Two-year Reserve Forces Duty Scholarships are awarded to the most outstanding applicants. If you are a student or a Reservist who has successfully completed two years of college, you may be eligible for a two-year Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship. In addition to the awarded scholarship, each winner receives a flat rate of $900 annually for books, supplies and equipment, as well as a tax free stipend. If you receive a scholarship and you are an out-of-state student, your out of state tuition will be covered. There are three types of Reserve Forces Duty Scholarships. In all of these, after commissioning, the officer is required to attend an Officer Basic Course in an Active Duty Status.
1. Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty - US Army Reserve
Applicants should be members of the U.S. Army Reserve. Individuals desiring a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarship who do not belong to an US Army Reserve unit must have a letter of acceptance from a US Army Reserve troop unit stating that they will accept the individual in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) . At the University of Idaho we help you find a unit to meet this requirement.
2. Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty - Army National Guard
Applicants should be members of the US Army National Guard. Individuals desiring a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarship who do not belong to the U.S. Army National Guard must have a letter of acceptance from a U.S. Army National Guard unit stating that they will accept the individual in a SMP status. At the University of Idaho we help you find a unit to meet this requirement.
3. Dedicated Army National Guard
Applicants should be members of the U.S. Army National Guard. The applicant must serve 8 years in the Army National Guard except for the period(s) of active duty required to be branch qualified or mobilization. This scholarship can be either a two or four year scholarship.
In order to be eligible for any of the above scholarships you must be:
- 17 years of age before the scholarship is effective
- medically qualified for enrollment in the ROTC scholarship program
- a participant in leadership, extra curricular and athletic activities
- under 25 on June 30 of the year you expect to graduate from college (qualifying veterans may be granted an age extension of up to seven years)
- enrolled in or accepted for enrollment as a full-time academic junior in a major course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree
- willing to pursue an Army approved academic major
As a winner of a two-year Reserve Forces Duty scholarship, you're required to take ROTC classes and join the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Upon graduation, you have an obligation to accept a commission, serve on active duty for a 3 to 6 month duration in order to complete Officer Basic Course training, and serve in the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve for a period of eight years.
When to Apply
Applications are available December through February. Your application must be completed and received by Headquarters, Cadet Command by 15 March. Winners are notified during the month of June.
Where to Get an Application
You may get an application from the UI Army ROTC department by writing us at:
Department of Military Science
University of Idaho
PO Box 442424
Moscow, ID 83844-2424
Or call 1-888-884-3246 ext. 0 and ask for the Army ROTC.