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Marion cadets awarded Army ROTC national scholarships

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC cadets Audrey Dickerson and Hailey Teeguarden both were awarded the U.S. Army’s ROTC scholarships. These national level scholarships are each valued at just under $100,000.

     

Students awarded the scholarships can choose to attend any college/university that has an Army ROTC program and the money can be used to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and fees. Additionally, the cadets will receive a monthly stipend to cover incidental costs.

“I was so happy and shocked,” Dickerson said when she learned she was selected for the scholarship. “It is a real honor.” Dickerson will attend Purdue-Fort Wayne in the fall and plans to study engineering.

Teeguarden will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and plans to study nursing.

“My goal is to become an Army nurse and serve on active duty,” Teeguarden said. “I am so thankful for this scholarship as it will help me achieve my goal.”

The Army evaluates scholarship applicants on their academic performance, athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership.

The scholarship recipients must enroll in ROTC for all four years of college. Upon graduation, they will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and have to serve either on active duty or in the reserve components of the Army (Army Reserves or National Guard).

Approximately 9,000 high school seniors apply each year for the Army ROTC scholarships. Only about 2,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

“These two cadets are simply outstanding,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the senior Army instructor for Marion High School. “They are indicative of the quality scholastic leaders our program is producing.”

The Marion High JROTC program is in its eighth year and has produced seven cadets who have been awarded ROTC Scholarships in the last five years.