ROTC Scholarships

Whether you’re a high school student gearing up for college or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has a scholarship for you. ROTC scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need.

And they’re offered in the following forms:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • Options for room and board in place of tuition, if you qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees


Army ROTC scholarships provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn different amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum.

  • 1st year, $300/month
  • 2nd year, $350/month
  • 3rd year, $450/month
  • 4th year, $500/month

This allowance is also available to all nonscholarship cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (3rd and 4th years).


Partnering graduate schools and seminaries that are listed below are now offering generous scholarships or tuition waivers to qualified students who enter the Army’s Chaplain Candidate program.


The U.S. Army health-care team will pay 100 percent of your tuition for a graduate-level health-care degree at any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychology or optometry program in the United States or Puerto Rico. Qualifying medical and dental students are also eligible to receive a $20,000 sign-on bonus.

My name is John Paul Gomez. I am an ROTC Cadet at the University of San Diego. I’m currently a Political Science major, with a Biology minor.

I told Cadet Gomez that we have a myriad of options for him; that he can pursue in the U.S. Army ROTC. And I told him the first thing he would want to do is to try the program out, see what it’s like, and then after the program Cadet Gomez can make a more informed decision.

The things I was really concerned with joining the ROTC program was how I was going to be able to make it through college successfully and what I was going to be doing after college. And the ROTC program just gave me the most opportunities to succeed while in college and afterwards.

When many of our students graduate from college they are given a Bachelor’s degree that has prepared them for a job in engineering, marketing, business, but the piece they’re missing is the character, education, the responsibilities, the professional development that goes along with being a Cadet in the Army ROTC program, as well as when they go off to be a Lieutenant in the United States Army.

I’m given the opportunity to lead my peers, to speak in front of others; to study and learn about things that otherwise would be inaccessible to a student in college. But at the same time I’ve gotten the full college experience.

My first reaction is, I was proud, I was very proud that he would want to do that. I did question him why, and part of the answer was just that he had spoken to his recruiter; he was very impressed with the different programs that they would be able to offer him throughout his school and as he continued in the ROTC program.

If someone’s considering ROTC, I would say, just go for it. I have not found another program that gives you more opportunities to succeed, to better yourself and just push yourself to the limits.