Scholarships | Coppin State University



At Coppin State University, the award of an Army ROTC scholarship could be the means to 100% payment of all university education costs. The ROTC scholarship pays for tuition, required educational fees, and provides a specified amount for books, supplies, and equipment. Each scholarship also includes a monthly stipend of $300 to $500 depending on your academic classification. The stipend rate is $300/month for freshmen, $350/month for sophomores, $450/month for juniors and $500/month for seniors.

Coppin will provide room and board for scholarship winners that are in the Honors Program. Four year scholarship winners are automatically nominated for the Honors Program. Acceptance into the Honors Program results in the award of an additional scholarship that covers room and board.

Special consideration for an Army scholarship is given to students pursuing degrees in nursing, engineering, physical sciences, and other technical skills currently in demand by the Army. Students who receive a scholarship will be required to attain an undergraduate degree in the field in which the scholarship is awarded.

Four-year scholarships will be awarded to students entering as college freshmen. Three and 1/2, three, two and 1/2, two, and one and 1/2-year scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in college and army enlisted personnel on active duty. Additional two-year scholarships are available to students who attend the Basic Camp two-year program. These scholarships are awarded based upon outstanding performance.

Four-Year Scholarship

  • U.S. citizen.
  • 17 years old before the scholarship is effective
  • Must have a minimum 920 SAT or composite 19 ACT score no later then November of the year you apply
  • High school graduate or equivalent credit, GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Show a pattern of leadership and participate in extracurricular activities (Students with part-time jobs will be given substitute credit)
  • Under 27 years of age on June 30 of the year you expect to graduate and receive your officers commission (An age extension of up to four years may be granted to veterans who qualify)
  • Agree to accept a commission as either an Active Army, Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve Officer.
  • Meet required physical/medical standards.

Three-Year Scholarship

  • U.S. citizen
  • Cumulative of 2.5 or higher
  • SAT/ACT of 920/19 or higher
  • Must pass the APFT
  • All other requirements as listed above for the Four-Year Scholarship Requirements

Two-Year Scholarship

  • U.S. citizen
  • Cumulative of 2.5 or higher
  • Must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
  • Must have 55 or more earned credit hours and be able to graduate in two to three years
  • All other requirements as listed above for the Four-Year Scholarship Requirements

Other Scholarships

Each academic year Army ROTC offers 2 year graduate (see 2 year scholarship requirements) and Reserve Forces scholarships. Various organizations and other military related activities make scholarship funds available to students enrolled in Army ROTC. These organizations making these awards are USAA, AUSA, VFW, etc.VA Mortgage offers five bi-yearly $1,500 scholarships in conjunction with our Military Education Scholarship Program.

Eligible Applicants Include:

  • Current and prospective ROTC program students
  • Active-duty military personnel with plans to attend college
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans of the US military
  • Sons and daughters of Veterans or Active-duty military


All Cadets in the Advanced Course (Juniors and Seniors) receive a monthly stipend of $450 and $500 respectively for each of these two years (this is not in addition to the stipend provided to scholarship winners), as well as $780 for attending the 32 day LDAC (Leadership Development and Assessment Course). Students attending the Basic Camp of the two-year program are also paid $780 while attending camp.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

This program provides an opportunity for students who belong to a Reserve or National Guard Unit, as enlisted soldiers to also be members of the Army ROTC Program. MS I and II Cadets are eligible to join a guard or reserve unit; however, only non-scholarship MS IIIs or IVs can hold a SMP slot.

A student accepted for the SMP and the Army ROTC Advanced Course retains affiliation with the Reserve or Guard Unit as an officer trainee and is paid for drills and assemblies plus up to $15,000 a year in monthly stipends of $1,250 each. SMP members are also eligible for certain veterans educational benefits.

Veterans Benefits

Veterans may be eligible to compete for ROTC scholarships, and may also receive any VA benefits to which they would be normally entitled. In addition, veterans who return to active duty as officers may count their prior active duty enlisted time toward longevity pay and retirement.