Military science scholarships and benefits

Getting a college education is expensive. What you may not realize, is that the Army ROTC awards college scholarships to hundreds of students each year. ROTC scholarships are awarded strictly on merit to the most outstanding students who apply, regardless of their family's financial status.

The scholarships cover college tuition and educational fees up to $17,000 per year. Additional scholarship benefits include: a designated book allowance of $1,200 per year, as well as a tax-free allowance from $350-$500 per month for up to 10 months for each year the scholarship is in effect.

Types of Scholarships

  • Four-Year — Starting college as a freshman
  • Three-Year — Already finished one year of college
  • Two-Year — Already finished two years of college (You must attend ROTC Basic Camp the summer between your sophomore and junior year)
  • Active Duty — If enlisted in the Army, you may qualify for a four-year, three-year, or two-year scholarship

Requirements for ROTC Scholarships

  1. U.S. citizen
  2. Age 17 before the scholarship is effective
  3. Under 31 years old on December 31 of the year you expect to graduate college and be commissioned. Extension up to three years may be granted for veterans.
  4. Take the SAT or ACT by November of the year you apply
  5. Have a minimum of 920 SAT or ACT composite score of 19
  6. Good high school grades
  7. Participate in leadership, extracurricular and athletic activities (part time jobs earn substitute credit)
  8. Be a high school graduate or equivalent
  9. Pursue an army-approved academic major
  10. Agree to accept a commission as either a regular army, army national guard, or U.S. army reserve officer
  11. Meet physical standards
  12. Meet the required cumulative grade point average in all academic courses
  13. Be recommended by a professor of military science