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Army ROTC provides several scholarships each year to motivated students willing to serve their country as an Army officer.
The scholarships are granted on a competitive basis. Army ROTC scholarships are entirely merit based. Scholarships may be available in two-, three-, and four-year packages. All scholarships used at Indiana University of Pennsylvania or its partner schools pay 100 percent tuition and fees, a book allowance ($1,200 per year), and a tax-free monthly stipend ($300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors, and $500 for seniors for ten months per year). Two- and three-year, on-campus scholarships may be available. Any college freshman or sophomore may apply for one of these on-campus scholarships. Please contact the Enrollment and Scholarship Officer for availability and eligibility at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cadets eligible for post 9-11 GI Bill benefits may use those benefits in conjunction with any of the following scholarships.
Students must meet the general criteria listed below to be eligible for an Army ROTC two-, three-, or four-year merit scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Detailed criteria are prescribed in a number of Army publications.
Students may be offered scholarships conditionally while awaiting final determination of eligibility. (The most common reason for such conditional offers is the scheduling of medical examinations and the resolution of potential medical disqualifiers.)
Scholarship applications are also available on request. Four-year national scholarships can be filed on line.
Students have two opportunities to be considered for four-year scholarships. They may apply as high school seniors, submitting their applications to the national headquarters. Or, they may apply after arrival on campus.
High school students submit scholarship applications to the Army ROTC National Headquarters. These are screened for basic eligibility requirements and then forwarded electronically to the student’s preferred schools as indicated on the application.
Students who indicate Indiana University of Pennsylvania as one of their top choices will be considered by a board convened by our professor of Military Science. The processes of this board will include file reviews and phone or in-person interviews when possible. The results of the board, including the names of those selected for scholarships and an order of merit listing of alternates, will be forwarded to Army ROTC National Headquarters. Scholarships will then be offered based on the board results and within assigned allocations. Should any scholarship selectee decline the offer or be disqualified from eligibility prior to the beginning of the school year, the highest ranking alternate will be offered the scholarship.
Note: The scholarship application requires applicants to complete an on-line survey and face-to-face interview with an ROTC officer or noncommissioned officer on any campus. Applicants should contact the most convenient ROTC unit to coordinate this interview. Applicants should plan roughly two hours on site to complete this requirement.
Students who were not awarded four-year scholarships or did not apply for a scholarship while in high school may apply for three-year and two-year on-campus scholarships. Students must submit these applications directly to their enrollment and scholarship officer, rather than to the Army ROTC National Headquarters. On-campus applicants are screened locally by our enrollment and scholarship officer and then scheduled for DoD physicals. If we have remaining allocations, scholarship offers are made immediately. If not, we submit the applicant’s file to our regional headquarters with a request for additional funding.
Contact our enrollment and scholarship officer for information regarding special United States Army Reserve and Army National Guard scholarships. These scholarship programs include Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty–USAR; Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty–ARNG; Dedicated ARNG (three-year); and Dedicated ARNG (two-year). Cadets that receive a Dedicated or GRFD scholarship are obligated to serve in the National Guard or the United States Army Reserves upon graduation.
Cadets awarded a Dedicated or GRFD scholarship receive all of the following benefits:
Additionally, cadets awarded a GRFD scholarship and who have completed basic training and AIT are eligible the following:
*The Montgomery GI Bill benefits are not available for Dedicated Scholarship winners.
Students may participate in Army ROTC without a scholarship. These students, upon contracting at the beginning of the junior year, will incur a three-year Active Duty Service Obligation, in lieu of the four-year obligation assumed by scholarship recipients. Non-scholarship contracted cadets receive the same monthly tax-free stipend. Cadets also receive pay, room and board, and reimbursement for travel expenses when participating in Advanced Camp and other summer leadership development programs.