National Guard Scholarships
The Army National Guard provides financial assistance to students who wish to attend college and enlist in the Guard with two major scholarships: the Dedicated Army National Guard scholarship (DEDNG) and the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty contract (GRFD).
GRFD and DEDNG scholarships are for full-time students. These scholarships pay full tuition and mandatory fees, or can pay room and board (not to exceed $10,000 per year). In addition, cadets will be paid a monthly stipend. Following graduation, cadets begin a new Military Service Obligation (MSO) contract and serve eight years in the Guard, which includes training.
DEDNG scholarships cover the full tuition for three years. Recipients also receive up to $1,200 for books and are paid a monthly allowance in the following amounts: $350 during sophomore year, $400 during junior year and $500 during senior year. Grad students can also apply if they have only two years remaining until they graduate.
In addition to a monthly allowance, you can also receive the drill pay of a sergeant, approximately $225 per month, when you participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
The GRFD scholarship is similar to the DEDNG scholarship, but is mainly for students entering their junior year of college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They also must join the SMP of a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). GRFD recipients are funded each year at full tuition and receive $1,200 for books. They are given an ROTC allowance for 10 months of the year at $400 per month during their junior year and $500 per month during their senior year. As a member of the Guard, they will also receive drill pay.
In order to qualify for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
- Have a minimum score of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT
- Complete the ROTC Basic Course requirements or Basic Training
- Be medically and morally qualified
GRFD and DEDNG questions should be directed to:
216 Pasquerilla Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556