College Students

Scholarships are available for college students. The students pictured here are receiving Full Tuition or Room & Board for their ROTC scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunities for College Students

The UC Davis ROTC program does not only offer hand-on leadership experience, but a way for college students to pay for their education with an Army ROTC scholarship.
The ROTC Program at UC Davis encourages our Cadets to not only excel in their academics and ROTC courses, but to be active participants in other clubs and organizations across campus. We embrace the holistic and total leader concept at the Forged Gold Battalion to further develop our Cadets into well rounded leaders in the UC Davis Community and US Army.
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program at University of California Davis is structured to train College Students in 2-4 years, to become the future leaders of the Army, Army Reserves, or National Guard upon completion of your Bachelor's Degree. We do this through various classroom and hands-on leadership courses in the Military Science Department.
In addition to the leadership training, we offer 2 to 3 year scholarships to eligible and competitive College Students. Scholarships are limited and competitive, but include the following: 
  • Full Tuition & Fees OR up to $10,000 for Room & Board
  • $1200 Book Stipend per academic year
  • $420 Stipend per month
If you are a UC Davis Student with ONLY two academic years remaining at UC Davis, you must attend the U.S. Army's 30-Day Reserve Officer Training Course Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky the summer prior to the start of your Junior Year. Basic Camp is a four-week introduction to Army life and leadership training of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.  The aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the ROTC Program. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at UC Davis as a third-year student in the four-year program. If this situation applies to you, check out our video from one of our very own for a Cadet perspective of Basic Camp.
For students with three or more academic years remaining at UC Davis, your attendance at Basic Camp is not required. Contact us to find out how you can join the Army ROTC Program at UC Davis as a Regular or Compression Cadet.
As a Cadet in our program you are sure to experience the thrill of adventure, challenging opportunities, and grow lifelong friendships with other Cadets while pursuing your Bachelor's degree here at UC Davis.
As a college student at UC Davis, the courses that are required for the program are counted as General Electives. Your participation in the program is non-contractual until you are offered and accept an ROTC Scholarship. Basic ROTC Courses (MSI & MSII) are open to all college students. We encourage you to enroll in any of our courses to see if this is a right fit for you.


In order to apply for a scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Cumulative College GPA of 2.5+
  • Pass Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
  • Pass Medical Screening
  • US Citizen
  • Under the age of 31 by the time of commission (for scholarship)
  • Must complete Basic Camp the prior to summer prior to Junior Year* (not required if you have more than 2 academic years remaining)

*Contact us immediately to secure a Basic Camp slot! Contact us for more information!

Interested in what life is like as a UC Davis college student and ROTC Cadet? Check out our video on the one year perspective of a Freshman (MSI) Cadet and 3.5 year National Scholarship Winner.