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Army ROTC

Scholarships

ROTC offers many scholarship opportunities at the national and state level.

National Scholarships

Initial applications take place during the first semester of your senior year of high school. These national scholarship boards are highly competitive. There are usually three boards held each year (Jan, Feb, and March). The selection rate for these limited scholarships is low, sometimes around 30%.

The high school four-year scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Contact your high school academic advisor or campus Military Science department for more information.

The application for an ROTC national scholarship is completed online. Call us at 937-775-2581 to better assist you with the process.

If you would like more information or need assistance, please get in touch with Mr. Wittig at 937-775-2581 or email at edward.wittig@wright.edu


Campus-Based Scholarships

Do not be discouraged if you are not initially awarded a national scholarship. There are a handful of campus-based scholarships available that the ROTC department can award. These may be four-year scholarships or three-year advance designee scholarships. These are similarly competitive. These campus-based scholarships are typically awarded to the most well-deserving cadets.

Campus-based scholarships are awarded on merit and availability and based on the following criteria:

  • GPA: The minimum GPA to apply for a scholarship is 2.5. However, a 3.0 or greater GPA demonstrates commitment and seriousness to the program and the academic rigors of college life. Your GPA is the most critical factor in determining your status for scholarships and within the ROTC.
  • ACT/SAT scores: Although already enrolled in school, your ACT/SAT scores play a significant factor in determining if you will be awarded a campus-based scholarship.
  • Physical Fitness: The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) consists of two minutes of pushups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a two-mile run. The APFT is the base for physical fitness excellence in the ROTC.
  • Demonstrates aptitude for leadership and military service: Desire to lead and be a part of the program in the classroom, during lab, field exercises, during school and out of school are the subjective basis for awarding scholarships.
  • Extracurricular activities/athletics: Sports and leadership positions during your college career demonstrate further the scholar, athlete, leader model of an Army officer and will weigh into awarding a campus-based scholarship.
  • Availability: Scholarship money is allocated each year and varies from year to year, so apply early and stay in contact. Let us know you are interested.


National Guard or Army Reserve

A great way to combine the benefits of the Wright State University Army ROTC and being enlisted in the National Guard or Army Reserve is the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). SMP is a program that allows Army National Guard or Army Reserve enlisted members to participate in the Army ROTC Program while completing college. Upon graduation, these SMP cadets are commissioned as Army Second Lieutenants. They can serve on Active Duty in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve in their chosen state.

  • E-5 Drill Pay about $329/month
  • Army ROTC monthly stipend of $420
  • Opportunities for developmental schools (Airborne, Air Assault)
  • Hands-on training with National Guard or Army Reserves
  • Earn time in service while an SMP Cadet (which results in more monthly payments for each month while on active duty)


Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty

You could earn a scholarship for either the National Guard or the Army Reserve and guarantee that you do not have to leave your community to serve as an officer in the Army. This option allows individuals to be on scholarship, provide guaranteed service in the National Guard or Army Reserve, and requires the student to participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Scholarship money can be used for either room and board or tuition and fees.