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Army ROTC Scholarships

While you gain invaluable leadership skills in Army ROTC, you can continue your college education at the same time—without having to pay for it.

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Go to College Now, Without Going into Debt

Scholarships and stipends from Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) allow you to focus on your education, instead of wondering how you’ll pay for it. You'll graduate with a respected and secure career path as an Army Officer, and without debt for the school years your scholarship covers.

You’re eligible to apply for ROTC scholarships if you’re a high school student enrolling in college, currently-enrolled college student, or an active enlisted Soldier.

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Get a Full Scholarship and Monthly Stipends

Get the full college experience, all paid for, in exchange for a commitment to serve in the Army as an Officer after graduation.

  • The full scholarships can be applied to any of the more than 1,000 participating schools
  • You can receive part of the approximately $250 million in scholarships the Army awards each year
  • Your achievements and grades determine if you’ll be awarded a scholarship, not your financial need

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Bonuses for Special Areas of Study

Your language skills can earn you even more through our Critical Language Incentive Pay program.

  • Earn up to a $3,000 bonus if you study a language in college that matches one of the Army’s important language needs
  • Get opportunities to study abroad and learn the language in a local setting while gaining important cultural skills that will set you apart when you graduate and become an Officer

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Additional Money for Living Expenses

Receive monthly stipends to offset costs of living.

  • All scholarships include an extra $420 per month for the school year to use toward monthly expenses, like housing

Apply While In High School

As a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by applying for the ROTC National Scholarship, a Four-Year Scholarship, at a participating school.

Your Commitment

Your acceptance of the scholarship means a commitment of:

  • Eight years in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard
  • You may be eligible to serve part time while pursuing a civilian career immediately after graduation

How To Apply

Get started on your scholarship application:

  • Create an account on My GoArmy
  • Upon creating an account, login to the Scholarship Application
  • Locate and contact the ROTC enrollment Officer at the school you plan to attend—their years of experience can help improve your chances

Important Dates

Applications opened June 12, 2021. The Army ROTC National Scholarship Board will review applications for the 2021-2022 school year on:

  • Oct. 18-22, 2021
  • Jan. 24-28, 2022
  • Mar. 14-18, 2022

Apply While in College

If you decide to join Army ROTC as a current college student, you’ll have access to Four-Year, Three-Year, or Two-Year Scholarships. Two-Year Scholarships are perfect for those who attend a two-year community college before transferring to a four-year university.

Your Commitment

Four-Year Scholarship:

  • Eight years in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard
  • You may be eligible to serve part time while pursuing a civilian career immediately after graduation

Three-Year & Two-Year Scholarships:

  • Four years in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard
  • You may be eligible to serve part time while pursuing a civilian career immediately after graduation

How To Apply

Locate and contact the ROTC enrollment Officer at your school to discuss how to apply. Their years of experience will help the process and improve your chances of being awarded a scholarship.

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Standard Requirements for ROTC Scholarships

To be accepted for any ROTC Scholarship, you must meet these standards:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Pass the Army fitness test
  • Meet the physical weight and height requirements
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in Army Reserve or Army National Guard

Career-Building Scholarship Programs

Scholarships for Studying Nursing

Nursing students who are in Army ROTC can apply for the Two-Year, Three-Year, or Four-Year Army ROTC scholarships. To apply, follow the directions above for high school students or college students, depending on your education level.

Being a nurse in the Army provides you with opportunities not found in the civilian world, including a three-week paid Nurse Summer Training Program, which introduces students to the Army Medical Department and the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer.

Scholarships for Enlisted Soldiers

Enlisted Soldiers have unique scholarship opportunities to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Additionally, they allow you to showcase your potential to your division commander and get nominated for a Division Commander’s Two-Year, Three-Year, or Four-Year Hip Pocket Scholarship.

Apply online to get two, three, or four years of tuition or room and board covered by the Green to Gold Scholarship.