4-year and 3-year Advanced Designees

The Department of Military Science accepts applications for two and three-year scholarships throughout the year. A student does not have to be currently enrolled in Military Science classes to apply for these two scholarship options.

This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who will soon graduate.  Competition for these scholarships is overwhelming, as over 10,000 students from across the country compete for them. Scholarships pay for full tuition and mandatory fees, for both resident and non-resident students. You may elect to receive $5,000 per semester instead of receiving the tuition and fees money.  Scholarship awardees also receive a book allowance of $600 per semester (not including summer) and a monthly tax-free stipend of $420 to defray the cost of living. Interested students can apply at US Army website after 1 February of their junior year in high school.

There are two types of high school scholarships: 4-year and 3-year Advanced Designee. 3-year Advanced Designee scholarship winners must satisfactorily participate in Army ROTC their freshmen year in order for their 3-year scholarship to take effect at the beginning of their sophomore year.

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be at least 17 years of age by October of the semester you are entering college.
  • Must not reach 31 years of age by December 31 of the year you will graduate from college.
  • If you are taking or have taken college courses you must be considered a freshman and have four academic years remaining for a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction.
  • Have no moral or personal conviction against bearing arms, or supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

Those applicants advancing to further scholarship consideration are scheduled for a medical examination with the nearest medical facility and a personal interview with the Professor of Military Science and Department Head.


This interview is held with the nearest Professor of Military Science.  It may be conducted by telephone but is preferred to be done in person depending on the distance involved. Any travel to and from the interview is at your own expense.


Individuals selected for a scholarship will be contacted and scheduled for a medical examination by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB). Your medical condition is not a consideration in the selection of winners; however, all winners must be medically qualified and enrolled to receive scholarship benefits. Travel to and from the medical examination is at your own expense.


If you are selected for an ROTC Scholarship, you are required to:

  • Sign a contract with the Secretary of the Army.
  • Attend a 5-week Advanced Camp between your 3rd and 4th Year at Ft Knox, Kentucky.
  • Accept a Commission to serve on Army active duty, National Guard, or Army Reserves upon degree completion.
  • Serve in the military for a period of 8 years. This may be fulfilled by:
    •  Serving active duty, if selected, for 4 years followed by 4 years of service in the Individual Ready Reserve(IRR)/National Guard/Army Reserves. Term of service begins upon arrival at Basic Officer Leadership Course.
    • Serve 8 years in the National Guard/Army Reserves,that includes a 3-6 month active duty term for initial training. Terms of obligation begin at time of commissioning.

In addition to the National Scholarships, the department chair awards multiple four, three, and two-year scholarships annually to competitive, eligible students.