Army ROTC offers both undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

Qualified student can receive two-, three- or four-year scholarships which pay full tuition and fees, money for books and a non-taxed monthly stipend. Non-taxed monthly stipends are also available for non-scholarship ROTC cadets. Four-year scholarship applicants must be high school students.

Military science courses are tuition-free, incur no military commitment and receive full academic credit.

Freshman enrolled in ROTC are eligible for a limited number of room scholarships, a 50 percent tuition reduction in room costs.

Contact rotc@usd.edu for more information on Army ROTC scholarships.

Undergraduate

Line Scholarship

  • Students choose between full tuition and fees or $5000 per semester for room and board (can be used with financial aid or scholarships from other sources)
  • Students receive $600 dollars per semester for book stipends
  • Students will receive a monthly stipend of $300/350/450/500 depending on academic year
  • Students can utilize Post-9/11 GI Bill if they have received one (from parent or prior military service)
  • Cadets can compete for active duty

Dedicated GRFD (Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty) Scholarship

  • Students choose between full tuition and fees or $5000 per semester for room and board (can be used with financial aid or scholarships from other sources)
  • Must attend USAR/ARNG weekend drills
  • Will receive E5 drill pay for USAR/ARNG weekend drills
  • Students will receive a monthly stipend of $350/450/500 depending on academic year
  • Must attend basic training and AIT to earn GI Bill
  • Dedicated GRFD’s cannot use GI Bill while on scholarship but can save for later such as for a graduate program
  • Will receive 350/month ROTC Kicker once contracted but can’t be used until later such as for a graduate program
  • Covers six semesters of college and must only have six semesters until graduation
  • Cadets cannot compete for active duty

GRFD (Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty) Scholarship

  • Students choose between full tuition and fees or $5000 per semester for room and board (can be used with financial aid or scholarships from other sources)
  • Must attend USAR/ARNG weekend drills
  • Will receive E5 drill pay for USAR/ARNG weekend drills
  • Students will receive a monthly stipend of $450/500 depending on academic year
  • Must attend basic training and AIT to earn GI Bill
  • GRFD’s can use GI Bill while on scholarship or can save for later such as for a graduate program
  • Will receive 350/month ROTC Kicker once contracted
  • Covers four semesters of college and must only have four semesters until graduation
  • Cadets cannot compete for active duty

USD Specific Scholarships

Col. Robert B. Aasen Distinguished Military Graduate Award

Senior cadets enrolled in the Department of Military Sciences and are scheduled to complete their degree requirements at the end of the spring semester are eligible. The recipient must be entering active duty upon graduation from USD or, if the student is granted an educational delay from the military, upon completion of continued professional school or graduate education.

Sam and Nel Doering Scholarship

This scholarship is for students enrolled at USD and taking courses through the ROTC program. Preference is given to students who have stated an intention to pursue a career in the armed services of the United States of America. Applicants' financial need is taken into account.

Rolf W. Ertresvaag Memorial Scholarship

Recipients must have satisfactorily completed Basic Course ROTC and must enroll in MS301 for the fall semester. Awarding of the scholarship is based on need and merit, with emphasis on need.

William and Mary Glassbrook Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a junior, preferably female, enrolled at USD who has been chosen for membership in the Mortar Board and who has been at least partly self-supporting.

Paul Halkovich Memorial Scholarship

A student enrolled in military science as a sophomore cadet and enrolled in MS 301 are eligible. Award of the scholarship is based on need and merit, with emphasis on need.

Mortar Board Scholarship

An annual scholarship is given to an elected member of the Mortar Board. To become a member, a student must have achieved second semester junior class standing, be involved in extra curricular activities and have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Major General Lloyd R. Moses Scholarship

Students who have satisfactorily completed Basic Course ROTC, either by classroom attendance, MSI, MSII or by satisfactory attendance at U.S. Army ROTC Basic Camp are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA or better for MS101, MS102, MS201 and MS202 or, in the case of US Army ROTC Basic Camp, a certificate of completion issued by the camp commander. Preference is given for need and merit, with emphasis on need.

John Dennison Quigley Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is given to a second-year student who has the highest grades in the first-year ROTC classes and is currently enrolled in the ROTC program.

Graduate

Students in graduate programs can use the same scholarships that are offered to the undergraduate courses. Graduate course must be at a minimum four semesters longer to receive a ROTC Scholarship.

Non-Scholarship

Non-Scholarship SMP (Simultaneous Membership Program)

  • Must be member of Army Reserve or Army National Guard
  • Can not receive benefits until Sophomore year
  • Must attend USAR/ARNG weekend drills
  • Will receive E5 drill pay for USAR/ARNG weekend drills
  • Students will receive a monthly stipend of $350/450/500 depending on academic year
  • Must attend basic training and AIT to earn GI Bill
  • Will receive 350/month ROTC Kicker once contracted
  • Cadets can compete for active duty

National Scholarship

The three and four-year high school scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. This is the only way to receive a four-year active duty scholarship. Contact the USD Department of Military Science for more information.


Freshman Scholarships

For freshman scholarships, see Financial Aid.

All programs, policies and procedures described are subject to change. All statements in this publication concerning requirements, dollar amounts, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice.