Army ROTC is the single largest source of scholarship money
in the United States. Each year, the Army awards millions
of dollars in scholarships to thousands of deserving students
The Army awards scholarships based on applicant merit, not
on financial need. Four-, three-, and two-year scholarships
are available to qualified students.
Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship Program
The Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship program is available
to students who have graduated from high school or possess
an equivalent certificate before September of the year they
Students are awarded U.S. Army ROTC 4-year scholarships through
a highly competitive national selection process. Scholarships
pay up to $20,000 a year for college tuition and education
fees, OR room and board, whichever is chosen by the student.
An additional scholarship benefit is a designated book allowance.
Army scholarship winners also receive a tax-free subsistence
allowance which increases as they progress through Military
Science, for up to 10 months for each year the scholarship
is in effect. The Scholarship does not pay flight fees.
It is important that you contact the Army Professor of Military
Science (PMS) early on in the application process at the universities
you have an interest in to find out the number and types of
scholarships that are available at that school. The number
of scholarships at the individual universities are limited
based on each school's tuition cost (resident and nonresident).
The allocations allow Army ROTC to send tomorrow's Army officers
to over 272 schools across the nation. After telephonic interviews
are conducted, the individual universities hold selection
boards and the PMS will select the individuals to be offered
a scholarship to their school. Any offer of a scholarship
is tied to the name of the university listed on your notification
letter and cannot be used at another university.
NOTE: Limited numbers of 4-, 3-, and 2-year scholarships
are available once a student is on campus. Applicants should
check with the Professor of Military Science (PMS) once they
are attending classes.
Scholarship recipients may not attend ROTC Leadership Training
Course (LTC) for training experience. Attendance at LTC forfeits
an individual's eligibility for scholarship.
Scholarship students lead essentially the same life as other
college students. You may pursue any course of study leading
to a baccalaureate degree that is listed in the Approved Academic
Disciplines List and you may engage in any activity that does
not interfere with your ROTC requirements - which include
prescribed Military Science Courses, participation in scheduled
drill periods, and attending a 4-week ROTC Leader Development
and Assessment Course (LDAC) between your Junior and Senior
Upon successful completion of ROTC and baccalaureate degree
requirements, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant
in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or the National Guard.
General Eligibility Requirements
You must meet the following general eligibility requirements
to receive an Army ROTC scholarship.
• Be a United States citizen.
• Be 17 years of age within the first semester of your freshman
year, and must not reach your 31st birthday by 31 December
of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive
• Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate
before September of the year you will enter college. If you
are taking or have taken college courses, you must be considered
a beginning Freshman and have 4 academic years remaining for
a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment in the fall of the
year you will enter college.
• If you are in an accelerated program and will complete
your senior year of high school and first year of college
concurrently - you must have 4 academic years remaining in
an approved baccalaureate degree program upon enrollment in
• If you are a college freshman in a documented five year
program with 4 years remaining in fall, you must submit verification
from your university that your course of study is a five year
program and that you will have four full years remaining.
Contact the Army Professor of Military Science (PMS) at your
university for a copy of a planned academic program worksheet.
• Have no moral obligations or personal conviction that
will prevent you from -
•• Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United
States against all enemies - foreign and domestic.
•• Conscientiously bearing arms.
• Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil
• Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
• Receive at least a minimum SAT score of 920 or an ACT
composite score of 19.
• All scholarship applicants' physical ability must be assessed.
We will request that your guidance counselor arrange for you
to take The President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test. The
required information will be sent directly to your high school.
For your convenience click here
to print a copy of The President's Challenge Physical Fitness
Scorecard and click here
to print the test event instructions.
If you are selected for a U.S. Army ROTC scholarship, you
are required to:
• Sign a contract with the Secretary of the Army. If you
are 17 years of age when you enroll, your parents or guardian
must also sign this contract. If you are 18 or older, only
your signature is required. This contract contains a requirement
to repay the United states Government for all financial assistance
received if, after you begin your sophomore year, you fail
to comply with the terms of the contract. This repayment may
be monetary or in the form of enlisted service. The choice
rests with the Army and not the scholarship cadet.
• Enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve for a period of 8 years.
You must be 17 years of age in order to sign an enlistment
• Pursue the academic discipline (if applicable) identified
in the letter that notifies you of your selection as a scholarship
recipient. If you have indicated engineering, you must attend
the accredited engineering school listed in your announcement
letter. As a nurse scholarship recipient, you must attend
the Designated Nursing Education School named in your announcement
• Attend the paid 4-week ROTC Leader Develpment and Assessment
Course (LDAC) normally between your Junior and Senior years
• Accept a commission to serve on active duty or reserve
duty (Army Reserve, or Army National Guard) upon completion
of the required academic and ROTC courses.
• Serve in the military for a period of 8 years. This may
be fulfilled by:
•• Serving on active duty, if selected, for 4 years followed
by service in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or United States
Army Reserve (USAR) or the inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for
the remainder of the 8-year obligation.
•• Serving 8 years in an ARNG or USAR Troop Program Unit
which includes a 3 to 6 month active duty period for initial
See the ROTC
FAQ page for additional information regarding ROTC scholarships.
For more information about Army ROTC visit www.armyrotc.com or call 1-800-USA-ROTC.
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