In order for a student to be considered for a scholarship, students must meet the requirements stated in Army Regulation (AR)145-1, Ch 3 and in this section.
Citizenship: scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals prior to contracting as a scholarship cadet. This is a statutory requirement. No waivers/exceptions are authorized. "U.S. nationals are persons born in American Samoa and Swain Island. Students who hold dual citizenship must be advised that when requested, they will be required to provide a statement to the OPM investigator, or the adjudicative authority, expressing their willingness to renounce dual citizenship. Failure to do so may result in denial of security clearance, which is a prerequisite for commissioning, and will result in disenrollment.
Age: Scholarship applicants must be at least 17 years of age within their first semester in which the scholarship is to begin benefits. Students cannot contract until they have reached their 17th birthday. Scholarship applicants must be under 31 years of age on 31 December of the year in which they are to be commissioned. The age limit is determined by law, therefore it is non waiverable.
Academic Status: Students must be enrolled full-time (minimum 12 undergraduate credit hours or 9 graduate credit hours) in order to apply for a scholarship.
Grade Point Average (GPA): The required cumulative GPA (CGPA) for scholarship consideration is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Medical Qualification: Scholarship applicants must successfully pass a medical examination reviewed by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) or be granted a waiver. Reference for this is AR 40-501 Standards of Medical Fitness. DODMERB will accept the MEPs Physical in lieu of the medical exam if:
Already enlisted in the USAR or ARNG
MEPs physical is less than two years old
Will be a SMP Cadet after contracting with ROTC
Weight/body fat standards: Applicants with any prior service, active or reserve, must pass the height/weight /body fat % standards in accordance with (IAW) AR 600-9. Applicants with no prior service must pass the initial procurement weight and body fat % standards IAW AR 40-501.
Character: Scholarship applicants must not have moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent them from:
Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Conscientiously bearing arms.
Scholarship applicants must satisfactorily explain any record of civil conviction.
Enrollment status: Students must be enrolled in Military Science course in order to be paid scholarship benefits.