ROTC Cadet Awarded Full Tuition Scholarship
Kerri Kirkland, a North Greenville University sophomore, was recently awarded a full tuition scholarship, based on her ROTC endeavors.
Kirkland had remained in a competitive lock with fellow Cadets of the 4th Brigade ROTC, prior to being awarded the scholarship. According to her professor of military science Lieutenant Colonel, Gregory Scrivens, Kirkland’s, “…GPA, her physical ability, and her attitude were all part of what was looked at compared to others [candidates].”
Although scholarship funding is limited the ultimate decision to award financial aid to Kirkland could not have been clearer. Her group was extremely competitive and it showed by her awarding of the scholarship.
On one occasion (as recounted by Lt. Colonel Scrivens) during fitness testing, Ms. Kirkland, “…lost her shoe about 1/4 mile out, she didn't stop, she just kept running and ran her best two mile time.” Lt. Colonel Scrivens continued to say that her no-quit attitude exemplified what the ROTC program looks for in a future leader.
On a humanitarian front, last year Kirkland was deployed to serve in hurricane relief efforts with her South Carolina National Guard Unit. She continued her schooling while being deployed and all while assisting the people of South Carolina.
Going along with this recurring theme, Lt. Colonel Scrivens makes mention to her mentoring side and that she is, “…constantly called on to assist others”…and that, “She is tactically proficient and has been chosen as a leader on numerous occasions [which] show her capabilities and personality.”
According to Lt. Colonel Scrivens, Kirkland is, “a fantastic leader who has a bright future and will accomplish anything she puts her mind to.”
In the end, hard work and dedication will always be rewarded. Sometimes rewards come through open doors and sometimes through other types of support. In the case of Kirkland, NGU and Lt. Colonel Scrivens are happy to know she was rewarded with both.
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