Sandhills MOAA Awards Scholarships

Published – The Pilot Newspaper – May 6, 2016

The Sandhills MOAA Chapter Awards Thousands of Dollars for College Scholarships to Area JROTC Cadets the Sandhills MOAA Chapter continued its decades-long program of actively supporting the High School Junior ROTC Programs in the region by recently handing out more than $10,000 in scholarships.

High school students in Moore, Lee, Montgomery, Richmond and Anson counties benefited. Eight $1,500 scholarships were awarded to a deserving senior enrolled in JROTC in each of two High Schools in Moore County, two each in Lee and Montgomery counties as well as one each in Richmond and Anson counties.

At Pinecrest High School, the winner was Cadet Capt. Valerie Quintana. At Union Pines High School, the winner was Cadet Lt. JG Dominic Riley.

The focus of MOAA’s support is the dedication and patriotism of this group of young Americans as they embark upon their further education and chosen careers. This year’s program coincides with the nationwide 100th anniversary celebration of ROTC.

The JROTC programs are supported by all branches of the military, and the programs provide a valuable preparation for success in the college and university ROTC programs as well as academics. ROTC provides about 70 percent of our nation’s military officers.

JROTC is a successful program, making substantial contributions to students, schools and communities which benefit greatly from its presence. The nationwide metrics for attendance, graduation, discipline, drop-out and grade point average all significantly outperform the metrics at average high schools.

Funding to support this program comes from the chapter’s annual September golf outing, which is open to the public, and member contributions. In the more than two decades of its scholarship program, MOAA has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships.

The MOAA Recognition Luncheon for their JROTC Scholarship winners was held this year on April 19 at Pinehurst No. 9.

Also during the luncheon, MOAA handed out leadership medals to rising seniors. At Pinecrest, the medal went to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Matthew Peele. At Union Pines, the medal went to Cadet Ensign Avery McKenzie.

Other scholarship winners:

* From Lee County High School, Cadet LTC Benjamin Sifter

* From Southern Lee High School, Capt CPT Lilia Flores

* From West Montgomery High School, Cadet Lt. Col. Daniella Vang

* From East Montgomery High School, Cadet Lt Col. Travis Williamson

* From Anson High School, Cadet COL Max Martin

* From Richmond Senior High School, Cadet COL Brianna White

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