Choosing ROTC provides excellent leadership training and also opens opportunities for scholarships. Go here to find out more.
The Army ROTC scholarships consist of:
- Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
- Full-tuition scholarships
- The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
- Additional allowances for books and fees
Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can receive $420 per month for 10 months each year.
This allowance is also available to all non-scholarship Cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (3rd and 4th years).
Receiving the Army scholarship allows students like Jonathan Downs to receive excellent training at MBU.
“I always wanted to be in the military,” says Downs. “I would see the ROTC guys training on the quad and hear about them winning Ranger Challenge in chapel. I also have a lot of family in the military including my dad, brother, uncle, and cousins.
Downs chose ROTC during his senior year of high school. “I was getting close to the end of high school and wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I heard about the scholarship from my dad and decided to pursue it.”
He started the application process in November, but shares, “If I could go back, I’d start earlier to avoid some of the pressure of completing everything by January.”
The application includes several sections such as basic information, essays, and a physical fitness test. Overall, the military looks for a dedication to academics as well as involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
“Go for it!” Downs advises to students interested in applying for this scholarship. “It has been invaluable for me. I wouldn’t be here at MBU if it weren’t for that scholarship.”
Students who choose not to pursue this scholarship have other options available to them through the National Guard including tuition reimbursement, paid basic training, as well as health care options. The Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) is especially beneficial for college students. For more information go here.
Cadet Jared Eitel chose to follow this SMP route.
“Being in the Army is something that I’ve always wanted,” says Eitel. “It’s a huge honor for me to be able to serve my country.”
Eitel first heard about the SMP opportunity from fellow cadets at MBU. He then contacted the area recruiter to join the Guard as an artilleryman and also enter the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
Most cadets that join the Guard with the goal of being a SMP cadet go to basic training. They also go to drill one weekend each month and take part in the two- to three-week annual training every year.
“I would definitely recommend it,” Eitel advises individuals considering this program. “It’s taught me a lot about what it takes to be a successful military leader. And overall, MBU ROTC is something that I’ve learned a lot from, and I’m glad that I get to be a part of this program.”