Students receive Army ROTC scholarships

Five cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and one from Lycoming College were bestowed Army ROTC scholarships during a recent contracting ceremony at Penn College. In addition to paying for tuition, the scholarships provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.

Besides their regular college activities and courses, ROTC cadets take classes on military science and leadership and engage in physical training three days a week in order to meet conditioning requirements. Each semester also includes a field training exercise.

The Penn College scholarship recipients and their majors are Kyle Amon, of Lafayette Hill, engineering design technology; Aleah Emlet, of Altoona, electronics and computer engineering technology; Brandon Knauff, of Ellicott City, Maryland, manufacturing engineering technology; Kurt Maly, of Effort, building automation technology: mechatronics engineering technology concentration; and Trent Martin, of Ephrata, construction management.

Erika Boyer, of East Greenville, who is majoring in criminal justice at Lycoming College, also received a scholarship.

Upon graduation, the cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants and embark on specialized training in their first Army branch. They will commit to four years of active duty or eight years in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

“My experience has shown that Army ROTC cadets are usually high achievers in and out of the classroom,” said Carolyn Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. “Their sincere commitment to their academic pursuits and service to our country is an excellent example for all students. They are inspiring.”

The Penn College Army ROTC program is part of the Bald Eagle Battalion, headquartered at Lock Haven University. Other members of the battalion are Lycoming College, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities.