Scholarship Process


This is a supplemental guide for incoming freshmen or transfer students seeking an Army ROTC scholarship at Auburn University.  Please email or call us if this does not answer all of your questions.  You can reach us at (334) 844-5641/ 4305,


a.  Scholarship allocations vary by year and type of scholarship.

b.  The scholarship process typically includes three rounds of evaluation.  To make yourself the most competitive, complete your application for both the University and the Army ROTC scholarship as soon as possible.

c.  We award scholarships based on an internally created order of merit list (OML).  The OML gives us a tool to evaluate scholarship candidates by ranking individuals based on the following: SAL criteria or Whole Person Score (WPS), interview, and Scholarship Board.

SAL Criteria or Whole Person Score (WPS) is determined by Cadet Command based on the information you provide during your application process.  Interviews can be conducted at Auburn or telephonically.  We recommend that you interview in person (if possible) at Auburn if it is one of your top choices of schools to attend. Lastly, the Scholarship Board reviews all of your credentials (packet) and you are awarded an overall score from the board.  The total of the three aforementioned categories determines your total score.  You are then rank ordered against all of the other candidates who have applied (typically 200 high school applicants/year).  The top candidates will be offered scholarships.  Be advised, we usually have additional scholarships available after the school year starts.

  1. WHAT MAKES YOU COMPETITIVE FOR AN ARMY ROTC SCHOLARSHIP?We are looking for motivated, well-rounded individuals to become the future warrior-leaders of the United States Army.  We target the “Scholar – Athlete – Leader” (SAL).

Here a few tips to make yourself more competitive for an AROTC scholarship to Auburn University:

–  Select Auburn 1st or 2nd when applying online @
–  Enhance your SAL criteria
–  Be accepted to Auburn (or at a minimum have applied)
–  Be physically qualified  (DODMERB Medical Physical)
–  Pass an Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
–  Be a SAL (the more credentials, the better).


High school seniors – If you are a high school senior, your first step is to apply (and be accepted) to Auburn University: .

If you are interested in an Army ROTC 4-year scholarship you can apply online:

The application requires you to provide follow-up documentation and complete a physical (at no cost to you) at a later date.  The deadline for Army ROTC scholarships for each school year (SY) is December 1st of the year prior to entry; i.e. – If you want a scholarship for fall, you must have your application in by December 1st.  You can start applying online in mid-July (or soon-thereafter).  The earlier you complete the application process, the better.

High school juniors – If you are a high school junior inquiring about our program, please check out our website for additional information and apply for an Army ROTC scholarship in the summer between your junior and senior year, no later than December 1st of your senior year in high school.  To make yourself more competitive and increase your chances of receiving a scholarship, enhance your SAL resume as much as possible before you apply for the scholarship (i.e. join athletic and academic clubs, student government, and study hard to get a great GPA!!)

  1. SCHOLARSHIP TIMELINE (Incoming Freshmen Only):

15 OCT – Offer 1st round scholarship(s)
10 FEB – Offer 2nd round scholarship(s)
15 APR – Offer 3rd round scholarship(s)
*Dates are subject to change.


If you are transferring from another college, again your first step is to get accepted to Auburn University, then join our program in order to be eligible for a scholarship.  We offer 4, 3, and 2-year scholarships, targeting the SAL criteria.  Again, you must enroll in our program to be eligible for the scholarship – we do not award scholarships before the SY starts.  We also have other programs that can assist you financially, such as our Simultaneous Member Program (SMP), which can pay up to $1,400.00 a month in your junior & senior years as well as Federal Tuition Assistance.  Call or email us for more information on the SMP program.  Please contact us well in advance if you are planning on transferring to AU.

Last modified: April 12, 2018