ROTC Student Scholarships

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 Pictured above are ROTC Detachment 019 cadets at the award ceremony with Lt. Col. Boyer (photo credit David Campbell/ASU).
ASU ROTC Cadets Awarded $180-K in Scholarships from U.S. Air Force 
Also awarded was a $58-K Commander's Scholarship and three Flying Grant Scholarships totaling $30-K.
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
Student cadets enrolled in Alabama State University's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 019 are flying high after having been awarded substantial scholarships from the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Five cadets received Charles McGhee Leadership Awards (CMLA), one cadet received a Commander's Scholarship and three other cadets were awarded Flying Grant Scholarships.
"Five of our Detachment 019 cadets were awarded $36,000 each over the next two-years from the Air Force's McGhee scholarship program, which totals approximately $180,000. We also awarded a $59,400 Commander's In-College Scholarship to one recipient, and $30,000 in flying grant scholarships that are shared by three of our student-cadets," said Lt. Col. Lisa C. Boyer, commander, ASU's Air Force ROTC Detachment 019 and a professor of Aerospace Studies at ASU. "The cadets received recognition for their scholarships on Jan. 24 in a special ceremony that was held in the University's Hardy Student Center theater."
The five students who won the Charles McGee Leadership Award are Cadet Colonel Joi Eubanks, Cadet Lt. Col. Amin Buchanan, Cadet Major Manor Akinlosotu, Cadet Captain Kayla Gerard and Cadet Captain John Kay. The Commander's In-College Scholarship was awarded to Cadet Crystian J. Montague and the Flying Grant Scholarships, titled “You Can Fly and You Can Certify,” were shared by Cadets La’Jerica Scurry, Cortiz Dorsey and Elijah McGaughey.
According to information from the USAF, the CMLA is a two-year scholarship whose goal is to help relieve financial burdens on ROTC cadets so as to help allow them to better focus on their academic and leadership development, rather than be concerned about their school finances. This scholarship is available to cadets who have successfully completed field training and entered the Professional Officer Course upon the start of their junior year of college.
Air Force senior leaders introduced the Charles McGhee Leadership Award to provide tuition or housing assistance to Air Force ROTC cadets that demonstrate the ability and intent to accept a commission into the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force.
The award is named after the late USAF Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, who was a Tuskegee Airman and a renowned fighter pilot ace during World War II. 
Lt. Col. Boyer explained that ASU's cadets and their cohorts at other institutions of higher education all collectively contribute to the safety of the nation upon their graduation and commission as officers in the U.S. Air Force.
"Our ROTC program contributes greatly in shaping the future leaders of the Air Force,” Boyer said. “At The Alabama State University, we are pleased to have a vital and robust ROTC program that helps shape our students into leaders of character, who upon graduation will work to both safeguard and serve the United States and their communities with honor and distinction as Air Force officers," shared Boyer, ASU's ROTC leader. "Monetary assistance, via these scholarships for cadets, is a major component for achieving this goal because it helps them better focus on their education and leadership development and helps decrease concern about their individual financial burden. The awards we presented to our students is a tangible example of how we may invest in our students, which is also an investment in the future of our nation.”
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.