Scholarships

Scholarship Information

Army ROTC awards hundreds of scholarships, available at over 600 schools. Army ROTC scholarships pay full tuition and required fees. They’re awarded on merit – like academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal interviews. Scholarship winners receive a stipend of $420 for each academic month, plus an allowance for books and other educational items. If you’re a non-scholarship student, you can still receive the stipend as a contracted Cadet. If you’re selected to receive a scholarship, you will have a commitment to the Army after completing the program. You can fulfill the commitment by either serving as an officer part time in the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, or full time on active duty.

Additional information can be located at www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html.

Scholarships for High School Students

High school students planning to attend a four-year college program can apply for a scholarship through the U.S. Army Cadet Command website.

Students can submit an application through the national scholarship process upon receiving final high school junior grades and achieving qualifying SAT or ACT scores. Army ROTC scholarship will begin awarding scholarships as early as November of the student’s senior year of high school. The deadline to submit an application is traditionally January 10th each year.

Steps to follow for consideration of the 4-year high school scholarship:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Submit High School transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and ROTC Physical Fitness Assessment results to U.S. Army Cadet Command.
  3. Complete an interview with the Professor of Military Science (senior Army officer in charge of the college program). Interviews can be set up by contacted the program’s Recruiting Officer. The interview can be conducted at the school closest to your residence; it does not have to be the school you are interested in attending.

The scholarship pays:

  • Full tuition plus mandatory fees or $5000.00 per semester for room & board
  • A $600 per semester book allowance
  • A $420.00 per month tax-free stipend based on academic status during the academic year

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 cumulative (unweighted) 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 1000 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.

Scholarships for College 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 $5000.00 per semester for room & board
    • A $600.00  per semester book allowance
    • A $420.00 tax-free stipend per month during the academic year.
  • Basic Camp scholarships: 2-year scholarships that require attendance at a four-week Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY the summer between the academic sophomore and junior year.
  • Scholarships pay:
    • Full tuition and mandatory fees or applied towards room & board
    • A $600 per semester book allowance
    • A $420.00 tax-free stipend per month during the academic year.
    • Must pass the Basic Physical Fitness Test (BPFT) prior to attending Basic Camp.
    • If you are interested in applying, contact Army ROTC at (919) 513.0863/(910) 973.7656 or smjohn18@ncsu.edu (Stephen Johnson)

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 1000 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.

 

Minuteman/GRFD (Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty) Scholarships

Minuteman (4, 3, or 2 Year Scholarships): The four-year National Guard (NG) and Reserve option was initiated in 2015. There are limited allocations (4) per state and USAR Major Subordinate Command (MSC) and are awarded to the best qualified applicants. Although these scholarships were designed for soldiers currently serving in NG or Reserve units they can be awarded to candidates that are willing to serve once the scholarship is offered.

  • Note: Receiving a nomination letter for a minuteman scholarship from your NG or Reserve representative is only the first step to winning the scholarship. You must complete the “Steps to follow for consideration of the GRFD scholarship” listed below to be considered for a scholarship award. Receiving an award letter from the Cadet Command Commanding General means you have an ROTC scholarship.

Two-Year and Three-Year GRFD Scholarships: The Two and Three-years GRFD scholarship can be awarded to soldiers currently serving in NG / Reserve units or an ROTC candidate willing to serve in the NG / Reserves while in school and after commissioning as an officer.

Steps to follow for consideration of the GRFD scholarship:

1. Complete the “ROTC Contracting Packet” and submit to your ROTC classroom instructor or ROTC recruiting officer.

2. Receive a nomination letter from your current NG/Reserve commander; those not currently serving must work through a local NG/Reserve recruiter to identify a unit commander is willing to accept them as a Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) candidate. A specific formatted letter is required for reserve soldiers (Letter of Acceptance).

  • National Guard Recruiters: SSG Oullette (919) 622-2700 / SSG Berrian (919) 812-9265
  • Reserve Recruiting Office: (919) 816-8350

3. Receive a signed SMP agreement from your respective unit commander.

4. Complete the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical examinations; you must be qualified for both.

5. Once approved the Cadet will sign the ROTC scholarship contract (DA form 597-3) and Enlistment contract (DD 4/1 & 4/2).

US Army Reserves Scholarship Information

Army National Guard Scholarship Information

*Note: The Commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command is the final approving authority for the ROTC scholarship.