AEROSPACE STUDIES (AFS)
Georgetown College, in cooperation with the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) detachment at the University of Kentucky, offers a two, three, or four-year Air Force ROTC program. These programs allow qualified students an opportunity to earn a commission as an officerin the active duty U.S. Air Force while completing the requirement for a degree in their chosen field. The Air Force ROTC courses are offered on the campus of the University of Kentucky. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students attend classes at the University of Kentucky (UK) while enrolling for all other courses at Georgetown College. For more information, visit afrotc.as.uky.edu. Note that sixteen semester hours of ROTC credit can be counted toward a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown College. Upon graduation from the College and completion of either the two-, three-, or four-year Air Force ROTC program, students are commissioned as active duty second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
Scholarships may be available to qualified students who enroll in the Air Force ROTC program. These scholarships provide full payment of tuition, laboratory fees, an allowance for books and a nontaxable subsistence allowance every month. Students coming to Georgetown College on an Air Force ROTC scholarship receive free room and board for the number of years equal to the length of their scholarship and must enroll for Aerospace Studies classes to activate their scholarship.
High school seniors are eligible for a four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of:
- Results of the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
- High school academic record and class rank
- Extra-curricular and athletic activities
- Personal interview with an Air Force officer
High school seniors who feel they can meet the basic eligibility requirements for a four-year scholarship must submit an application by December 1 of the year prior to graduation from high school. All selections are made at Air Force ROTC headquarters in Alabama. High school students should apply for scholarships online at www.afrotc.com.
Scholarships are also awarded to cadets enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program on a competitive basis for two and three years. Initial qualification for these is handled by the detachment staff at the University of Kentucky. Final selection is made by a central selection board at Air Force ROTC headquarters. Express scholarships may also be available for qualified minority students or students with scientific and technical academic majors. Call 859-257-7115 for details.
General Military Course
The General Military Course (GMC), taken during the freshman and sophomore years, consists of eight paired courses (AFS111 & 112, AFS113 & 114, AFS211 & 212, and AFS213 & 214), each carrying one hour of credit. Each course meets once a week. One is an academic course and one is a Leaership Laboratory. Leadership Laboratory is open to students who are members of AFROTC or are eligible to pursue a commission as determined by the Professor of Aerospace Studies.
Professional Officer Course
Admission to the Professional Officer Course (POC) is competitive. Individuals who have completed the GMC may apply, as well as any other interested applicants. All applicants must successfully complete a Field Training camp prior to entrance into the POC. Individuals who have completed the GMC will attend a four-week camp while those individuals interested in the two-year program will attend a longer camp. The POC consists of four academic courses, each a three-credit-hour course. It also consists of four Leadership Laboratory classes for which there is one credit hour. The academic classes and the Leadership Laboratory meet once a week. All cadets contracted in the POC receive a monthly nontaxable subsistence allowance and could qualify for a scholarship as long as they have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Students who receive scholarship receive funding to help pay for tuition and books in addition to their monthly nontaxable subsistence.
Information is subject to change. Specific questions should be addressed to: Unit Admissions Officer, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0028, or call 1-859-257-7115.