Our Scholarships and Awards

The University of Oklahoma ROTC program alumni generously offer a wide range of awards and scholarships to qualified cadets. They are typically merit-based and competitive. Nominations are made by the ROTC cadre each year. Alumni scholarships and awards include:

THE LTC EDWIN RAMSEY SCHOLARSHIP $5,000

– An award established by Dr. Raquel Ramsey to honor her husband. After the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II, then LT Ramsey helped to slow the Japanese advancement on the Bataan peninsula, allowing his fellow Americans to escape to Corregidor. At one point, Ramsey led what would be the last horse cavalry charge in US military history. For his gallantry and bravery, LTC Ed Ramsey was awarded the Silver Star in the face of superior enemy forces. Avoiding the Bataan Death March, Ramsey helped to establish, then later lead a guerilla force that resisted the Japanese occupation and provided critical intelligence that assisted the Philippine Liberation led by General Douglas MacArthur. For his action in saving tens of thousands of American and Filipino lives, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The LTC Ed Ramsey award is presented to the Most Outstanding cadet that exemplifies the attributes of LTC Ramsey.

 OU ARMY ROTC ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP $3,000

– Awarded in increments of $500 to six cadets that include 2 sophomores, 2 juniors and 2 seniors. The award is based on performance and potential in the Army ROTC Program.

THE 1LT DAVID T. WRIGHT II $2500 SCHOLARSHIP AND A BRONZE BERET

-An endowed award established by Tim and Michele Wright, in honor of their son, First Lieutenant David T. Wright II. 1LT David Wright graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. He commissioned as an Infantry Officer and was assigned as a Platoon Leader with the 2nd Infantry Division stationed in Fort Lewis, WA.
On September 14, 2009, 1LT Wright was killed when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with improvised explosives as he lead his platoon on a patrol in Helmand Providence, Afghanistan.
In honor of 1LT Wright’s sacrifice and heroism, an award along with the Bronze Beret Award is given out to a cadet in the OU Army ROTC program. The recipient is chosen based upon their strong morals, values, and character. This coveted award is reserved for a leader that will lead America’s sons and daughters with the same selfless service and internal fortitude as 1LT Wright did. The awardees must possess the same attributes as 1LT Wright boldly lived his life by.

THE MAJOR GENERAL JOHN LONG SCHOLARSHIP $2500

-An award established by MG (Ret) John Long. MG Long is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he received his commission into the Quartermaster Corps. This award is presented to a Junior that has shown the most overall improvement and progress as a Cadet in OU Army ROTC.

THE MCCONNELL ARMY ROTC AWARD $1,500

-The McConnell Army ROTC Award is an endowed award through the University of Oklahoma Foundation and is awarded to an outstanding Army ROTC cadet each calendar year. The recipient must be an active and enrolled cadet in good standing and is chosen by the Army ROTC Professor of Military Science (PMS) and staff based upon criteria set forth between the McConnell family and the PMS. Typically, the Award will be presented to a cadet demonstrating specified outstanding qualities and a high standard of excellence as determined by the PMS and cadre. The Award is presented in the amount of no less than $1500 and given with an engraved ceremonial U.S. Army officer’s saber. The award is in honor of COL and Mrs. Donald W. McConnell and the McConnell family and is provided by LTC (Ret) and Mrs. Brian W. McConnell. A plaque with all the recipients’ names resides in the Armory at the University of Oklahoma.

LTC DALE MAGNIN AWARD $1000

An annual award provided by the Magnin family will be presented to a Junior Class Army ROTC Cadet. The Cadet will have demonstrated the willingness to step forward, even if not asked, to accept responsibility for required tasks and missions, and to timely and efficiently accomplish those tasks and missions.  The Cadet will be committed to serving in the U.S. Army.  The recipient will be chosen by the PMS and ROTC Cadre.

 THE COLONEL WILTSE SCHOLARSHIP $1,000

– An endowed award established by Elliot and Chris Wiltse, in honor of their father Colonel Woodrow Wiltse who commanded OU Army ROTC from 1965-1969. Both Elliot and Chris received commissions from OU Army ROTC in 1969 and 1972 respectively. The Wiltse award is annually presented to an outstanding cadet of any military science class that demonstrates exceptional academic and military skills and has a desire to pursue a military career.

THE FORD BROTHERS BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP $500

– Bill and Bob Ford are both distinguished Oklahoma businessmen and graduates of OU Army ROTC who have established an endowed scholarship given annually to two exemplary cadets, one male and one female who major in a business-related field.

