Army ROTC Scholarships | Troy University


2, 3 and 4 year scholarships 

We encourage high school seniors to apply for the 4 Year Army ROTC National Scholarship at the start of their senior year. Please see our Resources page for more information. Newly enrolled Army ROTC cadets may also compete for campus based 2 and 3 year scholarships. These scholarships may be applied:

  • to a cadet’s tuition and fees or,
  • to a cadet’s room and board.
  • These scholarships may be utilized with other forms of financial aid.
  • Additionally, scholarship cadets receive $600 per semester for books and supplies in addition to their monthly stipend (based on cadet’s Military Science Level).

Guaranteed Reserves Forces Duty (GRFD)

The GRFD program is designed for cadets who are interested in obtaining a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves (USAR) or Army National Guard (ARNG) with a guarantee for a Reserve Component (RC) assignment. Scholarships cover full tuition and mandatory fees or room and board up to $10,000. Scholarship awardees also receive a book allowance and a monthly stipend based on their academic year. GRFD Cadets also receive weekend drill and annual training pay as participants in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) which means they will attend drill one weekend per month and a two week annual training with a RC unit.

Minute Man Scholarship

This scholarship offers 2, 3 or 4 year scholarships for qualified applicants. However, this is a dedicated reserve scholarship in the USAR or ARNG. This means the cadet will not be able to compete for active duty.

  • Receive full tuition and fees (uncapped) or room and board (capped at $10,000 per year)
  • Receive Cadet Monthly Stipend of $420 a month
  • Annual $1,200 book stipend ($600 per semester)
  • Receive Monthly E5/Cadet Drill Pay thru Army ROTC Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)    

You may be able to take advantage of a program that allows you to participate in ROTC and enlist in the ARNG or USAR at the same time, provided a vacancy exists in either a Guard or Reserve unit. It's called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), and it means that while you're still in college, you can be gaining valuable experience and earning extra income. In the SMP, you will be paid at the rate of at least a Sergeant E-5 for your Guard or Reserve service. In addition, you'll receive the ROTC Advanced Course allowance as well. You'll serve as an officer trainee in a Guard or Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of second lieutenant. Once you graduate and receive your commission, you may continue your military service with a USAR or ARNG unit or go on active duty. The ROTC Contract that is agreed upon will determine a cadet status. You are considered Non-Deployable during your time as an SMP Cadet!

The intent of the SMP Program is to increase officer accessions into the RC  by increasing ROTC enrollment from enlisted RC members who are attending college.  SMP cadets are paid for their RC training and receive the ROTC allowance as well as $1200.00 per year for books. Upon completing the ROTC program, the United States Army Officer agrees to an eight-year obligation, which can be served in the Reserve Forces, on Active Duty, or a combination of the two.

  • Pay up to $4,000 tuition assistance annually
  • SMP cadets also may receive the G.I. Bill ®, SMP Kicker and other financial benefits according to their reserve component contract
  • Contracted SMP cadets are not deployable!

All contracted Cadets receive a tax free monthly of $420 a month stipend during the school year.

Troy University donates 15 room scholarships each semester to contracted Army ROTC Cadets.

  • This scholarship pays for a traditional dorm room and cadets can stay in non-traditional dorms but will be required to pay the difference in cost.

* Note: None of the listed programs include a meal plan.

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