Class of 2020 JROTC Cadets Earn Millions in Scholarships

Class of 2020 JROTC Cadets Earn Millions in Scholarships
Posted on 06/04/2020
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Graduating JROTC cadets in the Class of 2020 earned $5.4 million in scholarships to continue their education after graduation. The School District of Lee County’s JROTC program is one of the largest in the country, consisting of 15 Army JROTC Programs, more than 7,500 cadets and 80 instructors.

Scholarships were provided by several veteran groups:

The Lee Coast Chapter (Fort Myers / Sanibel) of the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA) provided five scholarships to the following cadets:

  • Suzette Brito, Lehigh Senior High School
  • Tommie McBride, Lehigh Senior High School
  • Alec Koontz, Fort Myers High School
  • Kelli Ahlquist, North Fort Myers High School
  • Kelsi Grigas, Mariner High School

The Cape Coral chapter of the MOAA provided three scholarships to the following cadets:

  • Isabel Basillis, Cape Coral High school
  • Christian Lumadue, Oasis High School
  • Garrett Palow, North Fort Myers High School

The local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart provided one scholarship to Cadet Stephanie Trejo, Mariner High School.

The Combat Infantryman’s Association provided one scholarship to Cadet Pablo Gomez, Ida Baker High School.

Don Radke from the Perry Campbell Fund Raising organization provided one scholarship to Howie Aviles, Lehigh Senior High School.

The West Point Society of Southwest Florida provided $1,500 to support County-wide JROTC Activities.

This year the JROTC Cadets contributed over 52,000 hours toward Community Service. Projects included but were not limited to blood drives, food drives, assisting the homeless, clothing and toy collections for battered women’s shelter, visiting veteran’s retirement home, environmental cleanup, Habitat for Humanity and making “Blessing Bags” for first responders to distribute in emergency situations. JROTC Cadets also completed a month-long Food Drive resulting in donation of more than 17,000 food items to Community Cooperative Inc.

The JROTC Programs’ Mission is to Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens.