COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and Lt. Col. Gary Kerr, professor of military science and leadership department head for the University Army ROTC, announced on Thursday a new Mizzou ROTC scholarship that will expand higher education access and affordability at MU.
The scholarship opportunities will begin in the fall of 2018 and will cover room and board costs for the freshman year for incoming ROTC students who are national scholarship winners from the Army, Air Force, Narvy or Marines.
The ROTC scholarships mean students involved with the Mizzou Army and Navy ROTC will be able to attend school for a substantially reduced cost.
Base on current enrollment, it is expected that more than 45 MU students from Missouri will qualify for the grants annually.
"The University of Missouri has a long-standing commitment to training and educating America's future leaders; today, we are reaffirming our commitment to providing access to stellar military education to the citizens of Missouri, our nation and the world," Cartwright said. "It is a tremendous honor to invest in the state's best and brightest military scholars, and we thank them for their current and future service."
Mizzou invests about $12 million per year on need-based financial aid to promote access and affordability in higher education. MU students graduate, on average, with $8,000 less in student debt than the national average.