Army ROTC Scholarships

NOTE: Students may participate in Army ROTC even if they do not receive a scholarship.

General Eligibility Requirements 

You must meet the following general eligibility requirements to receive an Army ROTC scholarship:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be at least 17 years of age and must not reach your 27th birthday by June 30 of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive your commission. If you have prior active duty military service, you may be eligible for extension of this age requirement - the age is extended 1 year for each 1 year of military service.  The maximum extension is 3 years.
  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate before September 2006. 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 2006.
  • 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 the fall of 2006.
  • If you are a college freshman in a documented five year program with 4 years remaining in fall 2006, 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 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 conviction.
  • 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. 

Obligations

If you are selected for an 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 aid received.  If after you begin your sophomore year, you fail to comply with the term 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 by the time of enrollment in order to sign an enlistment contract.
  • 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 Partnership in Nursing Education School named in your announcement letter.
  • Attend the 4-week Leader Development and Assessment Course normally between your junior and senior years of college.
  • 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 training. 

Selection Criteria 

All factors are important and are considered in the selection of scholarship winners. Selection of scholarship finalists is based on:

  • Results of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). You must achieve a minimum SAT score of 920 (composite of Verbal and Math) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 19 to qualify for competition. If you take both the SAT and ACT, please furnish the results of both test to this office - your best score will be used.
  • High school academic standing - your class size and rank are required.
  • You must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Extracurricular participation, athletic activities, and leadership positions held. If you have held part-time jobs during the school year and do not have the time for extensive participation in sports and extracurricular activities, you will be given credit based on the number of hours you worked per week.
  • Personal interview. It is very important that you apply to the schools you list on your application. Your information will only be given to the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at the schools you have listed if you become an interviewee. The PMS will then contact you for an interview. 

The President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test 

Upon receipt of your application, your High School will be asked to have you take The President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test for the following areas: sit-ups (curl-ups), 1-mile run and pushups. For more information on this test, go to: http://www.presidentschallenge.org          

Scholarship Interview 

The interview is conducted by an Army officer who will ask you questions and will answer any questions you may have about Army ROTC and the pursuit of an Army commission. If you are found to be competitive, you will be interviewed by Army Officers from the universities you listed as your school choices. The interview can be either telephonic or in person depending on distances involved. Any cost incurred for transportation, food and lodging for the interview are your responsibility.
Medical Examination
 
Individuals selected for an interview will be contacted and scheduled for a medical examination by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB).   The following will apply if you are scheduled: 

  • You are responsible for your own transportation, food, and lodging related to this examination. Results of the medical examination will be furnished directly to you by DODMERB.
  • If you are unable to report for the examination as scheduled, you must notify DODMERB immediately. You will be rescheduled at that time. Please see the current tables of height and weight requirements for a 4-year scholarship and subsequent commissioning.
  • Your medical condition is not a consideration in the selection of winners; however, all winners must be medically qualified in order to enroll as a scholarship cadet and receive benefits. 

Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) 

The APFT will be given to all scholarship winners when they enroll in college in the fall.  Scholarship benefits will not begin until you have successfully passed the APFT. This fitness test consists of two minutes of repetitive push-ups and two minutes of repetitive sit-ups and a two mile run. 

  • A male between 17 and 21 years old should arrive at college able to do 42 push-ups, a female 19 push-ups. 
  • A male needs to be able to do 53 sit-ups and a female 53 sit-ups. 
  • A good time for the two mile run for a male would be 16 minutes and for a female 19 minutes. 
  • Good physical conditioning is critical and prior physical conditioning and muscle toning is essential.