Thanks to our generous alumni, the Corps of Cadets offers many scholarships to cadets. Scholarships from the Corps do not require a military commitment.
For more information about other financial aid opportunities, please see Virginia Tech Financial Aid.
Emerging Leader Scholarship
Who is eligible? All students admitted as cadets are considered. Applicants must be offered and accept admission to the Corps of Cadets. Applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate Virginia Tech as a recipient institution (VT Code is 0003754). The FAFSA is available in most school guidance offices and can be filed electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is required regardless of financial need and must be filed annually to keep the scholarship in force.
What is provided? For in-state cadets, the Emerging Leader Scholarship provides $8,000 over four years. Out-of-state cadets receive $12,000 over four years.
ELS recipients must, by the beginning of the junior year and each following semester, meet Corps physical fitness standards and must earn at least a cumulative 2.5 grade-point average to continue the scholarship. A scholarship may be suspended or lost as a result of disciplinary action, and departure before the end of the semester will result in the entire semester’s amount being revoked.
The Emerging Leader Scholarship may be reduced if, when added to other scholarships being received, total benefits exceed the total cost of attendance (as defined by Financial Aid, usually including tuition, fees, books, room & board, and semester transportation to/from school).
How many are awarded? At least 200 incoming cadets will be offered the Emerging Leader Scholarship each year, based on available funding.
How is the scholarship decided? The scholarship is awarded based upon merit. We are looking for well-rounded cadets with a desire to become leaders. Awardees typically have "A" grade-point averages or above and SAT scores of 1260 (critical reading and math) or better. These academic standards are usually matched by evidence of leadership potential, such as involvement in student government, athletics, scouting, JROTC, or work and other extracurricular experiences.
How do I apply? Submission of your Virginia Tech application as a cadet ensures you will be considered. Make sure you have met the criteria above and indicate you wish to enroll in the Corps of Cadets when applying to Virginia Tech.
If you are a cadet with a question about your existing ELS, call 540-231-6413 or ask through your chain of command.
Who is eligible? High school seniors and transfer students who enter Virginia Tech as members of the Corps of Cadets and the Highty-Tighties. Appropriate musical or marching band experience is required.
What is provided? Selected Highty-Tighties receive $1,000 during the first year ($500 each semester), subject to continuing in good standing in the Corps of Cadets and the regimental band.
How many are awarded? Dependent on funding, up to 60 may be awarded each year.
How is the scholarship decided? The scholarship is awarded based upon merit.
How do I apply? Submission of your Virginia Tech application as a cadet ensures you will be considered. Check the interest box for the "Highty-Tighties" on your application
Once you complete your first year as a cadet, you are eligible to compete for additional scholarships through the generous gifts of Corps alumni. These rewards range from $1,000 to $3,000 annually. All cadets are eligible for a Commandant's Scholarship, and they are awarded based on need.
The ROTC programs at Virginia Tech are extremely competitive, but there are opportunities for 4-year, 3-year, 3.5-year, and 2-year scholarships from each branch. For information, visit the national ROTC scholarship sites: