The United States Armed Forces offer tuition reimbursement
programs, academic courses, and Reserve Officer Training Corps
(ROTC) scholarships. The government also operates five
highly competitive academies that prepare students for military
or merchant marine careers.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The federal Montgomery
GI Bill provides monthly educational benefits to veterans,
reservists, and active duty personnel. Benefits are also
available under the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational
Assistance Program and the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans'
Educational Assistance Program. For information, call
1-888-442-4551 or contact the VA Regional Office, 31 Hopkins
Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Headquarters 70th Leadership Training
Many courses are offered
year-round for officer candidates and non-commissioned officers
at the Headquarters 70th Leadership Training Regiment at Camp
Fretterd in Reisterstown. For information, call
410-833-1500, or write to the Regiment at 13720 Omaha Beach
Circle, Reisterstown, MD 21136.
Air Force ROTC Scholarship Program
Full college tuition and
various laboratory, textbook, and incidental fees covered.
Also, a non-taxable $100 monthly allowance during the school
year. Minimum four-year active duty service obligation.
Student's choice of over 500 colleges and universities
throughout the country. Program open to high school
graduates who are age 17 to 25 and U.S. citizens.
Scholarships based on SAT or ACT scores, GPA, class standing,
interview, and physical aptitude test. Apply in junior
year of high school or no later than December 1 of senior year.
For information, call 1-800-522-2091 or write to HQ AFROTC
Recruiting Division, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6106.
Army ROTC Scholarship Program
Tuition, laboratory fees, and a standard amount for
purchase of textbooks, classroom supplies, and equipment.
Tax-free subsistence of up to $1,500 each school year of
scholarship support. Scholarship winners are obligated to
military service. This can be fulfilled by 1) serving 2 to
4 years followed by service in the Army National Guard or Army
Reserve or 2) by serving 8 years in the Army National Guard or
Army Reserve. Four-year scholarship recipients must attend
Army ROTC host institutions; two and three-year recipients may
attend any college offering Army ROTC. Applicants must be
high school graduates, age 17-21, and U.S. citizens.
Awards based on SAT or ACT and high school academic review,
interview, and physical aptitude exam. Apply during junior
year in high school. For information, write to the
Department of the Army, ROTC Scholarships, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651.
Naval ROTC Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship
fees, books, and fees provided, plus $150 monthly compensation.
Four-year active duty service obligation, plus four-year reserve
duty. Attend participating college of choice. High
school graduates must be U.S. citizens, at least age 17 when
enrolled, and not over 27 when graduated and commissioned.
Awards based on SAT or ACT, high school academic review
interview, physical aptitude exam, plus other processing
requirements. For information, call (703)696-4581 or write
to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command (CODE 314), 801 N.
Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203.