J-100 Scholarship

The J-100 AFJROTC Character-in-Leadership Scholarship, or The J-100 for short, provides 100 cadets a four-year scholarship with benefits including four years 100% paid tuition, in addition to university-owned/on-campus housing fees ($10,000 max per year), a book stipend, and the standard AFROTC cadet stipend.  The scholarship can be used at any AFROTC host or crosstown university.  There are no specific degree requirements, but cadets who desire to potentially enter the USSF may want to consider pursuing technical degrees. Accepting the scholarship will result in a cadet being required to enroll in AFROTC and pursue an officer commission.

The genesis of The J-100 was former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) General David L. Goldfein’s HBCU 100 Diversity Scholarship program.  The J-100 focuses on character, leadership, citizenship, and diversity, and inspires future leaders to seek careers in the USAF or USSF.

The J-100 is open to all eligible cadets.  This scholarship is designed to provide an extraordinary opportunity to our diverse pool of cadets with strong leadership and character to become the future leaders of our military.  Unit instructors are highly encouraged to take advantage of this remarkable program.   


The J-100 AFJROTC Character-in-Leadership Scholarship is for AFJROTC graduating high school seniors with a minimum of 2 or more years of AFJROTC experience.

Due to the size of our Unit, we may nominate 1 cadet.  Nominated cadets must Accept or Decline the nomination. Declinations will reset the unit nomination allocation to allow instructors to nominate another cadet.

1-150 Active Cadets = 1 nomination

151-300 Active Cadets = 2 nominations

301 or more Active Cadets = 3 nominations


- 3.0 unweighted GPA

- 22 ACT or 1100 SAT (or No-Test Waiver*)

- 50 fitness score

- Minimum of 2 calendar years AFJROTC experience (i.e., cadets on a 4 x 4 block schedule for 2 semesters in 1 calendar year are not eligible; cadets on a 4 X 4 block schedule 1 semester each year for 2 calendar years are eligible)

- US Citizen (or already progressing towards obtaining their US citizenship by first term of their freshman year in college)

*The No-Test Waiver is only applicable for cadets who have no test/never tested due to inability to test due to COVID; requires Instructor validation and Holm Center/HQ AFJROTC Staff approval.  Students with ACT/SAT test scores below the minimum are not eligible for this waiver.



The program utilizes an established AFROTC scholarship application process with additional AFJROTC sections.  Cadets and instructors have required applications actions.  All cadet applicants meeting eligibility requirements will meet a quantitative board based on weighted portions of the application as follows:

- 40% application data

- 20% Instructor endorsement

- 20% academic score

- 20% fitness score

The application process starts with instructors nominating an eligible cadet(s).  Nominated cadets must meet all minimum eligibility requirements.  Nominated cadets will either Accept or Decline the nomination.  Cadets will only gain access to the J-100 application if they are nominated AND they Accept the nomination. 

Certain modules in the application require Instructor validation of cadet data input, so it is imperative that enough time be allotted for both Instructor and cadet actions.  No extensions will be granted to the application deadline.

Instructors and potentially nominated applicants should review AFROTC’s university list (website link is https://www.afrotc.com/college-locator/).  Nominated applicants are encouraged to start college application actions prior to the J-100 application deadline.  This is critical, as any AFJROTC scholarship winners must have a Letter of Acceptance into their school of choice to accept the scholarship.

Cadets who advance in the application process (based on the quantitative board score) will ultimately meet a qualitative Leadership Evaluation Board (LEB), a panel interview, to determine the final 100 scholarship awards.  The LEB interview is a critical component of the J-100 scholarship selection process.  The interview, along with the cadet’s essay, Instructor’s Letter of Recommendation, and cadet activity sheet/resume, primarily serves to determine the best 100 cadets from the group of finalists meeting the LEB.

Based on results of the LEB, scholarships will be offered to the top 100 selects, and a number of alternates will be identified.  Scholarship offers are only validated with upon cadet Acceptance actions in WINGS accompanied with a Letter of Acceptance from the university where the scholarship will be applied.  Scholarship declinations will result in opportunities for alternates to be offered scholarships.  Cadets designated as Alternates are encouraged to be ready to take action any time after Selects and Alternates  to complete/meet required Acceptance actions within the established timelines, if offered a scholarship.  See timelines below for required actions regarding the scholarship application process.


2021-2022 TIMELINE


Ø     20 Sep 21: Nomination module opens

Ø     20 Sep – 19 Nov 21: Application window opens

Ø     19 Nov 21: Applications close/due NLT 11:59pm Central Time

Ø     NLT 1 Dec 21: Announcement of Finalists who will meet Leadership Evaluation   Board (LEB)

Ø     13-17 Dec 21: LEB interviews week

Ø     NLT 10 Jan 22: LEB results approved

Ø     NLT 21 Jan 22: Announcement of Scholarship Selects and Alternates

Ø     30 Apr 22: Cadet Notification of Intent to Accept or Decline offer due to AFJROTC Scholarship Team

Ø     31 May 22: Scholarship Acceptance due in WINGS (must include college Letter of Acceptance) by 11:59pm Central Time