State Service Scholarship

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State Service Scholarship Program

Recognized by the Georgia General Assembly as an institution that produces outstanding young men and women who desire to serve our state and nation with honor and distinction, the State Service Scholarship program provides qualified Georgia Residents with a full scholarship to attend Georgia Military College as Cadets on the Corps of Cadets while serving part-time in the Georgia National Guard. The recipients of this extraordinary scholarship are selected for not only their academic abilities, but also their potential as future leaders in the Georgia National Guard. This program provides for up to 42 new full scholarship awards annually, based on state funding allocations. We accept new applications for any new term. (Except Summer Term)

Students considering this program should fully understand their obligation to enlist and serve in either the Georgia Air or Army National Guard which requires successful completion of Army Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) or Air Force Basic Military Training and Air Force Technical School to learn a selected job skill. After which they are required to serve a minimum of one weekend per month and a 15-day training period during the year ,typically as a member of a military unit while they attend GMC as a full-time cadet, living on the Milledgeville campus and participating in the Corps of Cadets program.


100% of students qualified for a full scholarship; over $2M was granted in scholarships in 2021.

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The GMC State Service Scholarship program provides rigorous academic courses that are heavily STEM-focused to best prepare students for a service academy. The courses scholars must complete have been personalized and approved by each academy.

The GMC schedule of classes closely mimics the schedule at a service academy. Upon arrival, students will undergo a two-week mathematics assessment that will place them in the mathematics course that will best meet their current knowledge level while still providing a challenge. We have three academic terms every year, some of the typical courses for our State Service Scholarship Program Cadets include Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, English Composition, World Literature, Computer Information Science, Critical Thinking, and Leadership.


Program Benefits

  • A $47,000 scholarship for a college education for two years of attendance at GMC
  • Military Drill Pay
  • Training that can possibly translate into civilian job skills
  • The honor of serving your community, state, and nation as a member of the Georgia National Guard

***NOTE: This is not a commissioning scholarship, but most cadets have the option to compete for an ROTC Scholarship at their follow on college or earn their commission here while attending GMC through the Early Commissioning Program (ECP).***


Leadership Development

Character Development: We live by the code of Duty, Honor, Country.

This code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral standard and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and to make the right decisions all the time. “Character Above All” is our motto! Leadership Lecture Series: The Corps of Cadets participates in a monthly leadership lecture series with Military and community leaders that have a distinguished performance in their fields. The speakers share best practices, lessons learned and their personal stories and what enabled them to be successful.


Extracurricular Activities

Our Junior College Athletics is second to none, with teams competing in football, softball, soccer, golf, cross country, and rifle.

Our Students Clubs/Organizations and intramural Sports are fantastic: Anime Club-Meets to discuss and promote anime and broaden Japanese cultural understanding; Art Club-All students are invited to join with or without an artistic flair; Collegiate Ministry-student led, with a campus minister, this group seeks to provide opportunities for spiritual growth; Biology Club-biological experiences outside for those normally found in classroom and laboratory; Cadet Glee – open to any member of the GMC Corps of Cadet. The Cadet Glee Club performs publicly each quarter; Chess Club- open to all students who want to learn the game or for the advance chess players participate in competitions; Chorus Club- for those interested in the vocal arts and the Chorus Club performs publicly each quarter; Color Guard and Drill team- open to any member of the GMC Corps of Cadets. Promote the spirit of competition and discipline through the performance of precision execution military drill; Creative Thinking Club- uses puzzles and critical thinking exercises throughout the quarter to challenge students to think critically and apply unconventional solutions to problems; Ethics Bowl Team- open to all students this club helps develop critical thinking skills. Students debate ethical dilemmas and compete within the institution and the campus winners compete regionally; Fine Arts Club- Students rehearse and perform a scripted play. They learn to basics of stagecraft, self-discipline and the importance of listening and observations skills; Intramural- This sports program for men and woman is designed to offer a wide range of activities each term. Sports include volleyball, basketball, kickball, dodgeball and tennis challenges; Pre Nursing Club- for students pursuing a degree in a health related field. Members participate in group activities, day trips, overnight conferences and volunteers; Phi Theta Kappa-International Honors Society-Membership by invitation only.

Cadet Athletics


Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is key for any future officer.

Our rigorous physical fitness program is designed to develop our Service Academy Preparatory students to be in top shape upon arrival to their respective academies. Our students receive fitness assessments every month to monitor their progress.



Our facilities are exceptional and state of the art!

From our classroom and computer labs to our fitness center and Cadet Barracks – where all Cadets reside. We know you will find our facilities some of the best you have seen on a college campus.


The surrounding area to our Milledgeville, Georgia campus is beautiful and filled with many things to do.

Milledgeville is a college town, as we share it with Georgia College and State University, and a Technical College. Five minutes from campus is Lake Sinclair (where our college has its own lake lot), fishing, canoeing, amazing golf courses and a very short commute to Macon, Augusta, and Atlanta.


Admissions Requirements

  • Be a legal resident of Georgia for a minimum of 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the term at GMC which the student plans to enroll. (Based on HOPE residency requirements)
  • Qualify for regular admission to GMC
  • Have a minimum high school/college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 and also have a minimum total score (Critical Reading and Math) of 800 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or Composite of 17 on the American College Test (ACT).
  • Be of high moral character and demonstrate good citizenship as evidenced in a letter of recommendation from an administrative official of the high school where the applicant is enrolled at the time the application is made, or from which the applicant graduated.
  • Meet standards required for enlistment in the Georgia National Guard
  • Be nominated by your local State Representative of State Senator
  • Be capable of participating fully in the structured cadet physical fitness and activities program.

Academic Excellence.
Since 1879.

We’ve been educating bright minds for well over a century. That’s why a degree from GMC means more than just a great education. It means success.