Army Cadet in dress uniform

Army ROTC Scholarships at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are worth $29,000 annually and cover college tuition and educational fees, as well as $1,200 per year for books. In addition, contracted Cadets (scholarship and non-scholarship) receive a monthly subsistence allowance. The monthly subsistence allowance is $300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors and $500 for seniors. Scholarships do not pay flight fees.

Four-Year Scholarship

If you are an incoming freshman, you may qualify for a full-tuition scholarship to attend Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach.

High school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship through the national selection process. If a high school senior is awarded a four-year or three-year Advanced Designee Scholarship while still in high school, Embry-Riddle may provide you "assurance" money, including scholarships, need-based grants and awards that will activate when the scholarship goes into effect. University funding, in combination with funding from ROTC, cannot exceed the cost of education. This "assurance" is offered at the discretion of the university financial aid department, not Army ROTC.

On-campus scholarships are awarded after a student has enrolled in Army ROTC, applied for and qualified for the scholarship. Campus-based scholarships pay for tuition and fees (it does not pay for flight fees), a monthly stipend for 10 months and a book allowance each semester.

Two- and Three-Year Scholarships

If you missed the scholarship opportunity in high school, there are ROTC scholarship opportunities available on campus. Two- and three-year scholarships are awarded based strictly on merit to the most outstanding students who apply.

This program provides selected active-duty enlisted members of the Army an opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements and obtain a commission through participation in the ROTC scholarship program.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

You must meet the following general eligibility requirements to receive an Army ROTC scholarship:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be 17 years of age by Oct. 1 of your freshman year and younger than 26 on June 30 of that year.
    • In addition, you must not reach your 31st birthday by Dec. 31 of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive your commission.
  • Have no moral obligation or personal conviction that will prevent you from supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies — foreign and domestic — or conscientiously bearing arms.
  • Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5.
  • Receive a minimum SAT score of at least 920 points or an ACT composite score of 19.
  • Agree to accept a commission in the United States Army.
  • Meet required physical standards.

For a four-year scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or have an equivalent certificate before September of your college freshman year. If you are taking or have taken college courses, you must be considered a beginning freshman and have four academic years remaining for a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment in the fall of your college freshman year.
  • If you are in an accelerated program and will complete your senior year of high school and first year of college concurrently, you must have four academic years remaining in an approved baccalaureate degree program upon enrollment in the fall of the combined academic year.
  • If you are a college freshman in a documented five-year program with four years remaining before graduation, you must submit verification from your university that your course of study is a five-year program and that you will have four full years remaining. Contact the Army Professor of Military Science at your university for a copy of a planned academic program worksheet.

Your Commitment to ROTC

As a winner of an Army Scholarship, you're required to take an ROTC class, which demands a few hours of your time each week. Scholarship students lead essentially the same life as other college students.

You may pursue any course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree, and you may engage in any activity that does not interfere with your ROTC requirements, which include prescribed Military Science courses, participation in scheduled drill periods and completion of the ROTC Cadet Summer Training (CST) during the summers of your sophomore and junior years.

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 U.S. Army Reserve.

Your Obligations

  • You must sign a contract with the Secretary of the Army. If you are 17 years of age when you enroll, your parents or guardian must also sign this contract. If you are 18 or older, only your signature is required. This contract contains a requirement to repay the United States government for all financial aid received if, after you begin your sophomore year, you fail to comply with the terms of the contract. This repayment may be monetary or in the form of enlisted service. The choice rests with the Army and not the scholarship Cadet.
  • You must enlist in the Army Reserve for a period of eight years. You must be 17 years of age by the time of enrollment in order to sign an enlistment contract.
  • You must enroll in the university listed, and pursue the academic discipline identified, in your selection letter. As a nurse scholarship recipient, you must attend the Partnership in Nursing Education (PNE) school named in your announcement letter.
  • Attend the ROTC CST in the summer of your sophomore and junior year.
  • You must accept a commission as either an active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard Officer upon completion of the required academic and ROTC courses.
  • You must serve in the military for a combined period of eight years. This may be fulfilled by:
    • Serving on active duty, if selected, for four years followed by service in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or United States Army Reserve (USAR) or the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for the remainder of the eight-year obligation.
    • Serving eight years in an ARNG or USAR Troop Program Unit, which includes a three- to six-month active-duty period for initial training.

Processing Procedures

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria to receive scholarship consideration. Unfortunately, all applicants cannot be selected as finalists. Those applicants advancing to further scholarship consideration after initial screening are scheduled for a personal interview and a medical examination.

Personal Interview

The interview is conducted by an Army officer who will ask you questions and will answer any questions you have about Army ROTC and the pursuit of an Army commission. Your information will be passed to the Professors of Military Science (PMS) at the schools you listed on your application. Those PMSs will contact you. You will be interviewed over the phone or in person, depending on the distance involved. You must pay any cost for transportation, food and lodging for the interview.

Medical Examination

Individuals selected for an interview will be contacted and scheduled for a medical examination by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB). You are responsible for your own transportation, food, and lodging related to this examination. Results of the medical examination will be furnished directly to you by DODMERB.

If you are unable to report for the examination as scheduled, you must notify DODMERB immediately. You will be rescheduled. Current height and weight requirements for a four-year scholarship and subsequent commissioning must be met.

All winners must be medically qualified in order to contract and receive scholarship benefits.

Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)

Individuals competing for an Army ROTC scholarship must pass the Army Combat Fitness Test prior to receiving a scholarship offer. The ACFT will be administered during your interview visit.

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