Three new high school graduates are looking forward to starting college in the fall, paid for through $74,000 scholarships awarded to them by the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
In exchange, the men will join the U.S. Marine Corps and serve four years after college, said Capt. Keith Yorman, executive officer at the Oklahoma City recruiting station for the U.S. Marines.
The mission of the Naval ROTC is to educate and train commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
The three Oklahoma recipients are Jarod Missey, 18, of Newcastle, Austin Calloway Clark, 18, of Norman and Riley Sanders, 17, of Okay, near Fort Gibson.
The three had to write essays telling why they deserved the scholarship and take a physical fitness test that included running, pull-ups and sit-ups.
Each recipient is someone who “doesn't need people to tell him to get something done,” Yorman said. Successful applicants demonstrate the ability to handle the physical rigors expected of Marines, Yorman said, as well as demonstrate “intangible items we're looking for in the Marine Corps.”
When he found out he was awarded the scholarship, “I was ecstatic, really excited,” said Missey, who was valedictorian of his class at Newcastle High School.
The quarterback of the Newcastle Racers football team plans to go to the University of Oklahoma to major in either biology with a minor in business, or aerospace engineering.
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