Thursday, April 05, 2012
For 65 years (1947-2012), SC State University’s Army ROTC Program has developed leaders that have served our nation in the military, private and public sectors. The motto, “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today;” serves as a driving force to mold, shape and guide cadets to strive to be the best that they can be academically, personally and professionally. During a ceremony on Mar 31, 2012 at Fort Belvoir Virginia, three SC State Army ROTC cadets were awarded The Rocks, Inc. Brig Gen. Roscoe C. Cartwright Leadership Scholarship.
The Rocks, Inc. is a non-profit mentorship organization comprised of active, reserve, retired and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the U.S. Armed Forces. Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Roscoe C. Cartwright and his wife, Gloria; the purpose of the scholarship is to provide recognition, inspiration and encouragement to students who plan to enter military service as officers after completing the Army ROTC Program.
Annually, The Rocks, Inc. recognizes college ROTC cadets for academic achievement and demonstrated leadership qualities. The cadets must attend a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and be nominated by their professor of military science.
SC State University cadets Clifton Parker, senior business marketing major, Harrison T. Goins, sophomore, mechanical engineering major; and Adrianne V. Scott, freshmen social work major were recently announced as recipients of the scholarship. Each student received a stipend of $1,000. Honored and full of pride, the cadets were ecstatic about receiving the scholarship.
Parker, a member of the ROTC Program since 2008, was honored to be awarded the scholarship. “When I first heard, I received the scholarship I was full with so many different emotions,” says Parker. “It felt great to know that someone saw that much potential in me to nominate me for this opportunity. I also felt admiration in my subordinates and peers. Without them I would not be able to express qualities deemed as necessary for the scholarship,” he continues.
Goins shared the same sentiment. “I feel that the cadre (ROTC faculty) really noticed my efforts and I think that it provided great motivation for me to continue to thrive throughout the ROTC program and I will continue to strive to do my best, because I know that someone is noticing my efforts,” Goins shared.
Scott, who is new to the Army ROTC Program, was just as thrilled. “When I received the scholarship, I was overwhelmed and shocked. It made me realize that someone sees that I have something great inside of me and I can continue to pursue greater things in life,” she said.
SC State University’s Army ROTC Program is one of the largest producers of minority officers for the US Army and continues to uphold the legacy of excellence in leader development. The Army ROTC Program prepares cadets with the skills they need to lead and compete in a global society.
The three cadets agreed that everyone in the Army ROTC Program has shaped their lives differently. “Mr. Anthony Watson, Ms. Theopia Deas, Maj. Christopher Lofton, Lt. Col. Derrick Corbett (professor of military science) and Sergeant First Class Brandon Disney have played a pivotal role in their success,” says Parker. Goins and Scott echoes stating that “everyone in the Department of Military Science has a positive influence and various avenues of approaches.”
Groomed and mentored through ROTC to lead, these three cadets aspire to be leaders in the US Army. They will receive a commission as a second lieutenant upon graduation from SC State University. Parker aspires to one day attain the rank of general in the US Army. Scott aspires to earn an active duty commission. She also plans on opening a business utilizing her degree in social work to assist soldiers and their families with mental difficulties. Goins aspires to be an officer and pursue a military career in the US Army until retirement.