Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Every year, thousands of high school seniors compete for a National Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) college scholarship.
Out of the estimated 25,000 applicants, just over 4,000 are selected each year. These scholarships are awarded based on the scholar’s merit and academic performance, not financial need.
This year, three LRHS students from the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program were awarded scholarships.
Senior Jeffrey Graan was awarded a four-year scholarship, and seniors Matthew Durham and Ethan Nicholls were each awarded a three-year.
Durham will attend Florida Southern College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences.
“I decided to serve in the military because I feel like it’s my calling in life,” said Durham, “I’m also excited to have a chance to go to a new place for college.”
Nicholls is committed to the University of Tampa and will be working towards a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
“I want to serve and protect those I care about, and I feel like the military is one of the best ways to do that,” comment Nicholls. “Plus, from my past experiences, I feel like I fit well in leadership roles. For now, I’m excited to be on my own in a new place and taking care of myself.”