Army ROTC offers four, three, and two year scholarships, awarded strictly on merit to the most outstanding students who apply. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees. Additionally they receive a stipend of $300 a month as a freshman, $350 a month as a sophomore, $450 a month as a junior, and $500 a month as a senior; plus $1200 a year for books.
Contact Arkansas Tech University ROTC Department for current requirements at (479)498-6066.
4 Year Scholarships
Four year scholarships are awarded to high school seniors preparing to pursue an undergraduate degree. You must have a minimum SAT score of 920 or an ACT composite score of 19 to compete for a scholarship. Selection of four year scholarship winners is based on your GPA, the results of SAT or ACT tests, three school officials' evaluations; extracurricular, leadership and athletic activities; and an interview with a representative of the ROTC department. The application window is June 15th after your high school junior year until January 10th of your high school senior year.
3 Year Scholarships
The three year scholarship is awarded to students who have already completed one year of college. Selection is based on performance in academic studies and military science (if already enrolled in ROTC), successfully passing the Army Physical Readiness Test, a personal interview and observation by the PMS, and on demonstrated motivation towards an Army career.
2 Year Scholarships
The requirements for the two year scholarship are the same as the three year scholarship. This is a great opportunity that is open to anyone who has two years to go to complete a bachelors or masters degree program. Prospective cadets may compete on campus for the scholarship.
Active Duty Green to Gold Scholarships
If currently 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 must not have over 10 years of active service and must not be a conscientious objector. Applicants must obtain a favorable recommendation from their chain of command and must be eligible to reenlist. They also need to pass the APFT, meet the height / weight standards, and pass a medical examination. Applicants need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all previous college work. Two and three year scholarship winners must have a GT score of 110 or higher. Check with the Education Center at your installation or with the ROTC recruiter for other criteria as prescribed by regulation. In recent years, the average Green to Gold scholarship winner had a GPA of 3.0 and a GT score of 110. SAT/ACT minimum not required to apply for a two-year scholarship; for a four or three year applicant, you must have an SAT score of 920 or above or an ACT score of 19 or above. You must also receive a letter of acceptance from the university and the Professor of Military Science. Contact your installation education office for more information about the Green to Gold Program. The scholarship window is 15 November through 1 April. Announcements are made by 30 June. If selected, your ETS date will be adjusted to 30 days prior to the start of the academic year.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) and Dedicated National Guard Scholarships
These 2, 3, 4-year programs permit recipients to serve their obligated service in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or United States Army Reserve (USAR). The 2-year GRFD program is designed to identify outstanding students on campus or in Reserve Component (RC) units and offer them the opportunity for a scholarship with service in the RC after graduation. This program expands scholarships availability to the entire range of college campuses and troop program units and increases both quantity and quality of participation in the ROTC program.
The Minuteman Scholarship covers full tuition and fees (uncapped) at any college or university served by an Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program, or can be used toward room and board, capped at $10,000 per year. Scholarship recipients also receive a yearly book allowance of $1,200 and a monthly stipend from $300 to $500 while attending school, depending on their year in the ROTC program. Minuteman Scholarship recipients must participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), in which they participate in the Army Reserve unit monthly drill and a 14-day annual training and are paid as a sergeant. After graduation and commissioning, Minuteman Scholarship recipients are guaranteed placement in the Army Reserve.
Eligibility Criteria for All Scholarships:
- US Citizen
- Be 17 years of age within the first semester of your freshman year, and must not reach your 31st birthday by 31 December of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive your commission.
- Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate before September of the year you will enter college. If you are taking or have taken college courses, you must be considered a beginning Freshman and have 4 academic years remaining for a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment in the fall of the year you will enter college.
- Pursue an Army approved academic major.
- Agree to accept a commission as either a Regular Army, Army National Guard or US Army Reserve officer.
- Meet physical standards. (Pass Army Physical Fitness Test, Meet Army Height and Weight Standards, and Pass Army Medical Physical)
- Other requirements apply depending on the type of scholarship you are applying for. For more information contact the Scholarship and Recruiting Officer.
ATU ROTC Room & Board Scholarships
A limited number of ATU ROTC Room & Board Scholarship awards are made each semester based on recommendations by the ATU ROTC Department. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be planning to live in campus housing, a contracted ROTC candidate and either non-scholarship or receiving an ROTC Tuition & Fees Scholarship. Contracted ROTC candidates receiving ROTC Room & Board Scholarships are not eligible for ATU Room & Board Scholarships. The ATU ROTC Room & Board Scholarship award amount is $3500 per semester. ATU ROTC Room & Board Scholarship recipients must be enrolled as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 semester hours and have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office. For additional information, please contact the ATU ROTC Department.