The deadline for freshmen and sophomores to apply for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships is Friday, June 2. Air Force ROTC has openings for qualified college sophomores and freshmen, with special consideration for sophomores at this time of the year. Students have the opportunity to enter the Air Force ROTC program in fall 2000.

Air Force ROTC prepares selected college students for careers as commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force. Almost every academic major can be applied to a related Air Force career field.

Scholarships are available that can pay up to full tuition, books and fees. In addition, while in school, students receive a $200 per-school-month, tax-free stipend. Upon graduation from college and successful completion of Air Force ROTC, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Depending on where they are assigned, they receive starting pay of $29,000 to $34,000 per year (with the possibility of $49,000 to $56,000 in four years, plus the rank of captain). They also receive 30 days of vacation with pay, free medical and dental care, 75 percent tuition assistance when pursuing advanced degrees, and many other benefits, such as travel, life insurance and retirement.

Students needing further information may contact the Air Force ROTC office; however, interested freshmen and sophomores have only until June 2 to complete the application and interview process. Contact Major Greg Kadrlik, (651) 962-6329. You’re also welcome to visit in person; the Aerospace Studies Department is located in the lower level of Foley Theater at St. Thomas.