High School Students

Four Year Scholarships

The high school Four-Year Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Contact your high school academic advisor or Campus Military Science department for more information. The information below lists minimum eligibility criteria, and the links below show you how to apply, and the websites to visit to apply.

These National Scholarship boards are extremely competive. There are usually three boards held each year (usually Jan, Feb, and March). The selection rate for these limited scholarships are small, sometimes around 30%. There are approximately 3,000 scholarships to award - 1,000 of these are 4-year scholarships, and 2,000 of these are 3AD scholarships. The 4-yr scholarships pay for 4 years of college (tuition + most fees, book stipend, monthly stipend). The 3AD scholarship pays for only 3 years of college. The first year is on the student, and is the “validation” year. The two critical steps to validate a 3AD scholarship are 1) a student-cadet must achieve a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the 1st year, and 2) pass the Army physical fitness test (APFT). After a student-cadet is awarded a scholarship (of any type) he/she must maintain a 2.0 GPA and pass the APFT to keep the scholarship. (Refer to the contract for additional details.)

There are sometimes a handful of campus-based scholarships available that the ROTC department can award. These may be 4yr or 3AD as well. These are similarly competive.

Note that award preference often goes to students who are in-state. This is because an in-state student costs the Army 1/3 what an out-of-state student does. In the national scholarship boards, winners will be told to which college(s) they may apply their scholarship. Often, this will be to an “in-state’ college. If a winner wants to apply their scholarship to a different school, they must 1) respond to Cadet Command that they DO accept the scholarship, 2) inform Cadet Command that they desire to use the scholarship at a different school, and 3) provide Cadet Command a copy of the acceptance letter from the desired school. Cadet Command will analyze the cost of the switch, and will respond to the student. It all depends on the budget situation each year, and the cost of the switch.

Purdue does not offer any complementary packages/incentives for ROTC cadets (such as in-state tuition rates, room&board packages).

For Indiana residents going to an Indiana state school, there is actually a better way to pay for college. This is through the Indiana Army National Guard. If you are interested in this, click on the link on the right menu bar titled, “SMP Program”.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score minimum of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component - (U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard)
  • The most competitive candidates for an Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship will have at least a SAT score of 1100 or an ACT score of 24.

Scholarship Process: 4 steps

Apply for a 4 year scholarship