The Ohio Army National Guard is an organized militia, a military service comprised of more than 11,000 Soldiers who train in more than 50 facilities across the state. Unlike other branches of military service the National Guard is comprised of Citizen-Soldiers, men and women who lead civilian lives until they are called to serve by their nation, state or community. When they are not needed, Citizen-Soldiers live their ordinary lives working or attending college while putting on their uniforms once a month and two weeks a year to train for when they are called to serve.
The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (ONGSP) is a state-funded scholarship program for individuals who enlist, extend or reenlist into the Ohio National Guard. This educational program is only offered by the Ohio national Guard. No other branch of service offers this program. This program exists by Ohio Revised Code 5919.34 and is not subject to changing federal budgets. The ONGSP can pay up to 100% of the total instruction and general fee charges of STATE-assisted colleges and universities in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Benefits for approved private or proprietary degree-granting institutions of higher education are limited to the average tuition and general fee charges of the state-assisted colleges and universities for 12 credit hours. Participants must not have previously received a baccalaureate degree. Each participant with a six-year enlistment is eligible for a lifetime maximum of 12 full-time quarters or 8 full-time semesters. Members who are Prior Service participants with a at least 3 years of prior service and with a 3-year enlistment with the Ohio National Guard or members who are Non-Prior Service participants with a 3-year enlistment with the ONG are eligible. Participants MUST remain enrolled for a minimum of three credit hours per term in a degree-granting program. Members are eligible for benefits upon enlistment. Eligible members must apply for the scholarship before each term or semester using the Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program website before the following deadlines: Spring Quarter - February 1 Summer Term - April 1 Fall Term - July 1 Winter Quarter/Spring Semester - November 1