Military students receive ROTC scholarships

ROTC Scholarships

(L to R) Jovan Garrison, Luke Shriver, Megan Peck, Colin Calpin, Jacob Coombe, Bailey Rohrer, Brandon Webber, Deanna Lupia, Dawn Orzolek, office of military and veteran resources; Bon Heckrote, academic advisor, office of military and veteran resources.

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University’s ROTC Military Initiatives Scholarship Committee awarded eight Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) students the ROTC Scholarship at the annual welcome lunch for new and returning military students on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The 2018 recipients are Jovan Garrison, Jacob Coombe, Deanna Lupia, Bailey Rohrer, Luke Shriver and Megan Peck from Army ROTC; and Colin Calpin and Brandon Webber from the Air Force ROTC.

The ROTC Military Initiatives Scholarship Committee selected the 2018 recipients for the $1,250 scholarship based on their grade point average, physical fitness score, ROTC involvement, leadership evaluation, branch height and weight compliance and standing in the ROTC program.

As a designated military friendly school, BU is committed to ensuring the success of military members in their academic endeavors. Over 40 new or readmitted military students will enter into the ROTC program this semester, making BU’s total military member population over 400.


Army ROTC prepares college students for military service as commissioned officers in the active Army, or part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Scholarship first-year students and non-scholarship first and second-year students may enroll on a trial basis with no commitment to the military.

Students may leave the program or continue with advanced courses to earn a commission as an officer upon graduation. Although the program is designed to start with new first-year students each fall, it's possible to enter the program as late fall of the junior year. Students with prior military service or those who complete a 28-day summer training camp may bypass the freshmen and sophomore level training. Various types and lengths of scholarships are available. Some of which guarantee duty in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Air Force ROTC

AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United Stated Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of:

  • Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies
  • National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty)
  • a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies)

College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as “cadets”) who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.