News: Payday: Phoenix high school student takes step toward dream of becoming Marine, receives NROTC scholarship
Story by Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken
PHOENIX - United States Marines from Marine Corps Recruiting Station Phoenix paid a visit to Desert Mountain High School in Phoenix Jan. 30, 2013, to present senior high school student, Mackenzie R. Bartkus, with a highly selective $150,000 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship.
Bartkus was selected among more than 130 applicants from the southwestern United States, based on his commitment to the classroom, his community and to physical fitness.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Michael Ford, commanding officer of R.S. Phoenix, presented Bartkus the scholarship check.
"Mackenzie is what the NROTC scholarship program is about, rewarding the best and the brightest for their commitment to excellence," said Ford.
Bartkus will move on to attend a four-year college of his choice, wherein he hill leave during the summer of his junior year to attend the Marine Officer Candidates Course, return to school to complete his degree, and receive his commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marines.
In the U.S. Marines, Bartkus will be able to pursue career opportunities that include pilots, ground combat officers, or a variety of support jobs.
"My uncle was a Marine, and I am honored to receive this scholarship for the opportunity to be able to continue that legacy," said Bartkus.
The Marine Corps NROTC scholarship program was established in 1932. It came into existence to develop young men and women morally, mentally, and physically, and to instill in them the highest ideals of honor, courage, and commitment. The program educates and trains young men and women for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Marine Corps.
"These students make an impact on their community and are now making the commitment to their country," said Ford.
For more information about the Marine Corps NROTC scholarship program, visit http://www.marines.com/becoming-a-marine/commissioning-programs/four-year-colleges/nrotc.
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