Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)
The GRFD Scholarship is designed for people who have prior military service and would like to commission into either the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. These scholarships allow MOS qualified veterans to draw GI Bill benefits while simultaneously receiving scholarship benefits. These scholarships are awarded to the most outstanding applicants. In keeping with high standards of excellence, candidates are selected for scholarships based on an evaluation of their scholastic achievement and extra-curricular accomplishments, not on the basis of financial need.
As a winner of a Two-year Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship, you're required to enroll in an ROTC class. You are also required to enlist in the Army National Guard or the United States Army Reserve if not already a member. Upon graduation, you must accept a commission, serve on active duty for a three- to six-month Officer Basic Course, and serve six years in the Army Reserve or National Guard on a part-time basis.
$1,200 annual book allowance
ROTC monthly stipend of $350-$500 a month
Montgomery GI Bill (amount varies depending on your previous military service status)
SMP Kicker $350 a month
How Winners are Chosen?
Selection of winners is based on academic record, school officials' evaluations, extracurricular involvement, leadership and athletics. There is a personal interview and a physical aptitude exam. Preference is given to students pursuing degrees in engineering, the physical sciences, and nursing.
Be enrolled in college and have completed at least 30 credit hours.
Have completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training.
Be under 30 years of age by graduation. Waivers can be granted if you are under 39 years of age by graduation.
You pursue an Army-approved academic major.
You meet required physical standards.
Your ROTC Commitment
As a winner of a 2 or 3 year-scholarship, you're required to take an ROTC class, which demands a few hours of your time each week. Upon graduation, you have an obligation to accept a commission and serve in either the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve.
When to Apply
Applications are accepted anytime. Competition for scholarships is fairly rigorous so it is to your advantage to apply early.
How to Receive an Application
To receive your Reserve Forces Duty scholarship application contact the Enrollment and Scholarship Officer:
Enrollment and Scholarship Officer
Office: (205) 934-8749
Cell: (205) 767-3080
103 Hill University Center
1400 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35294
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294