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  • Army ROTC Scholarships

    College/university students! Consider applying for an ROTC Scholarship with the Army National Guard. Here are some main points:
    • Three-year and two-year awards available for undergrads. Graduate students may apply for a two-year award only.
    • Recipients must serve as SMP cadets with a local National Guard unit while on scholarship. SMP cadets are not subject to federal mobilization.
    • Scholarships pay full tuition (no limit) to any accredited college/university in America.
    • You can use the ROTC scholarship to pay room & board on campus, instead of tuition.
    • May not use Federal and/or State Tuition Assistance while on ROTC scholarship of any kind, unless you opt to direct the ROTC scholarship towards payment of room & board on campus (reference: EOIM 08-17). This is an excellent option for cadets at a State school, whose Tuition Assistance largely covers.
    • After graduation and commissioning, serve eight years on drill status (one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer) with a National Guard unit (any state).
    • Guard officers generally have far greater influence over their branch and duty assignment than USAR or active component officers.
    • If you're in high school, you can apply now, and have a three-year scholarship waiting for you. The Guard has additional programs to pay for most (perhaps even all) of your first year of college.
    • To use an ROTC scholarship, you must complete your degree and commission prior to your 30th birthday. This requirement is based in federal law, so no waiver or exception is possible. Non-scholarship cadets can commission older, however.

    How to apply?
    1. Speak with your ROTC enrollment officer at your campus about enrolling in Army ROTC. You must meet ROTC eligibility standards in order to apply for the scholarship. Do not sign an ROTC contract, however, until you have the scholarship award!
    2. Apply through your ROTC program to your state's Army National Guard Officer Strength Manager.
    Because the funding for this program is so high, all qualified applicants have received an award for at least the past three years. Don't wait until the last minute, however, because you have several deadlines to meet. Many people have screwed themselves out of a scholarship because they waited too long to start the process.

    If interested, I strongly recommend that you contact your State OSM, so you can talk through your situation to ensure that you understand your obligations. Your local ARNG recruiter can put you in touch.
    Last edited by matthew.ritchie; December 15th, 2009, 03:32 PM. Reason: Update conditions for concurrent use of TA and ROTC scholarship