Whether you’re a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available.

Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. Enrolling into ROTC does not guarantee you a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded by Cadet Command and not the school or host ROTC Battalion.

Army ROTC scholarships are valuable in many ways: Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree. Scholarship amounts vary. Additional allowances pay for books and fees. Gardner-Webb students awarded a scholarship have their room and board paid for by the University.


ROTC scholarships are based solely on the student’s merits – not financial need.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen 
  • Be between ages 17 and 27 
  • Have a College GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent 
  • Score minimum 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT 
  • Meet physical standards 
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

In order to be competitive, you want to have the following:

  • Have a college GPA of 3.5 or higher (4-year University GPA, not Community College)
  • Score a 250 or higher on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
  • Have no civil convictions or medical issues
  • Be DODMERB medically qualified
  • Be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree/major student
  • Be a Nursing Student

Two-Year Scholarships

The two-year scholarship is available for those who have two academic years of college remaining.  Typically these are full time (12+ credit hours) students already enrolled in ROTC classes and attending a 4-year University or College.

Three-Year Scholarships

The three-year on-campus scholarship is available for students who are already enrolled in a college or university with three academic years remaining in order to complete their degree.  Typically these are full time (12+ credit hours) students already enrolled in ROTC classes and attending a 4-year University or College.

Four-Year Scholarships

The Four-Year Scholarship is for those students who applied while a junior or senior in high school and will be incoming college freshmen in their first year of a four-year undergraduate plan.  Students should go to https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students.html in order to apply for the Four-Year Scholarship.

Additional criteria that will give you a competitive edge include:

  • Have a SAT Score of 1200 or higher (Math/Reading)
  • Have a ACT Score of 26 or higher
  • Fulfill all three SAL (Scholar, Athlete, Leader) criteria.  Those who fill all three get looked at more than those who do not.

Deadlines: Application window is February 1st of a student’s junior year in high school through January 10th of a student’s senior year in high school.

Contact your Campus Military Science department for more information.

High School Applicants who need to complete the Professor of Military Science (PMS) Interview portion, should contact Capt. Michael Meissner at (704) 406-4427 or [email protected] in order to make an appointment.

Civilian-Sponsored Scholarships

GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign

The four-year on-campus scholarship is available for high school seniors who are interested in Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve. The GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign covers 4 years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program.

Scholarship recipients also receive a monthly stipend of $420, and a yearly book allowance of $1,200. In addition, GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign recipients participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program, which gives them experience with an Army Reserve unit while earning additional money for their service.

*** Incentives/programs can change due to legislation/funding ***

All scholarships are extremely competitive. In order to be competitive you should have scores above the minimum requirements.  Typically, those students with 1180 or higher SAT scores, 25 or higher ACT scores, 3.5 or higher GPA, etc., are the ones who are considered.  You should essentially fulfill the SAL (Scholar, Athlete, Leader) criteria as well.  Those who fill all three are considered more than those who do not.

The Four-Year ROTC Scholarship application window for high school students is between June 30 immediately following their junior year until January 10 of their senior year.  The sooner the application is submitted, the better.  Typically there are only three review selection boards, usually held in October, December and February.  The ultimate deadline to apply is January 10 of the senior year in high school; however, the earlier you apply, the better your chances to be accepted. If you are not selected in the first board then your application will still be reviewed again in the subsequent boards.  After all boards have convened and Cadet Command has made their selections then they will notify all if they were selected or not.

High school applicants who need to complete the Professor of Military Science (PMS) Interview portion should contact Rick Nash at 704-687-8633 in order to make an appointment. 

Initially, all scholarships are conditional until a student meets all requirements in order to contract. Once a student meets all requirements for contracting, the scholarship takes an additional 45+ days to kick in.  So students should be prepared to pay for college up-front, then once they meet the requirements and receive scholarship benefits they are essentially paid back. If a student selects Tuition and Fees, then scholarship payment will go directly to the Gardner-Webb Student Accounts office. If the student selects Room and Board, then scholarship benefits will go to the student.

College students applying for the three-year and two-year on-campus scholarships must be enrolled at a four-year university or college, be a full-time student (12 credit hours or more), and be enrolled in Military Science classes. 

Once a two-, three-, or four-year scholarship is awarded, the cadet must choose which category to apply the scholarship to. The choices are either Tuition and Fees or Room and Board.  Additionally, scholarship recipients receive $600 per semester ($1,200 total per year) allowance for books.

ROTC Scholarship recipients at Gardner-Webb University receive 100% room and board on top of their ROTC scholarship. 

Contracted Cadets also receive a tax-free monthly (10 months a year) living allowance of $420.