ARMY ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS
By Arin Fowler
One of the most stressful complications for college students is finding the money to pay for the myriad of college-related expenses. Many students find themselves trying to work part-time jobs while attending school in order to finance their education. This approach often takes a toll on students’ educational experience.
The United States Army offers scholarships through its ROTC programs that allow college students to finance their education without having to make any such significant sacrifices. These scholarships enable students to fully commit their focus on their college career while simultaneously working toward their commission as an Army officer.
Army ROTC scholarships come in several variations depending on the particular ROTC cadet. Graduating high school seniors can apply for a full four-year ROTC scholarship. However, students already enrolled in college can apply for a three-year or even a two-year ROTC scholarship.
The Army ROTC scholarship entitles its recipients to full-tuition assistance, as well as a textbook/fee allowance and a monthly stipend to cover the student’s living expenses. Typically, cadets receive the tuition assistance. However, they also have the option to apply the scholarship to their ‘room and board’ expenses instead of school tuition.
The amount that cadets on the ROTC scholarship receive for their monthly stipend depends on their year in school, as shown below:
Year 1: $300/month
Year 2: $350/month
Year 3: $450/month
Year 4: $500/month
The only requirements to maintain the Army ROTC scholarship are participation in ROTC activities (ie. Attending class and PT three times a week) and being enrolled as a full-time student at the college of attendance.
The scholarships granted by Army ROTC are a great way for students to achieve academic success without dealing with much of the stress that college life entails. Scholarship cadets are able to attend college for little or no cost and at the same time benefit from the training and experience that ROTC programs provide.
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