ARMY ROTC Scholarship Information

ARMY ROTC Scholarship Information

Requirements

Scholarship Requirements 4-year* Starting college as a freshman 3-year**
Already finished one year of college
Active Duty – Green to Gold***
If enlisted in the Army, you may qualify for a 4-, 3-, or 2-year scholarship
U.S. Citizen X X X
Age 17 before the scholarship is effective. X X X
Under 27 years old on June 30 of the year you expect to graduate college and be commissioned. Extension up to three years may be granted to veterans. X X X
Take the SAT or ACT by November of the year you apply. X X
Have a minimum of 920 SAT or ACT composite of 19. X X X(4-year)
Good high school grades. X X X(4-year)
Participate in leadership, extracurricular and athletic activities. (Part-time jobs earn substitute credit.) X X
High school graduate or equivalent. X X X
Agree to accept a commission as either a Regular Army, Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve officer. X X X
Meet physical standards. X X X
Meet the required cumulative grade point average in all academic courses. X X
Be recommended by the Professor of Military Science (PMS). X X
* Selection of four-year scholarship winners is based on the results of SAT or ACT tests/ the school officials’ evaluations; extracurricular, leadership and athletic activities; a personal interview with the PMS and a Physical Aptitude Examination.

** Selection of three-year scholarship winners is based on performance in academic studies (and military science courses if already enrolled in ROTC), successfully passing the Physical Aptitude Examination or Army Physical Readiness Test, a personal interview and observation by the PMS, an don demonstrated motivation towards an Army career.

*** Green to Gold applicants, in addition to the requirement above, must have completed two years of active duty prior to discharge and three months of service for every month of specialized training received. Applicants need a score of 180 or higher with a minimum of 60 points in each event on the Army Physical Readiness Test, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all previous college work, a GT score of 110 or higher, and other selection criteria as prescribed by regulation. SAT/ACT minimum not required to apply for a two-year scholarship.

Leader’s Training Course

Leader’s Training Course is not a scholarship option so much as a means to obtain a two year scholarship. Prospective cadets entering their third year of college who have no prior military experience may attend this four week course at Fort Knox, Kentucky during the summer between their second and third years of college.

There, prospective cadets will learn basic military skills and receive leadership training. A small cash stipend is also available to individuals who attend this course. There is no obligation to join ROTC following the completion of the course, but those cadets whose performance is exceptional may be extended a two year scholarship offer.

Two Year Scholarships

Two year scholarships are intended for college students who have between 60 and 90 college credit hours. If you have no prior military experience, then you must attend the Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, a four week basic training course, in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship and enter the ROTC Advanced Course as an MS III.

If you have prior military experience, the above requirement is waived due to past military training. Prior service cadets who receive a scholarship may be allowed to enter directly into the ROTC Advanced Course as an MS III, depending on the amount of college coursework completed.

Benefits of this scholarship option include:

  • Up to $20,000 in annual tuition assistance.
  • $450 per semester for books ($900 annually).
  • Monthly stipend of $450 for third year students and $500 for fourth year students.
  • G.I. Bill benefits may also apply for qualified applicants.

Under this option, cadets enter the ROTC Advanced Course as an MS III cadet.

Three Year Scholarships

Three year scholarships are intended for college students with no prior military experience who have between 30 and 60 college credit hours. High school seniors who are unable to receive a four year scholarship may instead be considered for a three year scholarship in which benefits begin during the second year of college. These types of scholarships are also highly competitive, so only the most qualified candidates who apply early will be considered, yet the benefits are also great.

Benefits of this scholarship option include:

  • Up to $20,000 in annual tuition assistance.
  • $450 per semester for books ($900 annually).
  • Monthly stipend of $350 for second year students, $450 for third year students, and $500 for fourth year students.

Cadets who choose this scholarship option and are college sophomores will enter the ROTC Basic Course as an MS I compression cadet, being promoted to the MS II class upon successful completion of the first semester MS I class. Cadets may also be appointed directly to the MS II class with permission of the professor of military science.

