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Students receive Army ROTC scholarships


The dedication of six Army ROTC cadets has been recognized with scholarships covering the cost of college tuition.

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.

Five cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and one from Lycoming College received Army ROTC scholarships during a contracting ceremony at Penn College. The three-year scholarships (one cadet received a two-year scholarship) include tuition, a monthly stipend and books. From left are Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Master Sgt. Steven Kowatch, military science instructor; Penn College cadets Trent D. Martin, of Ephrata, Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, Brandon J. Knauff, of Ellicott City, Md., Kyle P. Amon, of Lafayette Hill, and Aleah M. Emlet, of Altoona; Lycoming College cadet Erika C. Boyer, of East Greenville; and Lt. Col. Jonathon Britton, professor of military science. Penn College’s Army ROTC program is part of Bald Eagle Battalion, headquartered at Lock Haven University. Other members are Lycoming College and Mansfield University.
Five cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and one from Lycoming College received Army ROTC scholarships during a contracting ceremony at Penn College. The three-year scholarships (one cadet received a two-year scholarship) include tuition, a monthly stipend and books. From left are Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Master Sgt. Steven Kowatch, military science instructor; Penn College cadets Trent D. Martin, of Ephrata, Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, Brandon J. Knauff, of Ellicott City, Md., Kyle P. Amon, of Lafayette Hill, and Aleah M. Emlet, of Altoona; Lycoming College cadet Erika C. Boyer, of East Greenville; and Lt. Col. Jonathon Britton, professor of military science. Penn College’s Army ROTC program is part of Bald Eagle Battalion, headquartered at Lock Haven University. Other members are Lycoming College and Mansfield University.

“Earning such a comprehensive scholarship is a very competitive process,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. “These cadets have not only distinguished themselves in the ROTC program but also as college students. We are very proud of them.”

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 P. Amon, of Lafayette Hill, engineering design technology; Aleah M. Emlet, of Altoona, electronics and computer engineering technology; Brandon J. Knauff, of Ellicott City, Maryland, manufacturing engineering technology; Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, building automation technology: mechatronics engineering technology concentration; and Trent D. Martin, of Ephrata, construction management.

Erika C. 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,” Strickland said. “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 and Lock Haven and Mansfield universities. For more information, email ROTC.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. Email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

President Davie Jane Gilmour addresses the cadets at the well-attended ceremony in Penn's Inn.
President Davie Jane Gilmour addresses the cadets at the well-attended ceremony in Penn’s Inn.

Amon stands with two of his three proud grandfathers, all of whom served in the Air Force or Marines.
Amon stands with two of his three proud grandfathers, all of whom served in the Air Force or Marines.

Martin takes the oath.
Martin takes the oath.

Maly gives a shout-out to his fellow cadets for their support; each was afforded the opportunity to speak after receiving his or her check. ROTC instructor Cody M. Myers is at the podium.
Maly gives a shout-out to his fellow cadets for their support; each was afforded the opportunity to speak after receiving his or her check. ROTC instructor Cody M. Myers is at the podium.

Emlet is congratulated by Strickland, who, along with the president, shook hands with each of the cadets after the ceremony.
Emlet is congratulated by Strickland, who, along with the president, shook hands with each of the cadets after the ceremony.

Knauff receives his check.
Knauff receives his check.

Amon introduces his family to Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology, who arrived to support her student.
Amon introduces his family to Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology, who arrived to support her student.

Boyer, a student at Lycoming College, with Britton outside the Bush Campus Center
Boyer, a student at Lycoming College, with Britton outside the Bush Campus Center

 

Comments

Deborah Stacey/MomMom,

I am very proud of my grandson, Kyle Amon, and the guidance and direction he has received at Penn College and ROTC.

Ed Thompson,

May God bless you all and keep you safe. The ROTC is a great program that works for everyone, not just those who are in it! God bless America.

Eric Bigelow,

Congratulations, Kyle!

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