Kathleen Forrest, a Foxcroft School senior from Sperryville, VA, was presented recently (May 23)with a U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship to attend Baylor University in the fall.
With Forrest’s parents, Vaughn and Diane, and the entire Foxcroft community looking on, Sgt. First Class George Welch from James Madison University’s ROTC program, did the honors, presenting a certificate confirming her commission and an oversized check for $168,384 – the value of the scholarship.
Sgt. Welch read the certificate which cited Forrest’s “meritorious record” in academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Together with her “demonstration of exceptional leadership potential, as well as expressed desire to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army” the certificate said, Forrest had earned the generous honor.
A standout athlete, Forrest was captain and MVP of both the Volleyball and Basketball teams as a senior, her third year of varsity play in each sport. She set record in both sports and helped the basketball team win the Delaney Athletic Conference championship in her junior year. Forrest also served as co-editor of Foxcroft’s literary magazine, as a dormitory leader for two years and as an officer in the School’s esteemed Fox/Hound intramural athletic and spirit tradition.
Since its founding in 1916, the Army ROTC Program has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million officers. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military. Women have been an integral part of Army ROTC since 1976 and currently constitute 20 percent of the more than 20,000 Cadets enrolled.