Minuteman Scholarship

Minuteman Scholarship Opportunities

If you are interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the Minuteman Scholarship provides you an excellent opportunity.

Minuteman Scholarships cover 4 years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program. 

Scholarship recipients also receive a monthly stipend of $420, and a yearly book allowance of $1,200. In addition, Minuteman Scholarship recipients participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program, which gives them experience with an Army Reserve unit while earning additional money for their service.

To get started, high school seniors should contact the Professor of Military Science or Recruiting Operations Officer at the Army ROTC program that serves their college or university. There are 275 host programs that cover nearly 3,000 schools across the United States.

To find a program that serves your college or university, go to goarmy.com/rotc. For questions concerning the Minuteman Scholarship, email the Minuteman Scholarship manager or call 502-624-7695.

This scholarship program is conducted in two phases and pertains only to the award of GRFD scholarships (dedicated and non-dedicated) which are specifically nominated by the State Adjutant Generals, Army Reserve MSC Commanders, CASAs and ARAs.

PHASE I - Fall Campaign:
States, MSC’s, CASAs and ARAs can begin to nominate qualified individuals for the Minuteman scholarship. USACC HQ’s will process scholarship application requests starting Mar. 15, 2019. Each State (ARNG) and Army Reserve MSC may nominate up to an assigned number of scholarships, based on the needs of the Army, as determined by HQ USACC mission requirements. Nominating sources should develop a competitive process to ensure only the most deserving and qualified individuals receive nominations for scholarships. From Mar. 15, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2019, the ROO at the ROTC program will receive the nomination and submit the packet to USACC for processing and conditional awarding to qualified applicants. Fall 2019 offer window runs through Sept. 1, 2019 or until designated scholarships are exhausted. All scholarship offers are subject to available funding.

PHASE II - Spring Campaign:
This phase begins on Sept. 2, 2019 and continues through Dec. 1, 2019 or until designated scholarships are exhausted. All nominations will be for Spring 2020 starts.


ROTC Minuteman Schloarship• Currently in the Army Reserve or eligible to enlist (meaning test and physically qualified but not sworn in)
• U.S. Citizen
• Between the ages of 17-30
• Valid Chapter 2 MEPS physical
• Able to pass a valid Army Physical Fitness Test (required to sign contract and receive scholarship benefits)
• Be in compliance with AR 600-9 HT/WT standards
• Official University/College acceptance letter
• 4YR scholarship for non-prior service applicants require: 2.5 GPA SAT-1000 and/or ACT-19
• 1000 SAT, 19 ACT, 2.5 GPA if MOSQ
• Participate in Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
• Once commissioned…8-year service obligation
• Graduate students can apply! (Can receive up to a 2YR scholarship)
• Must be no older than 30 in the year of your commission

1. Have an official acceptance letter from the University/College you plan to attend. Must have ROTC program.
2. High School: To receive a 4YR MM scholarship for non-prior service applicants you are required to have a 2.5 HS GPA , 1000 SAT and/or 19 ACT.
Prior-service: To receive a 4YR MM scholarship for prior service you must be MOSQ with meeting the minimum requirements of 2.5 GPA, 1000 SAT and/or 19 ACT.
Already in College: To receive a 3YR or less MM scholarship you must have an established college GPA of 2.5 or higher and 2.5 in last academic semester.
3. Inform the ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) at the university you plan to attend interest in joining the ROTC program and scholarship.
4. The ROO will assist and build the scholarship request packet. You will require the following docs to submit with the application:

  • DA 4824 USAR SMP Agreement
  • Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from Army Reserve unit
  • Nomination Letter for Minuteman scholarship from an Army Reserve Ambassador, CASA, or MSC CDR.
  • The ROO and/or local Army Recruiter will assist you with obtaining all of the above mentioned documents.

Also, it’s a requirement to have status (enlist) in the Army Reserve. While applying it’s only required to be eligible to enlist. That means the applicant must be test/phys. qualified – Qualified Not Enlisted (QNE) with the MEPS. The applicant will not be required to swear-in until they have received a ROTC scholarship offer letter.


•  Receive full tuition and fees (uncapped) or room and board ($10,000 per year) at the participating University of attendance

•  Receive Cadet stipend monthly ($420 Freshman-Senior)

•  Receive a book stipend of $1,200 annually ($600 per semester)

•  SMP with USAR unit and drill monthly and receive E5/CDT drill pay

•  Enroll in ROTC at University of attendance

•  Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA to accept the scholarship (if a current student) and 2.0 GPA to maintain scholarship eligibility

•  To find the Army ROTC program near you, go online to www.goarmy.com/rotc.

ROTC Minute Scholarship brochure

USAR Minuteman Scholarship Flowchart
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Minuteman Scholarship flowchart