Getting your college education is expensive, but Army ROTC scholarships help keep your focus on getting your college degree. Two-, three- and four-year scholarships are available, as well as monthly stipends.
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) prepares college students to become future officers. As a cadet, participation takes just a few hours per week, so you’ll maintain a normal collegiate schedule, in which ROTC is an elective. In class, you’ll study leadership and have the opportunity to learn skills like rappelling, marksmanship, and orienteering. Best of all, on graduation, those who complete ROTC will receive a bachelor’s degree and commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant. Visit our ROTC page for more information.
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Whether you're a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need. University based scholarships are also available.
Army ROTC scholarships are valuable in many ways:
High school students - Apply online for a four-year scholarship.
Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:
Contracted Cadets receive the stipend even if they are non-scholarship.
The Simultaneous Membership Program is for soldiers already in the National Guard. SMP cadets are also elligble for the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship.
The Green to Gold Program is for currently active enlisted soldiers who wish to stay on active duty while obtaining their college degree.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarships are available through the ARNG for students that desire to participate in the Senior ROTC program. These scholarships guarantee that the student once graduated from school and commissioned in the U.S. Army must serve their obligation in the ARNG. ARNG scholarships are available in the following lenghts: 2, 2.5, and 3-years. To be eligible for the scholarships the student must have exactly that amount of school remaining. For example, to be eligible for the two-year scholarship the student must have exactly two years of school remaining; to be eligible for the 2.5-year scholarship the student must have exactly 2.5 years of school remaining. Contact the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at your schools Army ROTC department to determine specific eligibility requirements.
These scholarships pay up to $20,000 for tuition and fees or room & board. The student can choose which option they desire. In addition, a $1200 per year book allowance is paid to the student. Also, a cadet stipend is paid per month to the student in the following amounts: $350 for the sophomore year, $450 for the junior year, and $500 for the senior year. If eligible for Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
Available for all Non-Scholarship Cadets (including MSIs and MSIIs) who are drilling Reservists or Guardsmen - No MOS requirement
The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as Officer trainees in the Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.
The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows selected enlisted members of the Army Reserve and Army National Guard to simultaneously participate in any Army ROTC program. Being an SMP allows you to earn your drill pay, which is paid at the rate of Sergeant (E-5, or your current rank if higher), understudy with a unit officer and perform officer duties, contract as cadet, and earn the ROTC (tax-free) stipend of $350 for your sophomore year, $450 for your junior year, and $500 for your senior year. You may also be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill®
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) and Dedicated Army National Guard (DEDNG) scholarships are available through the Army Reserve Officers' Training Course (ROTC). These scholarships guarantee that commissioned Cadets serve ARNG.
GRFD scholarships are available for up to two years and allow simultaneous use with the Select Reserve Montgomery GI Bill® (a.k.a. “Guard” GI bill®, chapter 1606 or 1607).
The DEDNG scholarship is available for up to three years but does not allow simultaneous use with the Guard GI bill®.
Major scholarship qualifications include: US citizenship, 2.5 GPA, under 31 years of age for the entire year of commissioning, pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, meet Army height/weight standards, full-time student, and be of good moral character. Your local WAARNG Officer Recruiter will assist in setting up a meeting with the PMS to ensure you meet the standards for enrollment.
These scholarships pay 100% tuition and mandatory fees, or can pay room & board (not to exceed $10,000 per year). Room & board payment is for on campus (pays actual cost, not to exceed $10,000) or off-campus (pays the average R&B plan for the university, not to exceed $10,000). All scholarships come with a $1,200 per year book allowance paid directly to the student. National Guard scholarships for room & board can be used with federal and/or state tuition assistance to cover all major college expenses (tuition & fees, room & board, books). Cadets are also paid a monthly stipend in the following amounts: $350 for the sophomore year, $400 for the junior year, and $500 for the senior year. If eligible for Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) the student may qualify for an additional $350 per month MGIB “SMP” kicker.
Note that all ARNG scholarship students must participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) with an ARNG unit while in school. The Cadet drills with an ARNG unit and paid at the rank of E-5, approximately $283 per month, unless already in the ARNG and holds a rank higher than E-5. You are also non-deployable until completing BOLC III after graduation. You can also accept the GRFD while working on a Masters degree!