2-Year Scholarship

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty/ Dedicated National Guard Scholarships


The ROTC Scholarship Opportunity

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) and Dedicated National Guard (NG) scholarships are awarded to the most outstanding applicants. In keeping with our high standards of excellence, candidates are selected for merit-based scholarships on their scholastic achievement and extra-curricular accomplishments, and not on the basis of financial need.

Types of Scholarships:

GRFD - Reserve (2-Year) Active member of Army Reserve unit.

GRFD - National Guard (2-Year) Active member of Army National Guard unit.

Dedicated National Guard (4 & 2-Year) Active member of Army National Guard unit.

Scholarship covers full tuition and fees.

Each applicant is considered for each of these scholarships.

In addition to the awarded scholarship, each recipient receives a flat rate of $1,200 annually for books, supplies, and equipment, as well as $450/month during the junior year and $500/month during the senior year in spending money, tax free. Recipients may use their scholarships at any college that offers Army ROTC on their campus.


How Recipients are Chosen

Recipients are selected based on academic record, SAT or ACT test results, school evaluations, extra-curricular, leadership and athletics, a personal interview and a physical aptitude exam.

Since the Army, like many of today's top organizations, values technological skills, scholarship preference is given to students pursuing degrees in engineering, the physical sciences, and nursing, but all MTSU academic majors qualify to compete for scholarships.


Who's Eligible?

You're eligible for the ROTC GRFD/NG scholarships if you meet the following requirements:

  • You're a U.S. citizen.
  • You'll be 17 before the scholarship is effective.
  • You've taken the SAT or ACT no later than November of the year you apply, and have a minimum 850 SAT or composite 19 ACT.
  • You have good high school grades
  • You participate in leadership, extracurricular and athletic activities. (A part-time job earns you substitute credit.)
  • You'll be under 27 on June 30 of the year you expect to graduate. (Qualifying veterans may be granted an age extension of up to three years.)
  • You're a high school graduate or have equivalent credit.
  • You agree to accept a commission in the US Army.
  • You pursue an Army approved academic major.
  • You meet required physical standards.
  • You are presently a member of a National Guard or Army Reserve unit.

Your ROTC Commitment

As a recipient of a two-year Reserve Forces Duty scholarship, you're required to take an ROTC class, which demands no more than a few hours of your time each week, enlist in the Army National Guard or the United States Army Reserve, and join the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Upon graduation, you have an obligation to accept a commission, serve on active duty for a three to six month duration for completion of Officer Basic Course training. You would then continue your civilian occupation or advanced schooling on a full-time basis while continuing your Reserve Component service as a member of an either an Army National Guard unit or US Army Reserve Troop program.


When to Apply

Applications are available December through February. Your application must be completed and received by Headquarters, Cadet Command by March 15. Recipients are notified during the month of June.


How to Receive an Application

To receive your two-year scholarship application, write us at:

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