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Army ROTC Scholarship

Step-by-Step Application Instructions

Application Instructions


You must meet the academic requirements for admission to the University of North Georgia.


You must be medically, physically and psychologically qualified to become an Army lieutenant. You must also meet the Army's physical standards.


You must be a US citizen; age 17 or older before the end of your first semester at UNG; no moral obligation or personal conviction which would prevent you from bearing arms or defending the US; satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction (very difficult to get a waiver); have a strong desire to serve as a Regular Army officer after graduating from college.

NOTE: You cannot apply for admission or the scholarship until you complete your junior year of high school.

Indicate the University of North Georgia as one of your college choices on your application.

  • FICE Code for the University of North Georgia is 001585

Your application will be submitted to Cadet Command, not UNG.

Make sure you provide your high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and fitness test scores as instructed.

  • Home school students must also provide transcripts.
  • Do not rely on the College Board or ACT Board to send your scores directly to Cadet Command.
  • Take a screen shot of your test scores and e-mail them to the Cadet Command e-mail address listed on your scholarship application.

When you apply for the ROTC scholarship, you will create a scholarship account with Army Cadet Command at Ft Knox, Kentucky.  You should check your online scholarship account frequently for updates and information.

Schedule an Army ROTC scholarship interview.

You are required to do an interview with one school. Contact the nearest college or university that has an Army ROTC program to schedule it. Your interview results will be recorded and made available to UNG and all other schools listed on your scholarship application.

To schedule an interview at UNG, please e-mail Mr. Killeen at Interviews can be conducted Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm, and will take about an hour.  If you have a resume already prepared, bring it.  If not, Mr. Killeen will get the information he needs through the interview process.  Wear clothing appropriate for an interview.

Scholarship interviews can be scheduled to be done in conjunction with a personal visit and tour, Cadet Overnight Visitation Experience, or a National Leadership Challenge Weekend.

You must complete the Physical Fitness Assessment.

Ask any high school administrator to administer the test and fill out the score card. We recommend a coach or JROTC instructor. There are no passing or failing scores.  Just do the best you can. For males, your goals should be 50 push-up, 50 curl-ups and a 6:30 mile.  For females, your goals should be 40 push-ups, 50 curl-ups, and a 7:18 mile.

Ensure that the test administrator’s email is properly listed in your scholarship application.  Follow up with the administrator to ensure that they were able to successfully upload your scores.  Keep the PFA form for reference until after the scholarship process is complete in May.

Completion application - "board ready"

After completing steps 3-6, the status of your application should change to "Board Ready".

Periodically check your e-mail, mail, and your GO-ARMY scholarship account to ensure you are receiving communications from Cadet Command.  Make sure you follow the instructions that you receive in a timely manner.

If you are having problems with your application, please contact Mr. Killeen at

Wait for the Cadet Command selection board results

Cadet Command will hold selection boards in October, January and March. When your application is considered by the board, your status should change to “Boarded”.  Cadet Command will notify applicants who are selected for the scholarship about two weeks after each board by updating their on line application status from "Boarded" to "Offer".

If you were not selected, your status will remain "Boarded ".  In this case, your application will automatically be considered during the next selection board, and so on.

Applicants who are not selected after the final board, contact Mr. Killeen for additional ROTC scholarship options.


How do I improve my chances or receiving an Army ROTC Scholarship?

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

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 2018 academic year nation-wide recipients:

95% were in the top 50% of their classes in academics (71% were in the top 25%) 
26% were class officers 
79% earned varsity sports letters 
63% were varsity team sports captains 
25% were in JROTC 
19% were club presidents 
3.7 average GPA 
1321 math + critical reading SAT

How many scholarships are available nation-wide?

For the academic year 2018-2019, more than 7,000 high school senior applications for the scholarship were reviewed.

About 3,000 applicants were awarded a scholarship. About 25% of those were 4-year scholarships and 75% were 3-year scholarships.

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

Cadet Command awards both 3-year and 4- year scholarships through the centralized selection process.

The top candidates are selected for 4-year scholarships, others are awarded 3-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 Physical 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 Physical 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 can commission and serve as an active duty (full-time) Army officer for 4 years after you graduate from UNG. For the last 4 years of your service obligation, you can continue to serve on active duty, or transfer to the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, or Individual Ready Reserve.

It is also possible to commission directly into the Army National Guard or Army Reserve instead of commissioning active duty.  The obligation is served as 6 years of active drill duty (one weekend per month and two weeks of annual training).  For the last two years, you can continue to drill one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer, or transfer to the Individual Ready Reserve.

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