Minuteman Guaranteed Reserve Forces Scholarship - 4- and 3- year

mjacmoses

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I serve as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) and one of the coolest parts of the volunteer role is that I get to an allotment of Minuteman scholarships. These scholarships are similar to the 4- and 3-year national scholarships except they require a commission in the Guard or Reserves. Awardees join an ROTC unit, serve in a Guard or Reserve unit, receive E-5 pay for drills, stay in non-deployable status during college (as a simultaneous membership cadet) then commission into the Guard or Reserves. Many schools supplement the Minuteman scholarship with room & board. Awardees also become independent students for financial aid purposes. Reserve and National Guard recruiters know about the scholarships and you can also just google to find the CASA in your state for more info. Many of these scholarships go unawarded and the minimum requirements are quite low. I had to hustle to find someone to award mine to this year.
 

Osprey

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I serve as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) and one of the coolest parts of the volunteer role is that I get to an allotment of Minuteman scholarships. These scholarships are similar to the 4- and 3-year national scholarships except they require a commission in the Guard or Reserves. Awardees join an ROTC unit, serve in a Guard or Reserve unit, receive E-5 pay for drills, stay in non-deployable status during college (as a simultaneous membership cadet) then commission into the Guard or Reserves. Many schools supplement the Minuteman scholarship with room & board. Awardees also become independent students for financial aid purposes. Reserve and National Guard recruiters know about the scholarships and you can also just google to find the CASA in your state for more info. Many of these scholarships go unawarded and the minimum requirements are quite low. I had to hustle to find someone to award mine to this year.
If competing for the national ROTC scholarship is there time, for those applicants who don’t receive a scholarship after the 3rd board, to apply for the minuteman? Or does one have to choose which path they want to pursue earlier?
 

mjacmoses

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@Osprey The Minuteman for 2020-2021 isn't available until after the first of the year. It would be a great option for someone that either doesn't receive the national scholarship or who wants to ensure Reserve or Guard duty post-graduation. I'm at the end of the year for 2019-2020 and there are some of us that still have scholarships available.
 

Fotouman

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If you get the national ROTC scholarship, can you still go reserve duty or national guard after graduation? Also, is it possible to have both the national scholarship for tuition and the minuteman scholarship for room and board?
 

Aristobolus

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I serve as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) and one of the coolest parts of the volunteer role is that I get to an allotment of Minuteman scholarships. These scholarships are similar to the 4- and 3-year national scholarships except they require a commission in the Guard or Reserves. Awardees join an ROTC unit, serve in a Guard or Reserve unit, receive E-5 pay for drills, stay in non-deployable status during college (as a simultaneous membership cadet) then commission into the Guard or Reserves. Many schools supplement the Minuteman scholarship with room & board. Awardees also become independent students for financial aid purposes. Reserve and National Guard recruiters know about the scholarships and you can also just google to find the CASA in your state for more info. Many of these scholarships go unawarded and the minimum requirements are quite low. I had to hustle to find someone to award mine to this year.
If my son is a high school senior now, and qualifies for an Minuteman Scholarship, could he do his BT next summer and his AIT the following summer (in between his freshman and sophomore years)? He is going to be a nurse, and the medic AIT is four months I believe.
 

Wallypip

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I met with a recruiter yesterday that told me that the Minuteman scholarship is even more competitive than the national ROTC scholarships. Said there is only 50 Minuteman's available. Suggested the simultaneous membership program scholarship option instead.
 

mjacmoses

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For Minuteman, you don't have to do BT or AIT. Each Civilian Aide has 4 scholarships available per year, the Adjutant General has some in each state and the U.S. Army Reserves has an allotment. This year, I had to give two of my scholarships to another state due to low applicant volume. Our allotment resets every January. Simultaneous membership is required for the Minuteman Scholarship as well as Reserve or NG service post graduation.
 
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If my son is a high school senior now, and qualifies for an Minuteman Scholarship, could he do his BT next summer and his AIT the following summer (in between his freshman and sophomore years)? He is going to be a nurse, and the medic AIT is four months I believe.
GRFD doesnt require basic/AIT. 4 year winners contract immediately so don’t need basic. Going screws up college timelines. Talk to the ROO at the school you are interested in for more infi.
 

Aristobolus

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GRFD doesnt require basic/AIT. 4 year winners contract immediately so don’t need basic. Going screws up college timelines. Talk to the ROO at the school you are interested in for more infi.
Thanks. Can't glean what you said definitively from websites. They are more geared toward additional benefits for those who have completed BT and AIT.
 
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