Scholarships for ROTC Students

LTC Michael Rainbolt, RetiredLTC Michael Rainbolt, retired, established the Military Science Scholarship Endowment Fund (MSSEF) in 1991 to provide privately funded scholarships for Army ROTC cadets at OSU and WOU. The MSSEF is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization not affiliated with BCF.  As MSSEF grew, scholarship opportunities were expanded to include cadets and midshipmen from the Air Force and Naval Science programs.  In 1996, LTC Rainbolt approached BCF with a proposal to accept management of the endowed scholarships that he had created. In the ensuing years, Mike transferred these endowments to BCF and new endowments were created. ROTC scholarships are open to ROTC students at Oregon State University and its extension campuses, including, but not limited to WOU, Corban University, and OSU Cascade. In 2009 the scope of the original effort was expanded further to include support to veterans, military families, and military children through the establishment of several designated funds and a donor advised fund. This expanded support gives the Benton Community Foundation the flexibility to support a wide range of military and veteran needs.

The ROTC scholarships are awarded in honor and remembrance of the men and women who have served their country in the military in World War I, World War II, Korea, the "Cold War," Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq and Afghanistan.

Application Process. Nominees for ROTC Scholarships are selected on the basis of recommendation by the respective ROTC Commander.  If you are an ROTC student at Oregon State University or its extension campuses, including, but not limited to WOU, Corban University, and OSU Cascade, see your ROTC Commander in January if you believe you are eligible to receive one of the scholarships listed below.

Unless otherwise stated, eligibility for award of these scholarships is based on financial need, academic performance, and leadership. In addition, all recipients must meet the following general criteria:

  • Full-time ROTC student who will return to the university for Fall term, with a minimum of one remaining academic term for graduation (undergraduate) and commissioning.
  • At least sophomore standing in both ROTC and the university at the time of selection.
  • Priority should be given to juniors, seniors and completion ROTC students (those who have completed ROTC classes, but have remaining graduation requirements).
  • Contracted at the time funds are distributed to the student.
  • Good academic standing with the student’s university – minimum 2.5 accumulative university GPA required at the start of Fall term. Funds may not be carried forward to a subsequent term.
  • Good standing in the respective ROTC unit – minimum 3.0 ROTC GPA, meet physical fitness requirements, and successful completion of any required summer training at the start of Fall Term.
  • Recommended for award by the appropriate professor (Professors of Military Science, Naval Science or Air Force Studies). 

The following ROTC Scholarships funds are available

to the respective branches of service as described below:

AIR FORCE ROTC

94th Bomb Group Scholarship Fund

American Legion, Post #11 ROTC Scholarship Fund

Eugene M. "Mitch" Beard, BG Frank & Bobbie Gillespie, LtCol Ivan B. Grimes Memorial Scholarship
Capt Robert A. Brett, Maj Gregory L. Stone, Maj James R. Trower Memorial Scholarship
Col Donald E. Carter, Lon & Mary Jensen, Helen Kirby ROTC Scholarship

Benjamin Gerling Memorial Scholarship (Recommended by Cadet Leadership)

Col Frank N. & Dorothy E. Halm Memorial Scholarship

Women in ROTC Endowed Scholarship (Female Cadet/MIDN)

 

ARMY ROTC

American Legion, Post #11 ROTC Scholarship Fund

LTC (USA Retired) Thomas P. Bays Endowed Scholarship
LTC David & Dorothy Blasen Memorial Scholarship
Bond, Foster, Rainey Families Endowed ROTC Scholarship
Col Donald E. Carter, Lon & Mary Jensen, Helen Kirby ROTC Scholarship

Justin D. Cole & Donald R. Meeks, Jr. ROTC Scholarship (MS III, Recommended by Peers)
Mark & Jennifer Fitch Family Scholarship (WOU and Veteran Priority)
Lt Sidney Fredrickson, Lt Robert Hamill, Lisa Maurer Memorial Scholarship

Col Ejner J. Fulsang, Cpt Gerry A. Harr, LTC Stephen C. Marks Memorial Scholarship

Col Frank N. & Dorothy E. Halm Memorial Scholarship

Dixie Holder Memorial Scholarship (Older than average cadet)
Holmes Family, Mater Family, Timothy Vevoda Family ROTC Scholarship
James L. Kennedy, CMS & Mrs. James Schwab, Sibayan Family ROTC Scholarship

LTC John H. Landers, Jr Endowed Scholarship
Lulay ROTC Endowed Scholarship Female cadet, veteran or NG/Reserve and child/grandchild of veteran
Cecil & Martha MacGregor Memorial Scholarship 
Jacob Saunders & John-Mark Nelson Endowed Scholarship

Herbert & Harriet Sinnard Fund (Veteran Prior Active Duty Priority)
John E. Taylor Family Endowed ROTC Scholarship
Western Oregon University Alumni Scholarship (WOU Cadet)
Women in ROTC Endowed Scholarship (Female Cadet/MIDN)
Walter McPherson, Anton & Helen Nizich, Michael & Maxine Rainbolt, James & Rose Rainbolt ROTC Scholarship

 

MARINE ROTC

Col Arnold E. "Gene" Bench, Lieutenant Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (MECEP Priority)

American Legion, Post #11 ROTC Scholarship Fund

LtCol Nelson M. Olf Endowed (Based on excellence)

NAVY ROTC

American Legion, Post #11 ROTC Scholarship Fund

Col Donald E. Carter, Lon & Mary Jensen, Helen Kirby ROTC Scholarship

Jay & Kelleigh Killen Military Excellence Endowed Scholarship 3.5 cumulative GPA; PRT excellent; no PRB last 12 mo. 

Women in ROTC Endowed Scholarship (Female Cadet/MIDN)
Walter McPherson, Anton & Helen Nizich, Michael & Maxine Rainbolt, James & Rose Rainbolt ROTC Scholarship

 

CHECK WITH YOUR COMMANDER ON THE FOLLOWING FUNDS:

Stephens, Branch & Putnam Military Service Memorial Fund (ROTC Unit Varies each year)

Military Officers' Club of Corvallis, Col Mark H. Terrel & LTC Thomas P. Bays Memorial Scholarship (Open to Army, Air Force, and Naval Science)

Col Julian and Rebecca McFadden Memorial Scholarship Fund (ROTC unit varies each year between Army and Air Force)