Campus-based scholarships are offered to students who were not offered or did not apply for the High School ROTC Scholarship or the Green to Gold program. Scholarships pay for full tuition and mandatory fees, for both resident and non-resident students. Campus based scholarships do not include free room and board (only the High School winners qualify for free room and board). Scholarship awardees also receive a book allowance and a tax-free monthly stipend to defray the cost of living. Applications can be submitted year round to the Department of Military Science.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must not be older than 31 on 31 December of the year you graduate
- If you are taking or have taken college courses you must be considered an academic sophomore for the 3-Year and an academic junior for the 2-year Scholarship, and have the same number of years remaining for a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment
- Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT and 19 on the ACT
- No record of arrest and/or civil convictions
- Have no moral or personal conviction against bearing arms or supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States
Those applicants advancing to further scholarship consideration are scheduled for a medical examination and a personal interview.
This interview may be conducted by telephone or in person depending on the distance involved. Any travel to and from the interview is at your own expense.
Individuals selected for an interview will be contacted and scheduled for a medical examination by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB). All winners must be medically qualified and enrolled to receive scholarship benefits. Travel to and from the examination is at your own expense.
If you are selected for a National ROTC Scholarship, you are required to:
- Sign a contract with the Secretary of the Army.
- Attend a 5-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course (AKA Warrior Forge) between your Junior and Senior Year.
- Accept a Commission to serve on active duty, National Guard, or Army Reserves upon degree completion.
- Serve in the military for a period of 8 years.
- This may be fulfilled by:
Serving active duty, if selected, for 4 years, followed by 4 years of service in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR)/National Guard/Army Reserves. You may elect to serve 8 years or longer on active duty, but only the first four are required. Terms of obligation begin at the time of commissioning.
Serve 8 years in the National Guard/Army Reserves, which includes a 3-6 month active duty term for initial training. Terms of obligation begins at time of commissioning.
GRFD (Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty) and Dedicated National Guard/Army Reserve Scholarships
The high price of tuition doesn't have to stand in the way of a great education. The Army National Guard and Army Reserves provide financial assistance to students who wish to attend college and enlist in the Guard/Reserves with two major scholarships: the Dedicated Army National Guard/Reserve scholarship (DEDNG) and the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty contract (GRFD).
GRFD and DEDNG/Reserve scholarships are for full-time students. These scholarships pay full tuition and mandatory fees, or can pay room and board (not to exceed $10,000 per year). In addition, cadets will be paid a monthly stipend. Following graduation, cadets begin a new Military Service Obligation (MSO) contract and serve eight years in the Guard/Reserves, which includes training.
DEDNG/Reserves scholarships cover full tuition. There is no limit to the number of scholarships given out each year in every state and U.S. territory. Recipients also receive up to $1,200 for books and are paid a monthly allowance in the following amounts: $350 during sophomore year, $450 during junior year and $500 during senior year. Grad students can also apply if they have only two years remaining until they graduate.
In addition to a monthly allowance, you can also receive the drill pay of a sergeant, approximately $225 per month, when you participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
The GRFD scholarship is similar to the DEDNG/Reserve scholarship, but is mainly for students entering their junior year of college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They also must join the SMP of a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) unit on their campus. GRFD recipients are funded each year at full tuition and receive $1,200 for books. They are given an ROTC allowance for 10 months of the year at $450 per month during their junior year and $500 per month during their senior year. As a member of the Guard, they will also receive drill pay.
If you receive one of these scholarships, you must be involved in the SMP with a National Guard unit while in school, and have a letter of acceptance from a local Guard unit stating that they will accept you in an SMP status.
In order to qualify for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
- Have a minimum score of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT
- Complete the ROTC Basic Course requirements or Basic Training
- Be medically qualified