Scholarships | University of Portland


Students may participate in the Air Force ROTC program whether or not they have a scholarship. A variety of scholarships are available for highly qualified candidates to pay for their education. Scholarships generally cover tuition, fees, and books, up to a cap based on specific scholarship along with a monthly stipend.

High School Scholarship Program

The first way to earn an Air Force ROTC scholarship is to apply for a scholarship out of high school. These scholarships typically cover full tuition and fees at any university. The window for applying opens in July during the student's senior year in high school and closes in mid-January.

Applications are submitted online at and involve two parts: the application and the interview. Scores from both parts meet a centralized selection board. If the student does not earn a scholarship during a given board, their application automatically rolls to the next board.

Students may also elect to compete for scholarships from the US Air Force, US Space Force, or both.

In-College Scholarship Program

The second way to earn an Air Force ROTC scholarship is through the In-College Scholarship Program. The AFROTC staff nominates qualified candidates for the In-College Scholarship each year; there is not an online application for an In-College Scholarship.

Scholarships of either type are offered to the best qualified candidates based on their:

  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment score
  • Cumulative GPA
  • SAT/ACT scores (or AFOQT scores for In-College Scholarships)
  • Medical clearance

Additionally, the Air Force maintains a list of highly-desired academic majors at

*NEW* Professional Officer Course Scholarship Program

Cadets who successfully complete Field Training--typically between their sophomore and junior year--and are otherwise eligible for scholarships are automatically awarded a scholarship. These scholarships are worth up to $18,000 per year for tuition and fees OR up to $10,000 per year in room and board (cadet choice).

University of Portland Subsidies for AFROTC Scholarships

University of Portland offers room and board subsidies to scholarship winners depending on the level of scholarship:

  • Type 1: Students receiving a Type 1 (Full Tuition) AFROTC scholarship will also receive full room and board subsides at UP.
  • Type 2: Students receiving a Type 2 (up to $18,000 per year) AFROTC Scholarship will receive a room subsidy at the university. This includes students who convert their Type 7 scholarship to a 3 year, Type 2 scholarship.

University of Portland Financial Aid for ROTC

University of Portland Merit Scholarships

UP offers numerous merit-based scholarships to eligible applicants. These can be used in conjunction with AFROTC scholarships. For specifics, please contact the Financial Aid office at University of Portland.

Find out more regarding scholarships or application requirements contact us at or 503.943.7216.

Current As Of: 1 May 2024