"This prep program will help improve those academic and life skills so they can go on to succeed at the NROTC program at UMaine" Captain Sean Kearns said.
UMaine and the NRTOC have collaborated to create the "Pathways to Engineering" program.
"We'll be bringing 10 students from around the country" Jeffrey Hecker, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs explained. "These are bright, highly motivated students, from around the country coming to study engineering or another stem discipline."
Administrators at the University of Maine says they're excited to be bringing in a diverse group of students.
"We're providing a very generous scholarship, including room and board for these students to come to the University of Maine for year one" Hecker added.
For years two through five of the program, the students will receive full NRTOC scholarships.
There are similar programs in other areas of the country.
Captain Kearns said he believes UMaine's program is just as competitive.
"UMaine's program has jumped up side by side with them and it's actually going to be a little larger in scope, with ten students that have already been selected and they've already accepted the offers" Kearns said.