Penn College awards its first ROTC scholarship

PHOTO PROVIDED Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the first recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. He is flanked by Lt. Col. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science for Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC, and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at the college.

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the first recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. The award covers tuition for Maly’s freshman year.

“For several years, ROTC students at the college have distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom. We have every expectation that Kurt will continue that tradition,” said Carolyn Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College

Scholarship applicants were judged on several criteria — high school GPA, standardized test scores and a personal essay on the meaning of becoming an officer.

“Being a United States Army officer means that I can fulfill a long family line of military service, and I can lead others to protect the greatest country in the world,” Maly wrote.

Maly’s father, grandfather and grandmother, and other relatives, have served in various branches of the military.

“Kurt’s application demonstrated a passion for military service and academic and leadership success,” Strickland said. “His educational goals and commitment to serve in the Army are an ideal fit for both ROTC and Penn College.”

A graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, Maly served as captain of the football and track and field teams.

At Penn College, he pursuing bachelor’s degree in building automation technology: mechatronics engineering technology concentration. His goal is to serve in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Maly is one of 24 Penn College Army ROTC cadets. Cadets take classes on military science and leadership and engage in physical training three days a week to meet conditioning requirements.

Cadets are eligible for a scholarship from the Army covering tuition and a monthly stipend. Maly secured the Army’s three-year ROTC scholarship for his sophomore through senior years. With his Penn College first-year scholarship, he will earn his bachelor’s degree tuition free.

Upon graduating, Maly will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and commit to four years of active duty or eight years in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

The Penn College Army ROTC program is part of the Bald Eagle Battalion, headquartered at Lock Haven University.

For information on ROTC at Penn College, visit www.pct.edu/admissions/rotc or email ROTC@pct.edu.

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