As a freshman or sophomore already on campus at Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, Holy Cross, Bethel, IUSB, or Valparaiso, joining ROTC is always an option. There are often campus-based scholarships available on a competitive basis. Do not be discouraged if you are not initially awarded a national scholarship. There are often campus-based scholarships available on a competitive basis and awarded to the most well deserving cadets. Freshmen and sophomore cadets are nominated by the Professor of Military Science based on the following criteria:
- GPA – The minimum GPA to apply for a scholarship is a 2.5. However, a 3.0 or greater GPA demonstrates commitment and seriousness to the program and the academic rigors of college life. Your GPA is the most important factor in determining your status for scholarships within ROTC.
- ACT/SAT scores: Although already enrolled in college, your ACT/SAT scores play a significant factor in determining if you will be awarded a campus based scholarship.
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors have an advantage. All majors are welcome and encouraged to compete, however, STEM majors are in high demand.
- Physical Fitness – The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) consists of two minutes of pushups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a two-mile run. The APFT is the basis for a physical fitness comparison in ROTC.
- Aptitude for leadership and military service – Do you have the desire to lead and to be a part of a team in the classroom, during lab, throughout every training exercise, in the community, and with your peers? These are all scholarship awarding considerations. The Fighting Irish cadre assess and review each cadet before, during, and after the scholarship process.
- Extracurricular activities/athletics: Sports and leadership positions during your college career demonstrate the scholar, athlete, leader model of an Army officer and weigh into the scholarship board process.
- Availability – On campus scholarship money is allocated every year and the number of scholarships varies from year to year. Apply early and stay in contact. Let us know if you are interested.
The high price of tuition doesn't have to stand in the way of a great education. A great way to combine the benefits of Notre Dame Army ROTC and being enlisted in the National Guard / Army Reserve is the Simultaneous Membership Program (Power Point, 3MB). This is a program that allows Army National Guard and Army Reserve enlisted members to participate in the Army ROTC Program while completing college. Upon graduation, SMP cadets are commissioned as Army 2nd Lieutenants and can serve on Active Duty, in the Army National Guard, or the Army Reserves in a state of their choosing. For Indiana residents, the financial benefits of being an Army National Guard SMP cadet are incredible.