ROTC offers many two, three, and four-year scholarships for which students may compete, awarded on merit. The scholarships pay full tuition, textbook costs ($900 per year), lab and other required college fees, related education expenses such as classroom materials, and a $300-$500 per month subsistence allowance. These scholarships are among the finest scholarships offered and can be used at hundreds of other universities and colleges across the United States for students to complete their baccalaureate training at a four-year school. ROTC scholarships are offered on a competitive basis and application must be submitted through the Army ROTC Detachment. In most cases deadline for scholarship applications is January of the year prior to enrollment, however, it is suggested that interested parties check with specific ROTC departments since in certain instances deadlines may vary. ROTC scholarships are not affected by other grants, loans, or VEAP. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be eligible to receive a baccalaureate degree, be no more than 30 years old during the year of graduation, be a U.S. Citizen, be at least age 17 at the time the scholarship is to be used, and be willing to serve on active duty for a period of four years for the active duty scholarship. There are also scholarships that will guarantee reserve duty in the National Guard or Reserves. These are only 2-year scholarships in the Reserves and can be up to 3-years in the National Guard. Those who elect to receive one of these scholarships will sign a guaranteed reserves forces duty contract which will preclude them from going on active duty for the first 8 years of their commissioned service. The obligation for one with a service which includes monthly weekend drills, an annual 2-week summer camp, and any unit deployments that may occur. This is a great option for ones who would like to pursue a civilian career after graduation but still remain with the military -- some say it is the best of both worlds.
(updated June 2007)