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D.C. Chapter ROCKS, Inc. Awards Five Scholarships at the 2016 Spring Gala


Awarding scholarships is not only a rich tradition of the DC Chapter, but one of the tenants of the organization’s mission.  Every year the DC Chapter reaches out to Colleges and Universities with ROTC programs within the greater Washington, D.C. area to identify talented, goal oriented young individuals who have the potential and passion to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.   

This year COL Howell-Flowers, chapter president, presented five, $500 scholarships to the winners of the Chapter’s annual academic scholarship drive. Three recipients were college freshmen, and two were graduating high school seniors who will begin college in the fall. Recipients include: Cadet Jacob Troelstra (U.S. Military Academy), Cadet Raymundo M. DeJesus (Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD), Cadet Christian Ellis, (George Washington University, Washington, DC), Ms. Danayla Odom-West, (Baylor University) and Ms. Candice N. Crutchfield (Penn State University, PA).    

The chapter has made these awards in anticipation these nominal expressions of support will assist students with purchasing books and supplies as they strive to excel in their respective new settings.  The DC Chapter is proud to be a part of a widespread, collaborative effort to build the bench for the future Army!


                                                                                                    Very Respectfully,                                                                                                             Shelia Howell-Flowers 

                                                                                                          Chapter President                 
Dear ROCKS Members, Patrons, and Friends,

On behalf of Chapter, this letter is being sent to inform you about the Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS Scholarship Program for 2015.  As you know, The ROCKS, Inc. was founded in 1974 with goals to provide professional interactions with ROTC Cadets, scholarship assistance to youth aspiring for an education leading to an Army commission, provide mentoring and professional development to military officers and warrant officers, and social interaction with young military officers to strengthen the Officer Corps.  Army leaders recognize the impact and influence The ROCKS have in mentoring officers and cadets.  The members of The ROCKS are personally involved in the Colleges and Universities ROTC Programs across the country. Through its “Leadership Outreach Program”, teams consisting of ROCK members, go out to visit Colleges and Universities.  It is through these visits that the teams provide professional career development and guidance to ROTC Cadets. While at the schools, we also encourage ROTC Directors and Professors of Military Science to nominate worthy students to compete for our yearly Scholarships through the Chapter’s R.C. Cartwright Scholarship Program and the National ROTC Scholarship Programs. The ROCKS is a non-profit organization comprised of active duty, reserve, retired and former commissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, widows and widowers of deceased members, and other uniformed services.


In accordance with The ROCKS, Washington DC Chapter’s by-laws and mentoring efforts, we are reaching out to High Schools to identify graduating Seniors in a JROTC Program planning to attend college in the Fall Semester; Freshmen in an ROTC Program attending a College or University within the greater Washington DC community; and direct relatives of a Washington DC Chapter member who are graduating high school senior or college freshmen.  We want to identify talented and goal oriented young Americans in addition to those who have the potential for an officer’s career in the Armed Forces. 


The Washington DC Chapter will be awarding seven $1000 scholarships to deserving students in the categories mentioned above.  We request you identify worthy Senior ROTC Cadets from your High School or Freshmen ROTC Cadets from your College/University ROTC Program and that you help those Cadets in preparing a packet to be received by Scholarship Committee no later than 30 March 2015 so that it may be considered in the nomination process. Attached are the prerequisites.


In appreciation of being awarded the scholarship, the Chapter expects the winners of the scholarships to attend The ROCKS Spring Gala in ROTC uniform, if applicable, on 18 April 2015 at the Embassy Suites – Springfield VA (off of I-95 at the Fairfax County Parkway, at 1800.  We will recognize each recipient and present the scholarship awards that night.  The winning cadets/students are asked to arrive at the Spring Gala at 1800 to acknowledge your presence.


The Washington DC Chapter will defray the dinner cost for only the scholarship recipient.  We will provide additional details on The ROCKS Spring Gala to the award winners through contact with the school, email, or in separate correspondence.


We appreciate your help in recognizing our deserving young Americans.  Please contact the following members of the Scholarship Committee if you have additional questions – COL(R) Andre’ Barnes, 703 845-2225 or COL(R) Tommy Osborne, 703 940-3610.





                                                                           Conrado B. Morgan

                                                                           President, Washington Chapter       

                                                                           The ROCKS, Inc.




                                                                                                                                                                              THE ROCKS


Scholarship Prerequisites 


  • Must be a High School Senior in Army Jr ROTC planning to attend College next year or a College Freshmen in Army ROTC.  The award will be sent to the planned/attending college/university in the student’s name.


  • For Washington DC Chapter ROCKS members seeking a scholarship for their dependent or relative, membership status must be current with the Chapter and National.


    Submit the following – points are allotted based on the availability, thoroughness of the information and the achievements of the individual.

  • A description of the Student’s Background (Hometown; High School attending and the College/University they are planning to attend in the Fall; if the student are College/University Freshmen, provide the name of the school attending)


  • Provide a picture (head to waist) of the student in ROTC uniform, if applicable – send this picture electronically to:


  • Listing of Scholastic/Athletic/Personal Achievements; Awards; School Activities; and all Community Involvement efforts. This information adds to your selection points.


  • Proof of a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 point system


  • Written 500 word essay on “Why should young American men and women join the U.S. Army today?”


  • Two written endorsements from the School Jr ROTC Military Advisor and a Representative from the School (Principal, Teacher, Guidance Counselor)


  • For Washington DC Chapter member nominations:  the packet must include the name of Chapter member, relationship to the nominee, and their Chapter member number. Include this information in your student endorsement letter.


  • Awardees attendance is required at the ROCKS Spring Gala – on 18 April 2015 at the Embassy Suites – 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield VA 22150 (off of I-95 at the Fairfax County Parkway), at 1800.