HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Round out your college experience by participating in other campus activities as well. You can have the best of two worlds, civilian and military, and get a college experience unlike any other.
If you're interested in attending college while learning what it takes to become an Army Officer, ROTC may be right for you. In addition to teaching you valuable leadership skills, military training, and discipline, ROTC can also provide you with money for tuition and other expenses through scholarships.
Find colleges and universities that offer ROTC Scholarships click here. Once you have a school in mind, contact that school's Military Science department for more information on their particular program.
Illinois State University: You must apply to and be accepted by the university in order to receive the scholarship if offered! The application for the High School Scholarship is now available! There will be three scholarship boards throughout the senior year;October, January and March. It is highly encouraged to have your packet submitted for the October board (deadline is October 7th) in order to give yourself three opportunities to compete for the scholarship. In the event an offer is not made at either the first or second board you can update your packet and compete at the next board. Applications must be created by JAN 10th 2017!
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: 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.
- Already enlisted in the USAR or ARNG
- MEPs physical is less than two years old
- Will be a SMP Cadet after contracting with ROTC
- Character: Scholarship applicants must not have moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent them from:Enrollment status: Students must be enrolled in Military Science course in order to be paid scholarship benefits.
- 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.
Other colleges/universities with ROTC programs in Illinois: