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Scholarships for High School Seniors

Army ROTC High School (4-Year or 3-Year) Scholarships

This scholarship is for high school seniors (or individuals that will receive their GED) that are planning to enter college as a freshman the fall following their senior year in high school.

The scholarship pays:

  • Full tuition plus mandatory fees or applied towards room & board
  • A $600 per semester book allowance
  • A tax-free stipend based on academic status during the academic year ($350 per month for Freshmen, $400 per month for Sophomores, $450 for Juniors, and $500 for Seniors)

Criteria

High School Scholarships:

  1. Be a US Citizen.
  2. Be 17 by October of the semester you are entering college and must not reach 31 years of age before December 31st of the year you graduate from college and receive your commission
  3. Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
  4. Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate by September of the year you will enter college
  5. Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT or a 19 composite on the ACT; not including the written portion of the test
  6. Have no moral or personal conviction that will prevent you from:
    • Bearing arms
    • Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States
  7. Receive a waiver for any arrest or civil conviction (if applicable)

Although medical qualification is not required to be eligible to receive a scholarship offer, medical qualification is required in order to receive the scholarship benefits.

To receive the scholarship benefits you must also agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army National Guard, or U.S. Army Reserve) upon graduation and receipt of your commission.

National Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school seniors (or individuals that will receive their GED) that are planning to enter college as a freshman the fall following their senior year in high school.

The title of the scholarship is hyperlinked so that the information pertaining to applying, the requirements for being selected, the requirements for receiving it once on campus (i.e. – passing PT test and physical)

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

College Student Scholarships

Available for current freshmen (2-year, 3-year or 4-year scholarships), sophomores and juniors with at least 4-semesters remaining to graduate (2-year scholarship), and seniors planning to attend graduate school (2-year scholarship).

  • Scholarships pay:
    • Full tuition and mandatory fees or applied towards room & board
    • A $900 per semester book allowance
    • A tax-free stipend based on academic status during the academic year ($350 per month for Freshmen, $400 per month for Sophomores, $450 for Juniors, and $500 for Seniors)
  • Basic Course scholarships are 2-year scholarships and require attendance at the Leader’s Training Course (LTC) the summer between the academic sophomore and junior year. A conditional contract must be signed prior to attending LTC signifying the individual is interested in a career as an Army Officer, the contract will not become binding however, until the individual returns to school for the junior year and takes an oath from the Professor of Military Science.
  • Scholarships pay:
    • Full tuition and mandatory fees or applied towards room & board
    • A $900 per semester book allowance
    • A tax-free stipend based on academic status during the academic year ($350 per month for Freshmen, $400 per month for Sophomores, $450 for Juniors, and $500 for Seniors)
    • Must pass the Basic Physical Fitness Test (BPFT) prior to attending LTC.
    • Applications are always being accepted. If you are interested in applying, contact the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer (919) 513.0863 or tjquarle@ncsu.edu (MAJ Tommy Quarles)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be at least 17 years of age and must not reach 31 years of age before December 31st of the year you graduate from college and receive your commission.
  • Have a minimum college GPA of 2.5
  • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT or a 19 composite on the ACT; not including the written portion of the test
  • Have no moral or personal conviction that will prevent you from:
    • Bearing arms
    • Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States
  • Receive a waiver for any arrest or civil conviction (if applicable)

Although medical qualification is not required to be eligible to receive a scholarship offer, medical qualification is required in order to receive the scholarship benefits.

To receive the scholarship benefits you must also agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army National Guard, or U.S. Army Reserve) upon graduation and receipt of your commission.

 

Reserve Component

Simultaneous Membership Program

SMP Cadet – A reserve officer trainee assigned to a Reserve Component Troop Program Unit (TPU), while simultaneously participating as a contracted cadet in the ROTC Advanced Course at a university or college.

The National Guard is a great alternative for financial assistance in lieu of a scholarship. This option, called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), allows you to pursue your education and receive the financial benefits of a North Carolina National Guard Soldier.

See Your National Guard Benefits at: http://www.arng.army.mil/

  • 100% Tuition Assistance
  • Monthly Drill Pay ($134 and up after taxes)
  • $350-$500 per month ROTC stipend (SMP Cadets)
  • In-State Tuition (All NG Soldiers)
  • *$329 Monthly G.I. Bill for qualified Cadets*
  • Most Army ROTC SMP Cadets in the NG or Reserves have the benefits of the military without the worry of being deployed.

SMP Cadet Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Eligible for enlistment in, or already assigned to, an ARNG or USAR unit.
  • Has minimum 30 credits towards major and enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Be of good moral character and able to obtain a SECRET security clearance.
  • Meet height and weight standards.
  • Be physically fit and pass  the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).

Grade/Rank

  • SMP participants serve in ARNG/USAR units in the rank of “cadet” and receive drill pay in pay grade E-5 (higher, if higher enlisted rank held prior to contracting).
    SMP participants who are disenrolled from ROTC advanced Course will return to the grade and rank held prior to SMP participation.
  • Simultaneous Membership Program( SMP) Slide show
  • *Qualified Cadets are those that have completed BASIC (Enlisted Boot Camp) and AIT (Advanced Individual Training). Upon completion of both, Cadets may be granted the benefits of the Montgomery G.I. Bill.
  • For more information concerning the SMP Program while enrolled in NCSU ARMY ROTC please contact: SFC Ashley Dwyer, Army ROTC National Guard Recruiting Officer at: ashley.n.dwyer.mil@mail.mil

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty

The GRFD and Dedicated ARNG Scholarships are 2-year scholarships available for members of the Army Reserve (AR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) who desire to commission in the Reserve Forces. Applicants must be members of the AR or ARNG and participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) as a cadet. Both scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Students apply for this scholarship during the spring semester of their sophomore year. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a sophomore with 4 to 5 semesters remaining until graduation.

Contact the Army ROTC Recruiting Officer at (919) 515-0863 for more information.

 

DEDICATED ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SCHOLARSHIP (3 Year)

 

DEDICATED ARMY RESERVE SCHOLARSHIP (3 Year)

 

GUARANTEED RESERVE FORCE DUTY SCHOLARSHIP (GRFD) (2 Year)

Two scholarship options that ensure those selected will remain in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or US Army Reserve (USAR) upon graduation from college.

Additionally, these scholarships allow the receipient to request room and board as their election while using Federal Tuition Assistance ($4500/year) and/or NC Tuition Assistance Program (ARNG ONLY can use both) to pay their tuition.