Army ROTC Scholarship Chances and Requirements

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The Army is the largest military branch in the United States. Its job is to protect the country and its citizens. The Army is made up of many groups and organizations. The Military Occupational Specialty you choose determines your branch. For example, if you are interested in becoming a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, you will end up in the Aviation branch. If you are interested in nursing, you will join the Nursing Corps.

The United States Army has a component called the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC, AROTC, or SROTC). It is the largest ROTC program, with 20,000 ROTC cadets in 273 ROTC programs at major universities throughout the United States. These schools are categorized as Military Colleges (MC), Military Junior Colleges (MJC) and Civilian Colleges (CC).

The modern Army ROTC was created by the National Defense Act of 1916. This program commissioned its first class of lieutenants in 1920. However, the concept behind ROTC had its roots in military training which began taking place in civilian colleges and universities as early as 1819 with the founding of the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy at Norwich, Vermont, followed by various state chartered military schools and finally civilian land grant colleges after the Civil War, which required military training.

The Army ROTC is a way for young men and women to start strong in life. The college elective for undergraduate and graduate students, that provides unrivalled leadership training for success in any career field. If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career.

The United States Army offers Army ROTC scholarships that assist students with financing their education. Army ROTC scholarships are available to both college-bound high school students and those already attending college or university. The scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.

There are three different types of scholarships available to high school students. These scholarships are won through the national ROTC scholarship selection board which convenes on three different dates that vary slightly each school year.

  • Four-year scholarships offered to candidates who pay for full tuition for all four years of their undergraduate degree.
  • Three-year advanced designee scholarships that require students to enroll in a college ROTC program and be a full-time college student. For which the student’s freshmen year will not be paid for by the Army. If the student displays academic competences and receives a recommendation by the program’s Professor of Military Science, the remaining three years will be paid for in full.
  • Two-year scholarships, known as Early Commissioning Program scholarships, or Ike Skelton scholarships. these scholarships enable a student to commission into the Army Reserves or the Army National Guard in two years instead of the usual four. Students are required to attend a Military Junior College for two years and will commission after. As students will have an associates rather than the required bachelors for the Basic Officer Leaders Course, students will have up to three years to earn their bachelors and are eligible for the Educational Assistance Program which can pay for up to two years of tuition. If students wish to go Active Duty on the ECP route, they will have to do so through their respective MJC.
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ROTC scholarships for those already attending college or university will cover the remaining years of their study.

  • Three-year scholarship for students who have three academic years of college remaining.
  • Two-year scholarship for students who have two academic years of college remaining.

If you are an enlisted Soldier in the Army and interested in becoming an officer, you can try for the Army ROTC scholarships for enlisted soldiers. This scholarship program is called the Army ROTC Green to Gold Division Commander’s Hip Pocket Scholarship Program. The program provides selected Soldiers the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements and obtain a commission through participation in the ROTC Scholarship program. Each year, division commanders may nominate deserving Soldiers for two, three, and four-year Green to Gold scholarships. units are encouraged to nominate Soldiers that have exhibited the potential for further outstanding service to the United States and the Army as Commissioned Officers. Interested Soldiers are encouraged to follow-up with their chain of command.

Army ROTC Scholarship Requirements

Army ROTC cadets are scholars, athletes and leaders. Typically, those who volunteer to serve their nation through Amy ROTC are well-rounded students with good grades and strong potential to serve in leadership positions. More than half of them have held office in their cohort class or in the student body. Most are National Honor Society members. Many are members of school, church, or private clubs and other organizations, and others are varsity letter winners and varsity team captains.

The U.S. Army is looking for achievers with broad interests, leadership ability, and a demonstrated willingness to take on and overcome challenges.

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In order to be eligible for an Army ROTC scholarship, you must:

  • 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)
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

As a recipient, your commitment is to complete an eight-year period of service with the Army. This includes serving full time in the Army for four years, with the balance in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Non-scholarship Cadets who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve for three years. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

It’s an experience that you can’t get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Contact your campus Military Science department for more specific details on your Army ROTC service commitment.

Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does not involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC scholarship.

Army ROTC Scholarship Timeline 

National High School Scholarships are awarded once a year. High School Seniors apply by in June and selections are made continuously thru April. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between March 1 and November 1. Also, once cadets are on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships become available, and are allocated throughout the year.

Below is the Army ROTC Scholarship timeline and criteria.

Application Timeline

Application Open

June 1st before senior year

Initiation Deadline

January 10th of senior year

Document Deadline

February 28th of senior year

Winner Notification

Post-board (Oct/Jan/Mar)

Scholarship Criteria


Online Portal

AVG Winner GPA

3.5 – 3.75

HS Transcript

Scan to portal

SAT and ACT Scores (Minimum/Average)

SAT = 920 / 1250

ACT = 19 / 28

Physical Fitness Assessment

1-min push ups

1-min curl ups

1-mile run


Senior ROTC Unit (#1 preference)

The Army ROTC scholarship board 2021/2022 dates are as the following.

High School Year 2021/2022 National Board Deadlines

4-year High School Application Opens for SY 20-21

Estimated on June 12

1st High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents

Review Board 1 – 19-23 October 2020
1st High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline


1st High School Selection Board


2nd High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents

Review Board 2 – 25-29 January 2021
2nd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline

Estimated on January, 2021

2nd High School Selection Board

Estimated on January, 2021
4-year High School Application Deadline for SY 21-22

Estimated on February, 2021

Final (3rd) High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents – Missing Items

Review Board 3 – 15-19 March 2021

3rd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline

Estimated on March, 2021
Final (3rd) High School Selection Board

Estimated on March, 2021

Green to Gold Scholarship Board Deadlines

Green to Gold Scholarship & ADO & Hip Pocket Application Opens

June 12, 2020
Green to Gold Scholarships & ADO Application Closes

Estimated on November

Green to Gold Selection Board

Estimated on December
Green to Gold Hip Pocket Application Closes

Estimated on April 2021

The Army ROTC scholarship board results should be announced two to four weeks after the completion of each board.

Benefits and Training Obligations

Generally, Army ROTC scholarships consist of:

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

The scholarships also provide a $420 per month living allowance for each school year. Non-scholarship Cadets in ROTC advanced courses (3rd and 4th year) also receive this allowance.

Scholarship Benefits

Tuition Benefit

100% Tuition
Room and Board

$10,000 in lieu of tuition benefit

Academic Majors

All majors accepted
Book Allotment

$1,200 Annually

Monthly Stipend

$300-$500 (class dependent)
Uniforms / Equipment


Training Obligations

Weekly Classes

2x classes with peers (50-75 min/class)
Physical Training

3x sessions/week

Training Labs

1x military training lab/week (2 hours/lab)
Summer Training

Basic Camp (FR)

Advanced Camp (JR)

Nurse Training (JR for nurses)

Field Training

1x FTX/semester

Army ROTC Scholarship Contacts

Go to to apply for an Army ROTC scholarship.

Inquiries regarding admission and scholarships may be sent to or by email, or call 1-888-944-2769.

For more information, visit the Army ROTC website.

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