The Division Commander’s Hip-Pocket Scholarship

The Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship is specialized ROTC scholarship option. It is an opportunity for select enlisted Soldiers to complete their first baccalaureate or advanced degree, and pursue a commission as an Army Officer through ROTC.

SGT Patrick Fall (left) finalizes his Division Hip Pocket Scholarship with the signing of his U.S Army ROTC contract to attend St. John's Fisher as part of R.I.T Army ROTC. Assisting him is CPT Ryan Hunt, Green to Gold Recruiting Operations Officer for Second (ROTC) Brigade (right).

The distinguishing feature of the Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship option, is that selectees are determined by the Commanding General (CG) at each duty station. The competition pool is smaller than it is for those applying for a national ROTC scholarship, but selection is at the discretion of the CG.

The Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship is either a 2-, 3-, or 4-year scholarship option. You must separate from active duty in order to accept the scholarship award. The scholarship pays full tuition at any of the 1,100 schools affiliated with an Army ROTC program.

The benefits of a Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship are:

  • Earn a baccalaureate or advanced degree, and receive a commission as an Army Officer.
  • Earn a 2-, 3-, or 4-year scholarship with full tuition, $1,200 allowance for books and supplies, and a $500 monthly stipend.
  • If qualified, access to Montgomery G.I. Bill/Army College Fund (MGIB/ACF) benefits, or Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits.

The selection board for the Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship takes place only during the April board [more about board deadlines].

The Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship is less competitve than competing for a national ROTC scholarship, because there is usually a smaller pool of applicants. You are only competing against other enlisted Soldiers at your own duty station for the CG’s selection. But this is not an automatic ooost to your packet. The CG can use discretion in selecting candidates, and may choose not to use any of the five scholarship allotments. You still must be competitive and worthy of an ROTC scholarship in order to receive the Divistion Hip-Pocket Scholarship.

Your best bet at being competitive for the Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship is to have a strong recomendation from your chain of command. It is unlikely that your CG knows you very well, and your chain of command’s endorsement will play a large role in the CG’s decision (getting your chain of command’s support is one of our most important first steps).

In order to apply for the Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements (this is a long list; be sure to read all requirements and exceptions in parentheses):

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must not have reached 31 years of age on 31 December of the projected year of commissioning (non-waiverable).
  • Have completed a minimum of 2 years of service (waiverable).
  • Have completed any Service Remaining Requirements (SRR) due to any functional courses (waiverable).
  • 110 General Technical (GT) Score [more about GT score requirement]
  • Must have passed APFT within the last 6 months. No alternate events are authorized. Temporary profiles make you ineligible.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale) on all previous coursework.
  • Must be able to complete degree coursework in 2, 3, or 4 academic years.
  • Must already be accepted by an academic institution as either a freshman, sophmore, junior, or graduate student.
  • Must obtain a letter of acceptance from the Professor of Military Science (PMS) providing acceptance into the Army ROTC program.
  • Have a favorable or have initiated a National Agency Check Local and Credit (NACLC).
  • No more than three dependents. Not a single parent with custody. Not married to another service member with one or more dependents (waiverable).
  • Cannot have a misdemeanor record of a domestic violence conviction IAW Lautenburg Amendment Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • Cannot have had an adverse juvenile adjudication, or have been arrested, indicted or convicted by a civil court or military law for other than minor traffic violations of $250 or less (waiverable).
  • Medically qualified for participation in the ROTC program as determined by DODMERB, the agency responsible for reviewing physicals (Must be medically qualified before any scholarship is awarded).

Remember to apply to school and get your DODMERB physical as early as possible. Getting these steps done early will give you the time you need to make yourself more competitive before the CG’s selection board. Most of all, do not forget to get your chain of command’s strong support when applying for this scholarship. They will be your strongest advocate in the selection process.

If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity to win an ROTC scholarship, and you are qualified, contact us and let us know that you are interested. If you are on Fort Drum we can get you into the competition for the CG’s Hip Pocket Scholarhip. If you are not on Fort Drum, we will give you our best advice and try to put you in touch with your CG’s POC for this scholarship.

For more information about the Division Hip-Pocket Scholarship, you can refer to the most recent guidance by downloading the Memorandum of Instruction. [Download: hip_pocket_moi (.pdf)].

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