Four Year Scholarships

Four year scholarships are designed for current high school seniors or college students with fewer than 30 credit hours who have no prior military experience who are interested in making an immediate commitment to the ROTC program and the goal of becoming an Army officer. These types of scholarships are highly competitive, so only the most qualified candidates who apply early will be considered, yet the benefits are great, with most of the costs associated with higher education being completely paid.

Benefits of this scholarship option include:

  • Up to $20,000 in annual tuition assistance.
  • $450 per semester for books ($900 annually).
  • Monthly stipend of $300 for first year students, $350 for second year students, $450 for third year students, and $500 for fourth year students.

Cadets who choose this scholarship option will enter the ROTC Basic Course as an MS I cadet.

Special Opportunities For Those Interested In Nursing

Nurses are vital to our Army because they provide the support necessary to ensure that American fighting men and women receive the best possible health care. The Army recognizes the importance of nurses, and students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a master’s degree in the same may enroll in the ROTC program and receive special benefits.

Benefits of this scholarship option include:

  • Up to $20,000 annual tuition assistance drawn from a separate nurse fund, which means nursing cadets are more likely to receive a scholarship.
  • $450 per semester for books ($900 annually).
  • Monthly stipend of $300 for first year students, $350 for second year students, $450 for third year students, and $500 for fourth year students.
  • Cash bonuses of several thousand dollars and up for certain specialty fields or duty assignments.

Green to Gold Scholarships

The Green to Gold Program is intended for soldiers currently serving on active duty with at least two years on active duty. Depending on the number of previously earned college credits, soldiers who enroll in the Green to Gold program may receive two, three, or four year scholarships. Those soldiers who have sufficient college credits may be given credit for the ROTC Basic Course and placed in the ROTC Advanced Course as an MS III cadet.

Securing a green to gold scholarship is difficult, but the benefits are great, comparable to those received by other scholarship cadets.

Benefits of this scholarship option include:

  • Up to $20,000 in annual tuition assistance.
  • $450 per semester for books ($900 annually).
  • Monthly stipend of $300 for first year students, $350 for second year students, $450 for third year students, and $500 for fourth year students.
  • G.I. Bill benefits may also apply.

Those soldiers who do not receive a scholarship but wish to enroll in ROTC may still do so under the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty

The GRFD option is available to those members of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) who desire a commission in the Reserve Component, either the Army Reserve or National Guard. Choosing this option may result in a possible two year scholarship, and it entitles one to a special contract that guarantees a minimum of eight years’ duty in the Reserve.

Benefits of this scholarship option include:

  • 100% coverage of tuition and fees.
  • A cash bonus depending on MOS.
  • Monthly stipend of $300 for first year students, $350 for second year students, $450 for third year students, and $500 for fourth year students.
  • Drill pay of $226 per month.
  • G.I. Bill benefits for those who qualify.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

The SMP option is available to currently serving members of the Reserve Component (Army Reserve or National Guard) or non-scholarship ROTC Basic Course cadets, MS Is and IIs, who wish to receive financial assistance. Members of the Reserve Component who wish to enroll in ROTC will serve concurrently in both their assigned unit and their ROTC unit, drawing benefits from both. Soldiers who are enrolled in ROTC will not be required to deploy.

Cadets with no prior service who choose this option will attend BCT and AIT or OSUT during the summer and will be assigned to a local National Guard or Reserve unit upon successful completion of training. Prior-service cadets who choose this option will simply be assigned to a unit. Previously-serving soldiers may be placed in the ROTC Advanced Course as MS III cadets, depending on the number of credit hours earned.

Benefits of this scholarship option include:

  • 100% coverage of tuition and fees.
  • A cash bonus depending on MOS.
  • Monthly stipend of $350 for second year students, $450 for third year students, and $500 for fourth year students.
  • Drill pay of $226 per month.
  • G.I. Bill benefits for those who qualify.

Those interested in the SMP program may also be interested in the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) option, which guarantees service in the Reserve Component upon commissioning.

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