The Army ROTC scholarship program provides financial assistance for the education and training of highly qualified and motivated young men and women who desire to be commissioned as officers in the Army after graduation from college. If you have questions about scholarships, call the Recruiting Operations Officer (contact info on the sidebar).

Scholarships pay

  • 100% tuition and mandatory fees or $6000 a semester for living costs
  • A $1200 per academic year book allowance
  • A stipend of $420 a month

General Eligibility Requirements

For an ROTC scholarship, you must generally:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Possess a high school diploma, or equivalent
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be medically qualified through DODMERB
  • Be able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test

Scholarships Available

  • High School Scholarships (4-Year or 3-Year)
    • This scholarship is for high school seniors (or individuals that will receive their GED) that are planning to enter college as a freshman the fall following their senior year in high school.
  • Campus Based Scholarships (2-Year or 3-Year)
    • Available for current freshmen (2-year or 3-year scholarships), sophomores and juniors with at least 4-semesters remaining to graduate (2-year scholarship)
    • Seniors planning to attend graduate school (2-year scholarship) 
    • Contact the Recruiting Operations Officer at 573-931-3599 for more information
  • Basic Course Scholarships (2-Year)
    • Basic Course scholarships are 2-year scholarships and require attendance at the Basic Camp the summer between the academic sophomore and junior year
    • A conditional contract must be signed prior to attending Basic Camp signifying the individual is interested in a career as an Army Officer, but the contract will not become binding until the individual returns to school for the junior year and takes an oath from the Professor of Military Science
    • Must pass the Basic Physical Fitness Test (BPFT) prior to attending Basic Camp
    • Contact the Recruiting Operations Officer at 573-931-3599 for more information.
  • Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) (2-Year or 3-Year)
    • The GRFD and Dedicated ARNG Scholarships are scholarships available for anyone who desires to become an officer in the Army Reserve (AR) and Army National Guard (ARNG)
    • Applicants must be members of the AR or ARNG and participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) as a cadet
    • Both scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Students apply for this scholarship during the spring semester of their sophomore year
    • To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a student with 4 to 5 semesters remaining until graduation
    • Contact the Recruiting Operations Officer at 573-931-3599 for more information.
  • Green to Gold
    • If you are currently on active duty and would like to commission as a Second Lieutenant (2LT), one of these Green to Gold Programs may apply:
      • Active Duty Option
        • Not a scholarship but the soldier remains on Active Duty to complete their college degree. Must enter the program as an academic junior and complete their degree program within two academic years.
        • Individual continues to receive full military pay and allowances while attending final two years of college
      • 4-Year Scholarship (enter as a Freshman)
      • 3-Year Scholarship (enter as a Sophomore)
      • 2-Year Scholarship (enter as a Junior)
      • 2-Year Non-Scholarship
    • Visit the link for more information or contact the Recruiting Operations Officer at 573-931-3599
  • Nursing Scholarships (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
    • Currently, Mizzou Army ROTC does not have a nursing mission and Cadet Command offers limited nursing scholarships for students at the University of Missouri at this time.  Nursing students can be approved to contract as non-scholarship cadets and utilize the Missouri Guard for 100% tuition
    • Nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets can benefit from hands-on, unique nursing opportunities while receiving financial assistance for college
    • You will gain valuable leadership experience and management training that can benefit you in either a private-sector or military nursing career 
    • Contact the Recruiting Operations Officer at 573-931-3599 for more information
  • Non-Scholarship Option
    • Students can participate in ROTC without a scholarship and will receive the ROTC stipend benefits during their junior and senior year once contracted.
    • If a cadet is a member of the Army Reserve or Army National Guard, they are required to participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), which will entitle them to receive additional financial benefits through the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while completing their degree program as an Army ROTC cadet.

Obligations of New Lieutenants 

A total of 8 years of military service upon college graduation which may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  • Active Duty Service options
    • Serve 4 years on Active Duty, plus 4 years on Reserve Duty (Army Reserve or Army National Guard or Inactive Ready Reserve), or
    • Serve more than 4 years on active duty plus whatever remains of the 8 year obligation on Reserve Forces Duty or Inactive Ready Reserve, or
    • Serve all 8 years on Active Duty.
  • Guard or Reserve Options
    • Serve 6 years on Reserve Forces Duty and 2 years of Inactive Ready Reserve
    • Cadets with Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarships serve 8 years in either the National Guard or Army Reserve

Applications are available on-line at the Cadet Command website.


Scholarships and Enrollment

Mr. Patrick Kent
Recruiting Operations Officer

Other Inquiries

Army ROTC - Department of Military Science and Leadership
University of Missouri
202 Crowder Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-4080
phone: 573-882-7721