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Junior ROTC Scholarship

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The Outstanding JROTC Cadet Award

This high school level award fosters the principle of “citizen-soldier” as exemplified by the American Revolution’s Minuteman. This award is presented by an SAR Chapter, State-level Society, or the National Society to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the ROTC or JROTC unit, who should be given full latitude in making the selection. Qualified cadets are then selected through Chapter, State Society, and National Society levels of the contest competition. Selection criteria include demonstrated leadership potential, military bearing, and scholastic achievement. Each cadet must submit an original essay on a topic designated by the ROTC/JROTC & Services Academy Liaison Committee.

Each selected cadet at a High School JROTC program will be awarded the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal.  Cadets competing in the Enhanced Program will compete with other South Jersey Chapter high School JROTC units resulting in a South Jersey Chapter winner.  The winning cadet will then be sent to the New Jersey Society for a State-wide competition and receive an award of $250 and recognized at South Jersey SAR meeting.

The winner of each state-level society competition will be recognized at a New Jersey Society SAR meeting.  A cash award of $1000 is presented. The State winner  will be entered into the National JROTC Recognition program. 

The winning cadet at the national society level will receive his or her award at our annual SAR Congress. The award will be the National JROTC Medallion and an award of $5,000.  The 2nd Place award is $2,000 and the 3rd Place award is $1,000

with award levels for 4th and 5th Place at $500 each. For a complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found at the link below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR Society contact listed below for further details.

For further information please go to the National SAR page at

The South Jersey Chapter chair is Rich Serfass who can be contacted by clicking here.

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