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Penn State Army ROTC

Campus Based Scholarships (2-4 year)

Campus based scholarships are available to qualified students who were not offered or did not apply for the High School ROTC Scholarship or the Green to Gold program. These scholarships are extremely limited and may range in length from 2-4 years. Scholarships pay for full tuition and mandatory fees, for both resident and non-resident students. Scholarship awardees also receive a book allowance and a tax-free monthly stipend to defray the cost of living. Applications can be submitted year round to the Department of Military Science at PSU.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be under 31 years of age by December 31 of the year you will graduate from college.
  • Must have four or more academic semesters remaining for a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment. Students seeking a master's degree must have four academic semesters remaining and must have Army ROTC Basic Course credit (contact the ROTC department the spring before you begin your program).
  • Have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Satisfactory explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction.
  • Have no moral or personal conviction against bearing arms or supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

Those applicants advancing to further scholarship consideration are scheduled for a medical examination and a personal interview. See above.

Military Obligation

If you are selected for a ROTC Scholarship, you are required to:

  • Sign a contract with the Secretary of the Army.
  • Attend the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (AKA Warrior Forge) between your Junior and Senior Year.
  • Accept a Commission to serve in the Army on active duty, in the Army National Guard, or in the Army Reserves upon degree completion.
  • Serve in the military for a period of 8 years. This may be fulfilled by one of the following:
    1. Serving active duty, if selected, for 4 years followed by 4 years of service in the Army National Guard, Army Reserves, or Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR). You may elect to serve on active duty longer, but only the first 4 are required. Terms of obligation begin at the time of commissioning.
    2. Serve 8 years in drill status (one weekend a month and two weeks a year for training) the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, that includes a 3-6 month active duty term for initial training.

LTC Scholarship

You attend school in hopes of one day attaining the all-important college degree. But do you ever find yourself thirsting for more? Are you seeking additional challenges? Do you have other aspirations? Are you among the upper echelon - the elite - the select few that have the ability and drive to become leaders? Examples of others who have chosen this very path are all around you. They are your peers. They are Army ROTC Cadets - and you can join the by attending the Leader's Training Course (LTC).

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident.
  • Be between 17 and 30 years old.
  • Be enrolled in college full time in pursuit of a baccalaureate or advanced degree and have at least two years of school remaining.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Meet military medical qualification standards.
  • Have no civil convictions (unless waiver is approved).
  • Have no more than three dependents (unless waiver is approved).

The Pennsylvania State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, 2013.

211 Wagner Building, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 1-(814) 863-0368
Point of Contact: Brandon Smith, bjs51@psu.edu