Two Greenwood High School Seniors have been awarded Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarships for university study starting this fall.
Ashton Bell has accepted the United States Marine Corps Frederick C. Branch four year scholarship to study at Tennessee State University while cross enrolled in Naval Science classes at the NROTC Unit, Vanderbilt University.
Artisan Dolby has accepted a United States Army three year National Scholarship to study at the University of Kentucky while also earning a minor in Military Science through UK's Army ROTC program.
ROTC scholarships provide funds to cover tuition, books, certain fees and a monthly stipend during college. Cadets and midshipmen train in their respective service's military science and ROTC programs during the school year and also receive training each summer. Those who successfully complete their ROTC training and university diploma will commission as second lieutenants in the Army, Marine Corps or Air Force, or as ensigns in the Navy and Coast Guard. Soon to be Midshipman Bell plans to become a Marine lieutenant and Cadet Dolby, an Army lieutenant. ROTC scholarships are awarded based upon an applicant's character, leadership potential, athletic ability and academic record. The process of earning a scholarship is highly competitive.
Both Bell and Dolby have been members of the Greenwood High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps for four years and have participated in various other sports, clubs and activities at the school and within the community. Bell is currently the NJROTC Battalion Commander. Dolby is the Battalion Supply Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. Each attribute their success to hard work, dedication, the GHS NJROTC program, their parents and God. They feel honored and challenged to be offered such prestigious scholarships and an opportunity to serve in the military as officers in four years.