Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation (MSISR) Eligibility Requirements

Per NSTCINST 1533.8, MSISR nominees may be any gender, race, or ethnic background and must meet all of the following requirements:


  • Be a senior in high school or a college freshman;
  • Demonstrate high academic performance and a strong background in math and science from high school or in a college environment. If in college, students must have completed at least one academic term but not more than one year of college course work with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a grade of "C" or better in all courses attempted. The college transcript must validate completion of one academic term of college level math or science and the potential for successful completion of all NROTC academic requirements;
  • Take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) for placement and academic advising by the NSTC Candidate Guidance Office (CGO). Students must take the SAT or ACT in time to permit use of the test results in the college admission process. For MSISR, the minimum SAT score is 550 (Reading) and 540 (Math), and the minimum ACT score is 21 (Math) and 22 (English). 
  • Agree to enroll in the Navy option of the NROTC program;
  • Complete the NROTC National Scholarship web application before the deadline; and
  • High school students must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
  • Rank in the top 40% of graduating class.
  • Maintain a GPA 3.0 or higher (weighted 4.0 scale).
  • Successfully complete all of the following coursework (1 unit = one academic year of study):
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Mathematics. Acceptable courses include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus, or other mathematics courses that require successful completion of Algebra I as a requisite.
  • 3 units of Natural Sciences. Acceptable courses include Anatomy, Biotechnology, Botany, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Health Science, Health, Physical Science, Physiology, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science, Oceanography, Zoology, or Physics.
  • 2 units of Social Studies. Acceptable courses include Anthropology, Civics, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Human Geography, Psychology, or Sociology.