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Types of Scholarships

There are several different types of scholarships. For high school students there is a National Board that meets to award either 4 year or 3AD (Advanced Designee) Scholarships. The 3AD scholarship is awarded to high school seniors but does not start paying for college until the student's sophomore year. 

The second type of scholarship is called an "On Campus" scholarship. These are awarded to students who are participating in Army ROTC and have demonstrated their desire and ability to be leaders. They are merit based (high GPA, high physical fitness scores, and leadership potential) and are awarded in increments of 3.5, 3, 2.5, or 2 year scholarships.

National Guard or Army Reserve soldiers, there are scholarships designed specifically for you. Those scholarships are designed to provide tuition and fees, books, and stipend above and beyond what the tuition assistance will provide in each state. If your tuition assistance pays 100% of your tuition and fees, then the scholarship can be applied to your food and housing costs.

Scholarship Benefits

  • 100% Tuition and Fees
  • $1200 per year for Books
  • Monthly Stipend for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors -  $420 per month for 10 months

If you are awarded a 4 year or 3AD scholarship (from the National Board) to Creighton, you will receive free food and housing while on scholarship.


To be eligible for an Army ROTC Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Age -  Between 17 to 26 years old
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet the Army physical fitness standards
  • Conduct a Department of Defense Medical Review Board (DoDMERB) physical. This physical will determine if you are physically qualified to be an officer in the United States Army.
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active duty or in a reserve component (National Guard or Army Reserve)

National Guard and Reserve Scholarships

The scholarships available to National Guard or Army Reserve soldiers are specifically designed to provide opportunities for cadets to guarantee their admittance back into the National Guard or Army Reserves upon graduation from college. They also provide additional support for tuition and fees if the soldier’s tuition and fees are larger than what the tuition assistance from the National Guard or Army Reserves will provide. There are two different kinds of scholarships available.

1. Dedicated Guard or Dedicated Reserve Scholarship – They are three year scholarships that provide the following benefits.  A Dedicated Guard Scholarship will guarantee the soldier to go back into the National Guard upon graduation and the Dedicated Reserve Scholarship will guarantee the soldier to go back into the Army Reserves upon graduation (your Montgomery GI Bill benefits will be suspended under this scholarship):

  • Provides 100% tuition and fees
  • $1200 per year for books
  • Monthly stipend

2. Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship (GRFD) – This scholarship is a two year scholarship that provides the same benefits as the Dedicated Scholarships, but the difference is you ARE able to use your Montgomery GI Bill benefits with this scholarship plus you are not tied to a specific reserve component. You, the soldier, can return back into either the National Guard or the Army Reserve upon graduation.

Application Process

For the high school national board, there are several steps that you will need to do in order for your scholarship packet to be complete and ready for consideration. Most of them will require additional information to be sent into Cadet Command by your high school. 

  1. Complete your scholarship application.

  2. Send in a copy of your high school transcripts

  3. Send in a copy of your ACT or SAT scores

  4. Conduct the Physical Fitness Test. This can be administered by a Coach, Teacher, or Counselor at your school.

  5. Conduct an interview with a Professor of Military Science (PMS). This can be done at the closest campus that has an ROTC battalion. It is up to you to schedule the interview.

If you have any questions about this process please contact us.


Each year the Nation Board meets to determine who will receive Army ROTC Scholarships. The number of scholarships varies from year to year. This year 2010-2011 there will be three boards, the first will be held in October 2010, the second in December 2010, and the last one will be in April 2011. It is important to submit your scholarship as soon as possible to maximize the exposure of your scholarship packet to the National Board.


Every cadet will have the same commitment to the Army upon graduation and commissioning. Each cadet will serve for a total of 8 years.  That commitment can be split up a variety of different ways. Here is how you can serve:

If selected for active duty, you will spend the first 4 years on active duty, then you will have a choice. You can serve the last 4 years on active duty, in the National Guard or Army Reserves. 

If selected or you choose to, you can serve all 8 years in the National Guard or Army Reserves.