Guard/Reserve Scholarships

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarships are 2-4 year Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) scholarships for individuals who desire to commission into the Reserve Forces (Army Reserve or Army National Guard) upon completing the Army ROTC program and their degree requirements. Applicants must already be members of the Army Reserve or Army National Guard or be willing to join as a Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Cadet. Individuals selected for a GRFD Scholarship must serve their eight-year military service obligation in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves in an active drilling capacity (one weekend a month and a two-week annual training period each year). 

This program consists of 3 types of GRFD Scholarships: Dedicated Army National Guard (DEDNG) or Dedicated US Army Reserves Scholarship (DEDUSAR), Guaranteed Reserve Forces Scholarship (Army National Guard or US Army Reserves) and the Minuteman Scholarship (Army National Guard or US Army Reserves)

Minimum Scholarships Requirements:

•United States Citizenship

•Full time UCA student

•Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

•Must be able to pass an Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)

•Pass a DoD Medical Determination

•30 years of age on 31 December of the year you graduate from college

•Good moral character with no civil convictions

These scholarships provide the following benefits:

•Full tuition and fees payment or $10,000 for room and board

•$1,200/yr book allowance

•Monthly stipend: $420.00

For details on how to maximize scholarship benefits, contact the Recruiting Operations Officer or call 501-852-2384.


Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Are you a member of the National Guard or the Army Reserve and want to serve as a commissioned officer?  If so, the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) is designed for actively drilling reservists or guardsman.

Many college students and professionals are soldiers in the Army Reserve or National Guard. In uniform, they contribute to our national security. In their civilian careers, they contribute the skills they have learned and strengthened to reinforce their success.

Participants earn pay for monthly drill, and cannot be federally mobilized until completion of their ROTC training and college degree.

Those who successfully complete the Army ROTC program can request to become Officers in the Army Reserve or National Guard. This allows them to pursue a career in the private sector of the economy – while simultaneously serving as an Officer in the defense of our nation.

SMP Scholarship Opportunities

Eligible students, who wish to serve their military obligation in the National Guard or Army Reserve, may compete for a 2-year, 3-year or 4-years scholarship opportunity. These scholarships can help pay for either full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board, and include an annual book stipend of $1,200, a promotion to E-5, and a monthly ROTC stipend of $420.00.

SMP Non-Scholarship Opportunities

Eligible students, who do not wish to obligate their military career to a Reserve component, may compete to serve Active Duty upon commissioning.  This opportunity will include a promotion to E-5 and a monthly ROTC stipend of $420.00. You may also be eligible for any benefits earned; Montgomery GI Bill, GI Bill Kicker, or Post 9-11 GI Bill Benefits. Find out complete details by contacting your local recruiter or by contacting UCA Army ROTC’s Recruiting Operations Officer.