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In addition to world-class leadership, Army ROTC also offers generous scholarships to qualified students.

These scholarships are based solely on the student's merits not financial needs. They can defray the full cost of tuition and provide additional tax-free allowances for books and necessary fees. Additionally, those on Army ROTC Scholarship are eligible to receive a tax-free stipend of up to $500 per month or up to 10 months a year to defray living expenses. In those instances in which the cost of room and board exceeds tuition expenses, scholarship winners may elect to have the cost of their room and board paid in lieu of their tuition. ROTC scholarships at ETSU are worth up to approximately $85,000 for out-of-state students covering full tuition and fees, books, and a monthly stipend for each year of undergraduate or graduate study and are available to students majoring in any subject that leads to a Bachelor's degree. Since the fall of 2009, ETSU provides full room and board benefits to all out-of-state ROTC scholarship recipients. In-state ROTC scholarship recipients meeting certain criteria may also be eligible for full room and board benefits, or for a partial residence hall scholarship. In addition to 4-year scholarships for incoming freshmen, ROTC offers special scholarship opportunities for students in many other categories:

  • ETSU Freshmen and Sophomores
  • Transfer Students
  • Students currently in the National Guard or Army Reserve
  • Graduate Students
  • Nursing Students

Students still in high school may apply for a four-year scholarship. The eligibility requirements for these four-year scholarships appears below:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores
  • Meet the 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)

NOTE: The best time to start the application process is February of your junior year!

Apply today for the ROTC 4-year scholarship.

The ETSU Army ROTC department has a number of scholarship opportunities for both transfer students and students already on the ETSU campus. All scholarships pay 100% of tuition and fees as well as provide $600 per semester for books and $350 to $500 per month (depending on your year in school) tax-free subsistence allowance.

To be eligible for a 2 or 3 year scholarship you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be under 25 years old on June 30th of the year you expect to graduate from college and be commissioned
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Agree to accept a commission as an officer in the Active Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard
  • Meet physical fitness standards

The Leaders Training Course is held each summer in Fort Knox, KY. Students who have accrued more then 54 credit hours or have two years left of school are eligible for this course. East Tennessee State University does not charge students for the class but the course does count for a six credit hour course. Students learn:

  • Teamwork, small unit tactics
  • Basic Land Navigation
  • Basic Weapon training

Fun things that students do while at FT Knox:

  • Paintball
  • Rappelling
  • Rafting

The best part about the Leaders Training Course is that students are paid for the training. The pay is about $25 a day to have fun and receive free college credit. For more information, check out the official Leaders Training Course page.

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 as well as a two year non-scholarship option.

Green to Gold Scholarship Requirements
  • U.S. Citizen (non-waiverable).
  • -Age - Be under 31 years of age on 31 December of the year you complete all requirements for a commission and a college baccalaureate degree
  • Cannot have been convicted of a domestic violence crime
  • Have a minimum of 2 years active duty as well as 3 months of active duty for every one month of specialized training (waiverable)
  • GT score of 110 or greater
  • Pass the APFT within the last 6 months of application
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Cumulative high school or college GPA of 2.5.
  • Letter of acceptance to school of choice offering Army ROTC
  • Letter of acceptance from the PMS of that Army ROTC Battalion
  • Favorable National Agency Check (or have initiated the action)
  • DODMERB medical qualification
  • Be eligible to reenlist
  • Not be a conscientious objector
  • No more than 3 dependents including spouse (waiverable)
Green to Gold 3 to 4 Year Option

Winners receive:

  • Tuition or room and board support
  • Additional money for textbooks, supplies, and equipment
  • A monthly stipend for up to 10 months each school year that increases each year based on your Military Science Class
  • Pay for attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) between the junior and senior years of college
  • If qualified, Montgomery G.I. Bill / Army College Fund (MGIB/ACF) benefits./li>

Additional benefits as ROTC cadets include:

  • Leadership training
  • Responsibility and Practical Experience
  • Mentorship of the PMS/APMS
  • Camaraderie
Green to Gold 2 Year Active Duty Option

Soldiers selected to participate in this program will continue to receive their current pay and allowances while in the program (up to a maximum of 24 consecutive months).

If qualified, Montgomery G.I. Bill / Army College Fund (MGIB/ACF) benefits.

  • Normal PCS entitlements
  • Leadership training
  • Responsibility and practical experience
  • Mentorship of the PMS/APMS
  • Camaraderie
Green to Gold Non-Scholarship Option

The Green to Gold Two-Year Non-Scholarship Option Program is available to soldiers who have completed two years of college, and who can complete their college degree requirements in two years.

Winners Receive:

  • A monthly stipend of up to 10 months each school year that increases each year based on your Military Science Class
  • Pay for attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) between the junior and senior years of college
  • If qualified, Montgomery G.I. Bill / Army College Fund (MGIB/ACF) benefits. School / State / Reserve Forces Duty Benefits
  • Green to Gold Non-Scholarship Option members can also participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
    • As SMPs, soldiers are members of either a drilling Reserve or Guard unit and ROTC. SMPs are entitled to Reserve Component pay of E-5 under this program
  • Many states offer tuition assistance to Reserve and National Guard soldiers

You can also be an Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) with either National Guard or Army Reserve. This allows you to continue with your education (Bachelors or Masters degree) while participating in the ROTC program and earning your commission. On of the key benefits is that the Guard or Reserve member is non-deployable while serving as an SMP Cadet.

Other benefits may include:

  • Tuition assistance from the National Guard or Reserve
  • GI Bill with any applicable kickers
  • Cadet stipend of $350, $450 or $500
  • Pay as at least an E-5 during battle assemblies
  • Available health and dental insurance benefits

Eligibility and benefits for this program can vary by individual.


If nursing is your professional goal, there is no better place to begin your career than Army ROTC. Army ROTC offers you a unique opportunity to gain practical experience while you receive financial assistance for college. ROTC enhances your undergraduate nursing education by providing the unique leadership and management training. You will develop your professional skills while you learn some meaningful things about yourself and what you can accomplish.

The following general eligibility requirements are to receive an Army ROTC Nurse Scholarship:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED
  • Meet physical standards
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Receive at least a minimum SAT score of 920 (combined critical reasoning and math scores) or an ACT composite score of 19

Army Nursing Scholarship Reimbursables

  • Book Allowance Presently, the book allowance is at $1,200 per year. For nurse cadets the total book allowance is paid at the beginning of the Fall semester. This action allows the nurse cadet to purchase the high dollar cost reference books at the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • Nurse Malpractice Insurance Nurses are required to purchase student nurse liability (malpractice) insurance prior to beginning their clinical experience and hands-on patient care. All costs and fees associated with this yearly expense are reimbursable.
  • Immunization and testing prior to beginning clinical training All fees incurred to meet mandatory immunization and/or laboratory testing required before coming in contact with patients are reimbursable. This includes but not limited to PPD, Hepatitis A/V, Tetanus and HIV screening.
  • Allowance for nursing uniforms and clinical supplies A major financial expense at the beginning of your Junior year is the purchase of unique nursing uniforms and associated equipment. There is a one-time payment to cover the cost of the required number of school of nursing uniforms, lab coat, and shoes.
  • Accessories and equipment including, but not limited to stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, penlight, tape measure, bandage scissors, forceps, pocket/belt carrying pouch, clip board, and, if required, clinical bag for community health visits.
 East Tennessee State University offers many other great scholarship opportunities and Financial Aid for students. For more information, visit ETSU's main scholarship and Financial Aid page.
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