Mizzou will soon offer a scholarship that will make college more affordable for students who want to serve as commissioned military officers. Beginning in the fall of 2018, scholarships will be offered that will cover room and board costs for the freshman year for incoming ROTC students who have won national scholarships from a military branch.

Mizzou to offer ROTC scholarship

National ROTC scholarships pay for tuition, required fees, a book allowance and a monthly stipend up to $5,000 annually.

“The University of Missouri has a long-standing commitment to training and educating America’s future leaders,” says MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright. “We are reaffirming our commitment to providing access to stellar military education to the citizens of Missouri, our nation and the world.”

There are 280 ROTC students on campus in Army, Navy and Air Force programs, with 148 on ROTC scholarships. Based on current enrollment, more than 45 MU students from Missouri are expected to qualify for the grants annually.

Mizzou has announced several other initiatives this year that aim to make college more affordable for students. The school is experiencing a decline in campus housing demand and enrollment.