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Army ROTC Scholarship

Deadlines

Application is open for award year 2017 (this year's high school seniors)

Deadline to start application is 10 January - must complete by end of February. Get it done early!

General Army ROTC Scholarship

High school juniors who are rising seniors may apply for the scholarship as early as mid-June between junior and senior year of high school. There are 4-year and 3-year advance-designee scholarships worth $57,000 over four years or $44,000 over three years.

The scholarship pays your tuition and fees or room and meals; a monthly stipend ($300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors, and $500 for seniors); and $1,200 per year for books. They're awarded by a national-level Army board and based on high academic achievement, demonstrated leadership skills, and excellence in athletics. You agree to serve in the Regular Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve as an officer after graduating from the University of North Georgia.

Note: For Georgia residents who are eligible for the HOPE scholarship, the Army ROTC scholarship can be used to pay for room and meals. Georgia residents on the ROTC scholarship will receive up to $1,500 in grants from the State of Georgia at the end of each semester.

Arabic and Chinese Language Major ROTC Scholarship

If you're interested in earning your bachelor's degree in Chinese or Arabic, apply for the General Army ROTC Scholarship (see above).  If you're not selected for the scholarship, you can apply for this language major scholarship during your first semester of enrollment at UNG.  Scholarship terms are the same as for the general scholarship. If you have questions about this option, please contact the Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer, Major (Ret) Killeen at greg.killeen@ung.edu

STEM Major ROTC Scholarship

If you're interested in earning your bachelor's degree in biology (including pre-professional programs), chemistry, physics, computer science, or math, apply for the General Army ROTC Scholarship (see above).  If you're not selected for the scholarship, you can apply for this STEM major scholarship during your first semester of enrollment at UNG.  Scholarship terms are the same as for the general scholarship. If you have questions about this option, please contact the Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer, Major (Ret) Killeen at greg.killeen@ung.edu.

Guaranteed Reserve Force Duty Scholarship

If you are a soldier in the Guard or Reserve, and you want to commission as a lieutenant in the Guard or Reserve after college, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship after you start as a Cadet as UNG.  The scholarship will pay for your room and meals, $1,200 per year for books, and a monthly stipend of $350/month sophomore year, $450/month junior year, and $500/month senior year.  To apply for the scholarship.  For more information contact Major (Ret) Killeen at  greg.killeen@ung.edu.

FAQs

What are my chances of getting the Army ROTC Scholarship?

It depends. Army Cadet Command looks at three areas of performance in what they term Scholar/Athlete/Leader (SAL) criteria.

Scholar criteria is determined from your high school grades and SAT or ACT scores. The higher your grades and scores, the better your chances.

Athlete criteria is determined by your participation in sports, your performance on the President's Challenge Fitness test, and whether or not you meet the Army's height and weight standards. The better your physical and athletic ability, the better your chances.

Leader criteria is determined by your participation in leadership positions in extra-curricular activities both in and out of high school during your high school years. Particular emphasis is placed on leadership positions you may have held on sports teams, volunteer activities, part-time work, clubs, scouting, church, etc.

The more extensive your leadership record in these activities, the better your chances. The Cadet Command selection board makes decisions based on the strength of your application compared to the applicant pool. The profile for the 2015 academic year nation-wide recipients:

94% were in the top 50% of their classes in academics (69% were in the top 25%) 
36% were class officers 
90% earned varsity sports letters 
60% were varsity team sports captains 
32% were in JROTC 
17% were club presidents 
3.6 average GPA 
1246 math + critical reading SAT; 27 ACT composite score

How many scholarships are available nation-wide?

For the academic year 2015-2016, 4,161 high school senior applications for the scholarship were reviewed.

About 2,500 applicants were awarded a scholarship. About 30% of those were 4-year scholarships and 70% were 3-year scholarships.

What is the difference between a 4-year and a 3-year Army ROTC Scholarship?

Cadet Command awards both three year and four year scholarships through the centralized selection process.

The top candidates are selected for four year scholarships, others are awarded three-year scholarships, and others are not selected at all. If you are awarded a 4-year scholarship, then your benefits will be paid your freshman year as long as you pass the Army fitness test, medical exam, and meet height and weight requirements.

If you are awarded a 3-year scholarship, your benefits will begin your sophomore year as long as you pass the Army fitness test, physical exam, remain in good academic standing, and meet the height and weight requirements.

Final award of the 3-year scholarship is at the discretion of the Professor of Military Science at UNG.

What is my service obligation?

Any Army commission, Active Duty, Reserve or Guard, carries an 8-year service obligation.

If you receive an Army ROTC scholarship, then you must commission and serve in the Regular Army for at least 4 years after you graduate from UNG. The last 4 years of your service obligation may be served in the Guard, Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve, or you may remain on active duty for the full 8 years or until retirement.

It is also possible to commission directly into the Army National Guard or Reserve without commissioning active duty.  Obligation is 6 years of active drill duty (one weekend per month and two weeks of annual training), plus two years in the Individual Ready Reserve.

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