Scholarships & Awards

Eileen M. Bonner Scholarship Award
for Medical Excellence

This annual award recognizes an outstanding Reservist of the Medical Branch of one of the Uniformed Services or National Guard who has contributed above and beyond the call of duty to the military and civilian community and is furthering their medical education.


This award consists of a $1,000 scholarship for furtherance of the candidate’s medical education. It will also include reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel expenses to receive the award at the ROA National Convention.


Application season: April 1 - July 1
Learn more about Colonel Eileen Bonner
Read the Rules for Application
Download the Application

(The application is a fillable PDF. Right click on link and save to your computer to enable fillable form.)


Point of Contact:
Lani Burnett

(202) 646-7758



Henry J. Reilly Scholarship 

The Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the 2020-2021 Academic Year has concluded, click here to view the scholarship recipients.

The 2021-2022 award application season will begin again in April 2021, and will be announced in February 2021 via email.

The applicant portal link is When you click to this site, you will see a plain "Account Login" page with a background photo of new graduates in their caps and gowns. Either register and enter, or if you've registered before log in. You will then be directed to the scholarship application page with an ROA logo on the upper left.

In its fourth year, ROA will award up to twenty $2500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees.

Applicants should use the online scholarship portal, managed for ROA by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc.  ISTS will be the point of contact for applicants throughout the process and they will provide ROA with finalist applications -- a ROA committee will make the final selections.

Jeffrey Phillips, interim co-chair of the ROA STARs Foundation said, “Recognizing that today’s students may be well beyond their twenties, we removed age limits.” Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-June; checks will be made out to their college/university and mailed to the recipients in August.

The program supports scholarships, fellowships, internships, and other programs.  You must either be a regular or associate member or the child/grandchild of a regular or associate member of ROA.

The scholarships are funded by the Henry J. Reilly Memorial Library and Scholarship Fund, itself funded by the ROA’s STARs Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization through which donors both help students and honor Reilly’s love of education.

Brigadier General Reilly was ROA’s first president. A colonel when the U.S. entered World War I, he commanded the 149th Field Artillery Regiment, 42nd (“Rainbow”) Division. His regiment fought with distinction in France. After the war, Reilly became a brigadier general in the Officer Reserve; he was also a well-known authority on military affairs, speaker, author, and correspondent. He helped General of the Armies John “Black Jack” Pershing found the Reserve Officers Association in 1922.