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The University of Richmond’s Army ROTC battalion has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to incoming freshmen at six Virginia colleges that compose the Spider Battalion. Students from University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, Randolph-Macon College, Hampden-Sydney College and Longwood University will receive the awards.

"This year we have recruited an outstanding group of young men and women to provide our Army with the next generation of agile and adaptive leaders,” said Lt. Col. Jason T. Garkey, professor of military science. “This select group of scholars, athletes and leaders will become a cohesive cohort and over the next four years, become the dynamic leaders our soldiers deserve. It is admirable that they accept the call to service during the era of persistent conflict. Our nation depends on these young patriots."

The awardees have an average high school GPA of 3.3 and an average SAT score of 1140. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholarly achievements, athleticism and demonstrated leadership.

For more information about Army ROTC at one of the area colleges, contact the scholarship and enrollment counselor at 804-287-6066 or visit http://military.richmond.edu or http://military.vcu.edu.