Applicants must have been Sea Cadets for at least two years and be a member at the time of application. They must be rated NSCC E-3 or higher and receive a recommendation from their commanding officer, NSCC Committee Chairman and a high school principal or counselor. A B+ average or better is required, and SAT/ACT scores and class rank are considered. Applicants must present evidence of acceptance from an accredited institution of higher learning. Stockholm Scholars are selected every four years or when the previous scholar ceases to meet continuation criteria.