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Ignite Your Passion for Faith, Flag, and Family

The Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) at Gardner-Webb University can enhance your education through unique leadership training and management experience. Develop the qualities necessary in either a military or civilian career. Build your future today by earning your college degree and an Army Officer’s commission at the same time. 

The powerful training, tools, and experiences you gain in ROTC will prepare you for any competitive environment.

As an elective curriculum, Army ROTC operates alongside your required collegiate coursework. You will still have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate you will be an Army Officer. Graduates commission as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army and embark in specialized branch training in either Active Duty, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard.

Cadet Life

An Army ROTC Cadet is a student first. Your highest priority will always be to excel in classes and complete your degree. As you progress through the ROTC program, your responsibilities will continue to increase as well. Seniors who have completed advanced courses may be tasked with giving military briefings to the other cadets. 

ROTC coursework consists of both classroom and lab. In class, cadets learn leadership and military skills from Active Duty members of the U.S. Army. During lab, cadets wear the camouflage uniform provided by ROTC and practice their leadership and military skills. 

One particular advantage ROTC cadets enjoy over their military academy colleagues is they receive  a traditional college experience. Cadets’ lives aren’t that dissimilar from other college students. You can work at local businesses, join clubs and organizations, and even perform community service. 

As an ROTC cadet, you will learn discipline through managing your daily life, not through strict institutionalization. Enrich your academic experience and enhance your future career with Army ROTC!

Scholarship Information

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Army ROTC awards hundreds of scholarships, available at over 600 schools. Army ROTC scholarships pay full tuition and required fees. They’re awarded on merit – like academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal interviews. Scholarship winners receive a stipend of $420 for each academic month, plus an allowance for books and other educational items. If you’re a non-scholarship student, you can still receive the stipend as a contracted Cadet. If you’re selected to receive a scholarship, you will have a commitment to the Army after completing the program. You can fulfill the commitment by either serving as an officer part-time in the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, or full-time by competing for Active Duty. TYPES OF ARMY ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS High School 4-year National and 3-year Advance Designated National Scholarships  

  • High school students planning to attend a four-year college program can apply for a 4-year Scholarship at through the U.S. Army Cadet Command website. 
  • Students can submit an application starting on June 12th each year.  Student will need final high school Junior grades and also an SAT or ACT score. Currently, there is no minimum SAT or ACT score required, but you are required to have an ACT or SAT score to apply for this scholarship. Army ROTC scholarship boards are conducted in October, January, and March of a student’s Senior year of high school. The deadline to submit an application is traditionally February 4th each year. 

Steps to follow for consideration of the 4-year high school scholarship: 

  1. Complete the online application 
  1. Submit High School transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and a ROTC Physical Fitness Assessment to U.S. Army Cadet Command scholarship portal. 
  1. Complete an interview with the Professor of Military Science (senior Army officer in charge of the college program). Interviews can be set up by contacting the program’s Recruiting Officer. The interview can be conducted at the school closest to your residence; it does not have to be the school you are interested in attending. 

  • The Minuteman Scholarship Campaign typically starts around 1 April and finishes around 1 August each year.
  • Minuteman Scholarships (4, 3, or 2- Year Scholarships): The 4-year National Guard and Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship option was established in 2015. There are limited allocations per State and USAR Major Subordinate Command (MSC) and are awarded to the best qualified applicants.  These scholarships are not available to Cadets already enrolled in an Army ROTC program.  They are available to current Army National Guard or Army Reserve Soldiers, or candidates that are willing to enlist once a Minuteman Scholarship offer is made.
  • Accepting a Minuteman Scholarship will lock a student in to an 8-year service obligation in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve upon commissioning.  There is no way to request and Active Duty commission once a student accepts a Minuteman Scholarship offer.
  • The Minuteman Scholarship process can be started by contacting a local Army National Guard or Army Reserve Recruiter.  The applicant must have a High School unweighted GPA above 2.5, must have an SAT score of 1000 or an ACT score of 19, and must have an Acceptance Letter from a College or University that has an Army ROTC program.
  • Applicants also must have a qualifying score of 31 on the ASVAB.  This test is taken through and Army National Guard or Army Reserve Recruiter.

  • Students that don’t get offered a 4-year National Scholarship or a 4-year Minuteman Scholarship, can pursue a Campus-Based Scholarship once the student completes his/her freshman year in college and meets the following criteria:
    Must has successfully passed all the Army ROTC freshman classes and leadership labs.
  • Must have a College GPA above a 2.5 (normally anything below a 2.8 is not competitive)
  • Must have turned-in an approved 4-year academic plan (CC Form 104R)
  • Must have passed the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)
  • Must meet Height & Weight standards or passed the ACFT with a score of 540 or higher.
  • Must have started the DODMERB medical process
  • Must be recommended by the student’s freshman-level Army ROTC Instructor.

  • Cadets that are currently serving in the National Guard or Army Reserve can pursue a GRFD Scholarship.  Accepting a GRFD Scholarship will lock a student in to an 8-year service obligation in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve upon commissioning.  There is no way to request and Active Duty commission once a student accepts a Minuteman Scholarship offer.
  • If a National Guard or Army Reserve Cadet wants to pursue an Active Duty Commission, then they must contract as a non-scholarship SMP Cadet.
  • Applying for a GFRD Scholarship follows the same procedure mentioned above in regard to Campus-Based Scholarships.
  • Additionally, all GRFD Scholarship applicants must have an AFQT score of 31, and have a qualifying SAT, ACT, or GT Score.  Qualifying scores are:  SAT-850, ACT-19, or a GT score of 110.
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Gardner-Webb ROTC

History of the 49er Battalion

The Army ROTC at Gardner Webb University is a result of a 2004 agreement between UNC Charlotte, Gardner-Webb, and the U.S. Army, the program’s presence at our school reaches back nearly 30 years to a relationship with Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. And, as part of the 49er Battalion, we can trace our history back to 1917 at Davidson College.

Learn the 49er Battalion's History

Contact Us

  • Richard Taylor

    Gardner-Webb ROTC; Senior Military Science Instructor

    (704) 406-2022

  • Ian Marecic

    Gardner-Webb ROTC Military Science Instructor

    (704) 406-2022

  • Richard A. Nash, GS

    Recruiting Operations Officer - UNC Charlotte Army ROTC Department