ROTC Scholarship Options

Whether you’re a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available for which you may be eligible! Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need.

Room and Board

The University of Evansville offers scholarships and/or grants for room and board to all contracted and/or scholarship cadets allowing you to apply your ROTC scholarship to tuition instead of housing expenses.

Army ROTC Scholarships

Scholarships and stipends through Army ROTC help you focus on what’s important; namely, earning your college degree — not how you’ll pay for it.

If you’re interested in attending college while learning what it takes to become an Army Officer, ROTC may be right for you. In addition to teaching you valuable leadership skills, military training, and discipline, Army ROTC can also provide you with money for tuition and other expenses through scholarships.

There are many different scholarship scenarios depending on your situation. Here are just a few:

High School Students

National Scholarship Program

The high school National Scholarship is for high school students planning to attend a four-year college program. Find out more information at the Army ROTC website.

Army ROTC National scholarships vary from 3-4 years and consist of:

  • Full-tuition
  • The option for room and board ($10,000 per year) in place of tuition
  • Additional allowances for books and fees ($1,200 per year)
  • Monthly living allowances ($420 per month for 10 months a year)

Minuteman Scholarship Campaign

Students who join the Army National Guard before entering college can also apply for a four-year scholarship through the National Guard. For students attending the University of Evansville, the scholarship provides:

  • $10,000 per year in scholarship benefits to be applied to tuition or living expenses
  • $1,200 per year allowance for books and fees
  • $420 per month living allowance (for 10 months a year)

College Students

Campus Based Scholarships

Students who enter college and have not earned an ROTC scholarship yet have a number of opportunities available to them. They can participate in ROTC during their freshman or sophomore year while competing for campus-based scholarships. For students wanting to serve on Active Duty after college, the scholarship benefits are identical to the National Scholarship Program benefits with the exception benefits cover only two to three years.

Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of other scholarships available for students interested in serving in the Army National Guard or Reserves after college. These cadets are part of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) where they serve their National Guard or Reserve commitment and concurrently participate in Army ROTC. The Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) program is designed for cadets who are interested in obtaining a commission in the National Guard or Army Reserves with a guarantee for a reserve component assignment. Scholarships provide money for tuition and/or room and board, and range in length up to three years. Scholarship recipients also receive a book allowance and a monthly stipend. These cadets also receive weekend drill and annual training pay as participants in the Simultaneous Membership Program.

Dedicated Guard or Reserve Scholarships

  • 2-, 2.5-, or 3-year scholarship
  • $10,000 per year in scholarship benefits to be applied to tuition or living expenses
  • $1,200 per year allowance for books and fees
  • $420 per month living allowance (for 10 months a year)
  • Must become an SMP (see above)
  • Must be aligned in both academics and military science courses to graduate and commission in 2-3 years
  • Must actively drill as a Cadet with a National Guard or Army Reserve Unit (where the Cadet will receive drill pay as an E-5, $392.56/mo for calendar year 2018)
  • 8-year commitment in the Reserve Component (ARNG or USAR) (6 in an active drilling status and 2 in the Inactive Ready Reserve)
  • CANNOT use Chapter 1606 or Chapter 1607 Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits while receiving a Dedicated GRFD scholarship
  • CANNOT revoke Dedicated GRFD scholarship nor request active duty immediately after college

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship

  • $10,000 per year in scholarship benefits to be applied to tuition or living expenses
  • $1,200 per year allowance for books and fees
  • $420 per month living allowance (for 10 months a year)
  • Must become an SMP (see above)
  • Must be aligned in both academics and military science courses to graduate and commission in 2 years
  • Must actively drill as a cadet with a National Guard or Army Reserve Unit (where the cadet will receive drill pay as an E-5, $392.56/mo for calendar year 2018)
  • 8 Year commitment in the Reserve Component (ARNG or USAR) (6 in an active drilling status and 2 in the Inactive Ready Reserve)
  • Entitled to any and all earned G.I. Bill benefits
  • CANNOT revoke GRFD scholarship nor request active duty immediately after college

How to apply

Contact: CPT Adam Balbach, Assistant Professor of Military Science
Email: adam.w.balbach.mil@mail.mil
812-461-5304 (office)
317-995-0874 (cell)

Or

SSG Gavin S. Brothers, Simultaneous Membership Program Coordinator
Email: gavin.s.brothers.mil@mail.mil
812-447-8896 (cell)

Office Phone:
812-488-2509

Office Email:
TF91@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 204, Academic Affairs, Olmsted Administration Hall