ROTC Benefits

Money and Scholarships

Basic Allowance: All students contracted in the Reserve Officer Training Corps receive a tax-free monetary allowance.

Freshmen - $300 per month
Sophomores - $350 per month
Juniors - $450 per month
Seniors - $500 per month

Scholarships Available to ROTC Cadets on Campus

If you missed the scholarship opportunity in high school, there are two and three-year scholarships for which you can apply. These scholarships are awarded bases strictly on merit, based on the student’s academic, athletic and leadership performance.

The ROTC scholarship benefit package provides either full tuition and mandatory fees or room and board. In addition a book allowance of $1200 per year is provided ($600 per semester).

You must be a college freshman or sophomore to apply for a Campus Based Scholarship and you must take military science classes at a college that offers ROTC.

For more information (PDF)

Campus-based Scholarship Eligibility:

  1. Be a US Citizen

  2. Be of good moral character

  3. Under 31years old on Dec. 31 of the year you expect to graduate college and be commissioned

  4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to apply, and at time of contracting

  5. Minimum ROTC GPA of 3.0 if currently enrolled in ROTC classes

  6. Have a minimum of 920 SAT or ACT composite of 19

  7. Participate in leadership, extracurricular and athletic activities (Part-time jobs earn substitute credit)

  8. Pursue an army-approved academic major

  9. Agree to accept a commission as an Active Duty Army, Army National Guard, or US Army Reserve officer

  10. Meet physical standards (must pass APFT before receiving benefits)

  11. Be interviewed by the Professor of Military Science

  12. Be enrolled as a student at Lock Haven University

  13. Have at least 4 semesters of school remaining before graduation

  14. Be medically qualified

For more information about campus-based scholarships or the Army ROTC program, contact Briton Orndorf, Recruiting Operations Officer at (570) 484-2903 or by email at bdo324@lhup.edu


Green to Gold Scholarships 
(Available to active duty enlisted soldiers)

The Green to Gold program seeks talented young enlisted soldiers who have decided to leave, or are considering leaving, active duty to attend college. Quality enlisted soldiers with officer potential, who have served at least two years on active duty, are allowed to voluntarily request discharge from active duty to enroll in Army ROTC. Upon completing the program, they can earn baccalaureate degrees and commissions as second lieutenants. Four, three and two-year scholarships are available.

Click here for more information about the Green to Gold Program.

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty

Need Help Financing your College Education?

Apply for a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Army ROTC Scholarship!

The Army ROTC program provides college trained officers for the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR). The Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship is one of two programs directed by law that must have scholarships awarded yearly.

The program provides scholarship opportunities to college students who will be juniors in the fall of the year the scholarship is awarded. The two-year scholarships available in the GRFD program require recipients to be in either a National Guard or Reserve Unit. Individuals in the Reserves who win a GRFD scholarship have the option to request active duty during the accession process, but those in the National Guard cannot.

Army Reserve and dedicated Army National Guard scholarship cadets, in addition to their normal college degree requirements, take military science courses, participate in scheduled leadership laboratories, attend the 5-week ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp, and are members of an ARNG or USAR unit.

Applications are sent by the school to the appropriate State Adjutant General (AG) for Army National Guard applicants and to the Regional Support Commander (RSC) for United States Army Reserve applicants.

The U.S. Army ROTC GRFD and Dedicated Army National Guard scholarships provide financial assistance toward college tuition and education fees of up to $20,000 annually. Additionally, a flat rate of $450 per semester is provided to purchase textbooks, classroom supplies and equipment. Army ROTC Scholarship winners also receive $450 per month in their junior year, ($500 for seniors) for up to ten months of each school year. You will also earn drill pay for participating in National Guard or Army Reserve training activities. Upon graduation and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard or the Army Reserves, scholarship recipients incur an eight-year military service obligation.

Individuals who receive an ARNG scholarship cannot request active duty, and those who are awarded a dedicated ARNG scholarship are not eligible to receive the Montgomery GI Bill benefits or kicker.

Obligations: If you are selected and accept an Army ROTC GRFD or Dedicated Army National Guard Scholarship, you are obligated to:

  • Enter into an appropriate contract with the Army, which will spell out your scholarship, benefits and obligations.

  • Agree to serve in the ARNG/USAR for a period of 8 years.

  • Join the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) and participate regularly with a National Guard or Army Reserve unit.

  • Pursue the academic discipline (if applicable) identified in the letter that notifies you of your selection as a scholarship recipient.

  • Attend ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp, normally between your Junior and Senior years of college.

  • Accept a commission to serve on active duty or reserve duty (Army National Guard or Army Reserve) upon completion of the required academic and ROTC Courses.

  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of Character, U.S. Citizenship, Age, Motivation, Officer Potential, Academic Excellence, Physical Fitness and Medical Fitness.

The deadline is June 1

2-year GRFD Scholarship Eligibility:

  1. Be member of the Army National Guard or Army Reserves or be willing to join the ARNG or the reserves and participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).

  2. Be a US Citizen

  3. Be of good moral character

  4. Under 31 years old on Dec. 31 of the year you expect to graduate college and be commissioned.

  5. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to apply and contract

  6. Minimum ROTC GPA of 3.0 if currently enrolled in ROTC classes

  7. Have a minimum of 920 SAT or ACT composite of 19

  8. Participate in leadership, extracurricular and athletic activities (Part-time jobs earn substitute credit)

  9. Pursue an army-approved academic major

  10. Meet physical standards (must pass APFT before receiving benefits)

  11. Be interviewed by the Professor of Military Science

  12. Be enrolled as a full time student at Lock Haven University

  13. Have at least 4 semesters of school remaining before graduation

Benefits of these scholarships:

  • Paid Tuition and Fees

  • Textbook Allowance ($900/year)

  • Monthly Tax Free Stipend ($300 -$500/month)

  • E-5 Drill Pay

  • GRFD Kicker ($350/month)

Obligation: 8 years in the Army Reserves or National Guard (1 weekend per month and two weeks in the summer)

To learn more about the GRFD scholarships, contact Briton Orndorf Recruiting Operations Officer at (570) 484-2903 or by email at bdo324@lhup.edu.

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