ROTC and Outside Awards

Outside awards consist of aid from sources and agencies other than VMI and are considered resources for determining financial assistance. It is incumbent upon the student to notify the Financial Aid Office of such awards.

VMI commends students that take the initiative to earn outside awards. Outside awards must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. All sources of financial aid must stay within a student's cost of attendance and a student's need eligibility as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When a student receives an outside award, there are times that the award or other financial aid will be reduced/changed to accommodate. Please contact the Financial Aid Office with specific questions or concerns about how an outside award will be applied to a student’s aid package.

ROTC Scholarships

VMI cadets may receive ROTC scholarships for Army, Marines, Navy, or Air Force for all or part of the cadetship.  These scholarships cover tuition and may also include allowances for books and fees and living expenses. ROTC scholarships offer opportunities to obtain leadership positions in the armed forces upon graduation. ROTC scholarships are not administered through VMI but rather through the awarding military branch.


Army ROTC scholarships pay tuition and auxiliary fees. It is awarded on merit, based on academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal interviews. Contracted Cadets receive a monthly stipend of $420 for books and uniforms. Non-scholarship Contracted Cadets receive a uniform allowance but are not eligible for the book stipend.

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Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC provides students with valuable leadership skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. In addition, AFROTC offers money to pay for school with scholarships including $900 a year for books, as well as spending money.

And best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to land a leadership position in the U.S. Air Force right out of school. Your future could begin right here, right now.

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You may start the process of applying during the second semester of your junior year of high school. Students may apply for only one of the three scholarship program options-Navy, Nurse or Marine Corps. Before the application can be finalized and forwarded for selection consideration, you must ensure that a copy of your complete transcript, including your entire junior year, is forwarded to your recruiter.

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The J.T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust (“Trust”) was founded to provide financial assistance for the pursuit of higher education to deserving U.S. citizens who currently reside in and who have resided in the Virginia counties of Halifax, Henry, Pittsylvania and the North Carolina counties of Caswell and Rockingham (including all towns or cities located within these 5 counties), for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months at the time of application.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and promise, financial need, and other related selection criteria. Award amounts will vary, up to and including a possible full scholarship.

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Scholarships

The Granville P. Meade Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who have achieved academically, but who are financially unable to attend college. The Granville P. Meade fund provides scholarship awards to worthy and needy Virginia high school seniors to attend one of Virginia's public or private colleges or universities.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who have achieved academically and show promise of continued outstanding academic achievement. Graduating seniors of public and private secondary schools, and those who have the equivalent of a high school diploma, are eligible for the Byrd Honors Scholarship Program. The applicants must have demonstrated and shown promise of continued outstanding academic achievement.

Commonwealth Awards 
Virginia residents with need. Beginning 1 July 2003 recipients must maintain a 2.0-grade point average after completing 60 credit hours.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) 
Virginia residents with need who graduate from an accredited Virginia secondary school and who meet and maintain required academic standards.

VMI Virginia State Cadetship Program  
Residents of Virginia who receive special appointments by the Board of Visitors, as specified in the Code of Virginia. State Cadets are exempt from payment of tuition and board, but pay all other charges. State Cadetships, which are limited in number, are restricted to bona fide residents of Virginia, and applicants are required to show, on the basis of need, that it would be impossible to attend VMI without this financial assistance. Applications are made on forms which will be furnished by the Financial Aid Officer on request, and these applications should be submitted before March 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to enter VMI.

Upon receiving a State Cadetship, the State Cadet must assume certain obligations to the Commonwealth of Virginia in return for the financial assistance awarded through the Cadetship. The Sections of the Code of Virginia setting forth provisions for State Cadetships and the obligations concerned may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. (Applicants for a State Cadetship also need a recommendation from their state senator.)