THE BRIGADIER GENERAL COSTILOW SCHOLARSHIP $500

– $500 endowed award established by Brigadier General (Ret) Costilow. This award is presented to an outstanding National Guard member as a cadet in OU Army ROTC.

THE JOHN BENIEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $500

– Established by brother Dr. Paul Benien in memory of John Benien to provide an award to a deserving Army ROTC cadet who meets the following criteria: 1) Actively participating in Army ROTC 2) Full time student at O.U. 3) Top 50% in University Academics 4) Demonstrated financial need 5) Demonstrated potential to serve as an Army Officer.

THE THUO ACHIEVEMENT AWARD $1000

– This will be an annual scholarship offered by the Thuo family to a contracted MS III/3d year cadet who:
• Is the most improved in ROTC and in good academic standing (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA).
• Committed to the ROTC program and the Army; involved in ROTC activities (such as, color guard/ranger challenge/lab activities) and volunteers time outside of ROTC.
• Minimal absences in Military Science classes and PT (as determined by the course syllabus).
• Maintains high standards of discipline, courtesy and neatness of dress.
• Considered a role model to the underclassmen.

COL HENRY “HANK” TUELL AWARD $1000

A $1000 award established by BG Pete Costilow and LTC Mike Sloniker in honor of their friend from the OU class of 1968.  COL Tuell is one of the most decorated aviators of the Vietnam era and earned the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action on 22 June 1970 during an evacuation effort.  After a distinguished military career, COL Tuell co-founded Operation Second Chance which supports combat wounded, injured or ill veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life.  This award is presented to a sophomore or junior cadet that excels both academically and physically and is a consummate team player willing to assist others in need.

COL NEAL HARRIS AWARD $500

– Available to a cadet or midshipman belonging to any ROTC program at OU.

THE BOB KALSU CHARACTER AWARD $500

This award was suggested by MG (Ret.) Lambert, to be funded by the alumni of Pershing Rifles of OU. Named in honor of 1LT Bob Kalsu, the criteria are based on outstanding character and leadership–doing things the right way, as shown by the life and service of 1LT Kalsu. Selection is not limited by class or GPA, but rather by demonstration of “going above and beyond.”

THE MULDROW PISTOL AWARD $500

A 1911 Para Ordnance pistol is awarded to the top cadet in the Army ROTC program. Awarded annually since 1954 by the Muldrow family, in honor of General Hal Muldrow.

HAMILTON INFANTRY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP $350

– Established by Doctors William and Penny Hamilton is an annual award for a full-time regularly enrolled University of Oklahoma Army ROTC college senior cadet who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in his/her Army ROTC program and summer camp,The University of Oklahoma and other community-social organizations, in addition, said cadet must be selected for active duty infantry to secure the award. No award may be presented to or for the direct benefit of the Donor or any member of the immediate family of the Donor. Any eligible deserving full-time senior Army ROTC cadet is qualified for this award if the student is making satisfactory progress toward graduation. Satisfactory progress shall be deemed to be the achievement of and maintenance of at least a 2.5 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The award includes an engraved trophy, and the recipient’s name engraved on the perpetual plaque on display in the Army ROTC department

GEORGE NORRIS SCHOLARSHIP $300

– An endowed fund to provide awards to honor Colonel George Norris. This award is to be presented to an advanced Army ROTC cadet selected at the discretion of the Army ROTC selection committee approved by the Professor of Military Science.

PAUL GARRETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $300

– An endowed fund established in memory of Paul Garrett to be used for awards for advanced Army ROTC cadets.

COL DWIGHT E. AULTMAN II MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $300

– An award to be given each year in memory of Colonel Dwight E. Aultman II, a 1940 ROTC (Army) graduate.

THE NATHAN ANDERSON AWARD $300

– Established in the name of Nathan W. Anderson to provide an award to be presented to a ROTC cadet in the senior class selected at the discretion of the Army ROTC selection committee and approved by the PMS. The committee may establish its own criteria based on citizenship, community involvement and leadership.

LTC A.E. ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP $300

– An endowed fund established in the name of Lt. Colonel A.E. Anderson to provide awards in the Department of Military Science. Proceeds from the fund are to be awarded annually to a deserving Army ROTC cadet who meets the following criteria: Actively participating in Army ROTC; Full-time Student at O.U.; Demonstrated financial need; and demonstrated potential to serve as an Army Officer.

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