Scholarship Selection Criteria

All factors are important and are considered in the selection of scholarship winners. Selection of scholarship finalists is based on:

  • SAT or ACT scores. If both tests are taken, or taken more than once, please furnish all results; the best score(s) will be used.
  • High school academic standing. Class size and rank within the class are required. If the school does not rank students, they must provide at least an estimate of where the student would fall (e.g., "this student would fall within the top 20 %").
  • High school transcripts. A transcript of grades is required in reviewing the scholarship application. The applicant must complete the Personal Data Section on the Request for Transcript located in the application and give it to the Guidance Counselor to complete.  The Guidance Counselor will send a copy of student’s high school transcript along with the completed request for transcript.
  • Evidence of extracurricular activity participation, athletic activities, and leadership positions held. If the student has held part-time jobs during the school year and has not had time for extensive participation in sports or other activities, credit will be given based on the number of hours worked per week.
  • Personal interview(s). If selected as a scholarship finalist, the student must contact one of the schools listed in the notification letter (or any school of the student’s choice) to have the interview conducted. The notification letter requires that the student respond back to the Cadet Command Scholarship Branch identifying where he/she wishes to have their interview conducted. Any travel to and from the interview will be at the student’s own expense.

It is important to note that those who don’t “win” a scholarship are still eligible to compete for scholarships at individual programs and working with the Enrollment Officer.


When taking college entrance exams, students should list Army ROTC as a test score recipient. The Army ROTC code for SAT is 0454; the code for ACT is 1676. Students should also list those schools they are planning to apply for as recipients on their application. They may not be required to list their social security number (SSN) on the college entrance exams, however, it is recommended that they do so for proper scores posting.

Experience has shown that many applicants have been disqualified because they failed to allow sufficient time for processing test results. SAT and ACT test results require approximately four weeks to process; do not wait for test results to mail application forms!

By listing Army ROTC as a test score recipient, scores will automatically be furnished to Cadet Command. Test scores provided in this manner require no further verification. Also, test scores reflected on official transcripts require no further verification either. In order to accept scores provided from any other source, students must personally submit those scores to the Cadet Command address found in the application.

SAT and ACT writing tests are required; however they are used subjectively for the board at this time. No whole person score is associated with the writing tests. Students should contact their guidance counselor to determine test dates and registration dates and requirements. The Army cannot schedule or administer these tests, nor can we initiate a request for scores.