Scholarships (estimated)

  • $13,200 In-state
  • $36,400 Out-of-state  

Not pursuing an ROTC Scholarship but still seeking financial aid?

Approximately 50% of all cadets attending The Citadel and maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0 receive some type of scholarship support – for the Class of 2026 that would come in at about $3 million in savings, not including The Citadel Service to Country Scholarship 2026.

To find out how you can qualify for scholarship and financial aid, visit our Financial Aid site, email or call our Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (843) 953-5187.