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Army ROTC has always been one of America’s leading sources of scholarships, making awards to thousands of the highest caliber students each year. Selection of winners is based on academic record, SAT or ACT test results, school officials’ evaluations, extracurricular activities, leadership and athletic activities, a personal interview, and a physical aptitude exam.
The Department of Military Science awards scholarships to the most outstanding applicants. In keeping with our high standards of excellence, candidates are selected for scholastic as well as extracurricular accomplishments and not on the basis of financial need. Scholarship benefits are awarded in annual amounts full tuition and fees. In addition to the awarded scholarship, each winner receives a flat rate of $1,200 annually for books and supplies, as well as, a monthly stipend, tax-free.
Winners may use their scholarships at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States. USC Upstate offers scholarships and need-based financial aid in addition to an Army ROTC scholarship.Requirements:
For more information, contact your Professor of Military Science.Four Year ScholarshipsThe four-year scholarship is awarded to students starting college as a freshman. The student must have a minimum 920 SAT or composite 19 ACT. In addition, he/she must have good high school grades (approximately a 3.5 or higher). For the best chance of being awarded an Army 4-year scholarship, applications should be postmarked no later than July 15 of the summer between the applicant’s junior and senior years of high school. The final deadline for 4-year scholarship applications is November 15 of the applicant’s senior year in high school. Apply online for the four-year ROTC scholarship or download a printable application here.Three Year ScholarshipsThe three-year scholarship is awarded to students who have completed one year of college. Performance in academic studies (including military science, if already enrolled in ROTC), successfully passing the Army Physical Fitness Test, a personal interview and observation by the PMS, and motivation towards an Army career are considered for selection. (Apply during your freshman year.) More details are here.Two Year ScholarshipsThe requirements for the two-year scholarship are the same as the three-year scholarship, with the exception that the student is a junior having a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale on all previous college work. (Apply during your sophomore year.) More details are here. Guaranteed Reserve Forces 2 Year ScholarshipsThe requirements for this scholarship are the same as for the two-year scholarship. However, this scholarship guarantees your service in the United States Army Reserve or National Guard and not in the Regular Army.The Leadership Training Course 2 Year ScholarshipsThe Leadership Training Course provides an additional opportunity for students who have missed the first and second years of ROTC to compete for a two year or Guaranteed Reserve Forces scholarship.Active Duty Green to Gold ScholarshipIf enlisted in the Army, you may qualify for a 4, 3, or 2-year scholarship. Green to Gold applicants, in addition to the requirements above, must complete two years of active duty prior to discharge and three months of service for every month of specialized training received. Applicants need a score of 180 or higher with a minimum of 60 points in each event on the Army Physical Fitness Test, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all previous college work, a GT score of 110 or higher, and other selection criteria as prescribed by regulation. The Professor of Military Science must also recommend you for the scholarship. SAT/ACT minimum is not required to apply for a two-year scholarship. Scholarship details are available here.Nursing ScholarshipsNursing scholarships may be awarded from any of the above categories. Prospective Army nurses will apply for the respective Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship. Nursing cadets must meet the same requirements as other cadets. Army ROTC nursing students attend the Mary Black school of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate. More details are here.
Guaranteed Forces Reserve Duty (GFRD)The GFRD scholarship is up to a four-year scholarship for Cadets who have already decided that becoming a part-time soldier will be the most compatible option with their future goals. GFRD Cadets do not compete in the nation for active duty, rather are guaranteed commission into the U.S. Army Reserves. Upon Commissioning, the Army Reserves requires training one weekend each month and two weeks out of the year for annual training. This scholarship often gives Cadets the chance to be introduced to a unit ahead of time and begin gaining army experience. Contact the Southern Guards ROTC department for more information.
Minuteman Scholarship OpportunitiesMinuteman Scholarship recipients are given similar tuition and stipend benefits to that of a regular Four Year Scholarship recipient, however, this scholarship also guarantees that Cadets will commission into the Army Reserve or the National Guard. You can find more information on the Minuteman Scholarship here.
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