It’s no secret that the cost of a college education is soaring. And every year, it seems to climb to new heights. Those determined to get a degree (particularly from a school of their choice) must creatively research paths to drastically reduce the cost or fund the journey. Financial solutions can be hard to locate and require significant time and effort to apply. And this reality can be especially disappointing to those who have already worked tirelessly to maintain good grades, become well-rounded, and seek the service and leadership experience that shine on a college application.
Tremendous scholarship opportunities that fly below the radar of most high school students are the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships offered by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
My husband, Will, participated in the ROTC program at Texas A and M University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation. As our oldest son, Liam, a 2017 King’s Way Christian High School graduate, was exploring career and college options, Will shared his ROTC experiences with him. “If you’re interested in serving your county and looking for an outstanding way to finance college,” Dad suggested, “and if you want to jumpstart your career out of college, I strongly suggest you look into ROTC. It’s really a win-win for you and for the Army.”
“The time commitment and regimented lifestyle of the military seemed like drawbacks at first,” Liam admits. But the more he thought about it and did some research, the more appealing this option became. Liam shares, “Over time it moved from being just a way to fund college to my thinking, ‘Hey, this is a great opportunity for me to grow my leadership skills and do my part in serving my country.’”