Scholarships help you focus on what's important. Namely, getting that college degree — not how you'll pay for it.
Whether you're a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available ranging from 4 years to 2 years. There are only two ways to earn a 4 year scholarship; the National High School Scholarship Program and the Minutman Campaign. We only offer 3 year scholarships at the university level.
Scholarships are awarded based on the Scholar/Athlete/Leader Criteria, not financial need. There are three different scholarships available to compete for. The Military Service Obligation is based off of scholarship or non-scholarship and which component (Active Duty, Army National Guard or Army Reserve) the Cadet commissions into.
The Federal Scholarship. This is the baseline for all of our scholarships. This scholarship includes the National High School Scholarship and STEM Scholarships. Recipients are eligible to compete for Active Duty, Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Enlisted Soldiers in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve are not authorized to receive the benefits of the Federal Scholarship until they have been released from their enlistment contract.
The Nurse Scholarship. The Colleges of Nursing at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Bradley University have all been designated as Centers of Excellence by the Army for the high NCLEX pass rates, the curriculum, faculty/staff, etc. Nursing students at one of these designated Centers of Excellence receive priority for nursing scholarships. Students must be accepted into the university's nursing program, Army ROTC does not have it's own nursing program. For more information please visit our Nurse page.
The Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship. This category covers different types of scholarships; GRFD-2 year scholarship, Dedicated Guard/Reserve-3 year scholarships and the Minuteman Scholarship-4 year scholarships with the same benefits as the Dedicated Scholarships. All recipients are required to be enlisted in the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve. You will either commission into the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve. You are not authorized to commission onto Active Duty. The National Guard Grant can still be used to waive tuition and the general activity fees. Please visit the GRFD page for more information.
GRFD-2 year. Do not have to elect Army National Guard or Army Reserve until MS IV year.
Dedicated Army National Guard/Reserve-3 year. Must elect either the Army National Guard or Army Reserve at the time the scholarship packet is being submitted.
Minuteman Scholarship-4 year. Enlisted Soldiers in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve can be nominated for this type of scholarship by their unit, a recruiter, Army ROTC, the Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) or the Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA).
The $420 monthly stipend is awarded to ALL contracted scholarship and non-scholarship Cadets. The ROTC stipend is tax free and is paid up to ten months each year.
There are scholarship boards each semester. All scholarships start paying out at a minimum one semester after they've been awarded. We purposefully do not submit incoming freshmen to the fall scholarship boards for a couple of reasons; if awarded a scholarship it is not going to start until sophomore year and we wait for grades to be released as well as assess your performance in our program and on campus.
There is a lot that goes into the scholarship process; paperwork, Army Physical Fitness Test, medical determination, Professor of Military Science assessment, eligibility requirements, etc. Applicants are assessed off of the Scholar/Athlete/Leader criteria. Applicants must understand that they will accrue a military service obligation of eight years after college if they accept a scholarship.
A good starting point for those who are interested in competing for a scholarship is to determine if you want to compete for a commission in the Active Army or the Army Reserve/Army National Guard. There are different scholarships available for applicants who want to compete to commission in to the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
Once we've narrowed down your path then we can focus on what is required in order to compete for that type of scholarship. There are additional forms required for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve Scholarships. *MEPS Physicals can be used for medical determination as long as they are current within two years and the applicant is contracted with Army ROTC before the two year date of the MEPS Physical expires. DA Forms 2807-1 and 2808 are required to submit.
The minimum SAL criteria required to compete for our financial incentives are:
• Scholar: cumulative GPA of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and either a 19 ACT score or a 1000 SAT score
• Athlete: 180 points (60 points in each event; 2 minute push up, 2 minute sit up, 2 mile run) on the Army Physical Fitness Test
• Leader: any extracurricular activities you have participated in along with working, veteran, currently enlisted in the Army National Guard/Army Reserve, volunteering, community organizations, etc.
Charles C. Schlom Book Award:
The 1LT Charles C. Schlom Book Scholarship is given annually to an ROTC cadet, who maintains a 3.0 grade point average, and who shows great promise in both leadership and the ability to become a United States Army Officer. The scholarship is named in honor of 1LT Charles C. Schlom, World War II veteran and recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals. *The Scholarship is funded by his son, Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. Schlom, Ret., Class of 1984. (click on the link below for more information)
* This award is given from a private donor and is subject to change on an annual basis. The scholarship is not funded by the Army, Cadet Command, Illinois State University or the Illinois State University Redbird Battalion.
The Civilian Sponsored Scholarship Programs (CSSP) is a dual effort between Head Quarters United States Army Cadet Command and volunteer civilian organizations to recognize and reward stellar Cadet performance. Head Quarters Cadet Command receives applications, establishes an order of merit list, and notifies the civilian organizations of the selected winners. The civilian organization coordinates with the awardees, their Professors of Military Science, and universities for the presentation and awarding of the scholarship.
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