Army ROTC scholarships 101
- Two-, three- and four-year scholarships are available.
- Army ROTC scholarships cover full tuition and fees (not including flight fees)
- $1,200 per year for textbooks, supplies and equipment
- $420 a month, living allowance
- The benefits for all scholarships are the same, the only difference being the duration of the benefits.
In addition to what the Army provides, all ROTC scholarship recipients who attend Western Michigan University and live on campus will receive an additional $3,000 per year from WMU to help offset the cost of their on-campus housing.
Scholarships for High School Students
The typical high school scholarship recipient at WMU has a 3.5 GPA; scored a 25 on the ACT or 1180 on the SAT; played a high school varsity sport; and was a team captain, a student government leader, or held some other type of leadership position. You must apply online for an ROTC scholarship beginning in June between their junior and senior year.
WMU FIRST scholarship
If you receive a 3-year national scholarship, WMU will pay full tuition for the first year allowing you to have a full four year scholarship.
To be eligible to receive an ROTC scholarship, a student must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be medically qualified.
- Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test. High school students must pass a personal fitness test.
- Meet Army height and weight standards.
- Be a full-time student.
- Be no older than 31 years of age on Dec. 31 of the year in which they graduate from college.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5. High school students must also have a minimum score of 19 on the ACT.
All ROTC scholarship recipients should file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid annually, as receiving an ROTC scholarship does not preclude you from accepting other forms of financial aid.
Scholarships for current college students
Applicants who are not high school students must apply in person at WMU's ROTC office. Email for more information.
Scholarships for currently serving military members
The Army Green to Gold Program is designed to offer Enlisted Soldiers in the Army the opportunity to earn a commission as Army Officers. This program offers enlisted Soldiers several unique ways to earn a baccalaureate or graduate degree
The GRFD program is designed for cadets who are interested in obtaining a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves or Army National Guard with a guarantee for a Reserve Component (RC) assignment. Scholarships cover full tuition and mandatory fees or room and board up to $10,000, and range in length up to 3 years. 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 a Battle Training Assembly (BTA) one weekend per month and a two week annual training.
GRFD applicants must speak with the ROTC reserve forces liaison before completing the application.
Scholarships for contracted ROTC cadets
There are several ROTC specific scholarships funded by ROTC alum and the Southwest Michigan community. You must e a contracted cadet in order to be awarded these scholarships.
Captain Drew Russell Memorial Scholarship
- Fall 2019 deadline is Feb 20, 2019.
- Minimum GPA of 3.25 or above.
- Membership in any of the current ROTC sponsored clubs or teams for at least one semester
- Submission of an essay entitled Why I Want to Be an Army Officer.
Herbert W. Kenz ROTC Cadet Scholarship
- Fall 2019 deadline is Feb 20, 2019.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Shall embody the Army Values
- Shall exhibit a balance in his/her life related to family, friends, work, education, athletics and the arts
- Shall exhibit a positive attitude towards others and the future
Colonel Richard A. Sperling Distinguished Service Cross Endowed Scholarship
- Contracted United States Army ROTC cadet(s) at Western Michigan University enrolled in Aviation Flight Science at WMU, or
- In the event there is no contracted Army ROTC cadet(s) enrolled in Aviation Flight Science, a contracted Army ROTC cadet(s) who has expressed a strong interest in taking flight training at the WMU College of Aviation, or
- In the event there are no contracted Army ROTC cadets enrolled in Aviation Flight Science or who have indicated an interest in taking flight training at the College of Aviation, a non-contracted Army ROTC cadet in good standing who is enrolled in Aviation Flight Science or interested in flight training.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA .
- One page resume
- Essay, maximum 600 words, in APA format on; "My dream job in aviation and the role my bachelor's degree will play in attaining it.
Application processed through the College of Aviation