2 Year Scholarship

Army ROTC is a program, which provides college trained officers for the regular US Army, US Army Reserve and the US Army National Guard. The two-year scholarship is available to any student who has completed their freshman and sophomore years of college. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees.


The scholarship benefits cover tuition, books and fees. In addition, juniors receive $450 per month spending money and seniors receive $500 per month.

Eligibility Requirements

The following eligibility requirements apply for scholarship competition:

Character: Be of good moral character, as evidenced by participation as a member of his/her home community and the institution where enrolled.

Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States.

Age: Be at least 17 years of age by October 1 of the year of enrollment as a scholarship cadet. Be under 27 years of age on June 30 of the calendar year in which eligibility for appointment as a second lieutenant. An extension of up to three years may be granted for active duty service.

Motivation: Exhibit a strong desire to obtain a commission and baccalaureate degree.

Officer Potential: Leadership potential will be emphasized as a very important factor to be considered for selection and continuance of scholarship. Applicant must possess officer potential as evidenced by appearance, personal physical fitness, personality, academic performance and extracurricular activities.

Medical: Be medically qualified for initial enrollment into ROTC.

Curriculum: Be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment as a full-time regularly matriculating student in any major of study, except Theology, at a baccalaureate degree granting institution, beginning the effective date of the scholarship. Department of the Army has a requirement for highly technical and other specific disciplines. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded to applicants based on the academic disciplines they are pursuing. Army ROTC scholarship recipients must attain an undergraduate degree in the discipline in which the scholarship is granted.

Academic: Minimum GPA of 2.5 at time of application and at contracting. An enrolled applicant must have at least a 2.75 ROTC cumulative GPA .

Physical Aptitude: Applicants must pass the minimum standard on the Army Physical Fitness Test.

Scholar, Athlete, Leader (SAL): We are looking for quality students that possess Scholar, Athlete, Leader (SAL) attributes. Following are examples of competitive attributes:

(1) High School Criteria (4-Year Scholarship Applicants)

Scholar (only requires one of the bullets)

  • Valedictorian/Salutatorian
  • Membership in National Honor Society
  • GPA over 3.0 and SAT/ACT score over 1100/24
  • Top 10% of class and either
  • GPA over 3.0 or
  • SAT/ACT score above 1100/24

Athlete (only requires one of the bullets)

  • Varsity letter from high school team
  • Member of regional/city/competitive league
  • Either active involvement in organized competitive

Leader (only requires one of the bullets)

  • Elected member of student government, class, activity
  • Captain of athletic or academic team
  • Eagle Scout/Gold Star
  • Served in position of responsibility in school/club/church or private organization and leader in volunteer service organization/activities

(2) Campus Criteria:

Scholar (only requires one of the bullets)

  • Campus Academic Honors Designee
  • Cumulative GPA over 3.0 and SAT/ACT over 1100/24 (Freshman and Green to Gold)
  • Top third of class and either
  • Cumulative GPA over 3.0
  • and SAT/ACT score above 1100/24 (Freshman and Green to Gold)
  • In an academic program with the ADM coding of 3, 4, or 5 IAW CC Reg 145-12 and a cumulative GPA over 2.5

Athlete (only requires one of the bullets)

  • Current member of college competitive or intramural team
  • Current member of regional/city/competitive league
  • Either active competitive involvement in organized team sports/unit sports team (Green to Gold) or active involvement in individual athletic competitions (triathlon, mountain biking, running, martial arts, etc.)

Leader (only requires one of the bullets)

  • Elected member of student government, class, activity
  • Captain of college athletic or academic team
  • Eagle Scout/Gold Star
  • Prior service NCO (reserve or active duty)
  • Owns/runs own business or in supervisory position
  • Serves in position of responsibility in school/club/church or private organization and leader in volunteer service organization/activities

Obligation

As a recipient of a two-year scholarship you must be eligible to enter into the ROTC Advanced Course by the effective date of the scholarship. Applicants who do not have placement credit for the Basic Course (i.e. veteran, member of Reserve Component, etc.) will be required to attend the ROTC Leader's Training Camp at Ft. Knox, Kentucky during the summer to validate the scholarship before beginning the junior year.

Upon graduation, you have an obligation to accept a commission and serve full-time in the active Army, or part-time in either the Army National Guard or the US Army Reserve for a total of eight years. Active Army commitment can be served in a combination of four years active and 4 years reserve. The Army Reserves and National Guard service is one weekend per month and a two week period usually during the summer.

Where to get an application

You may get an application from the MTSU Army ROTC department by writing to us at the address listed below or visiting Forrest Hall, Room 1 on campus.

Department of Military Science
Middle Tennessee State University
Forrest Hall, P.O. Box 52
Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0052
(615) 898-2470