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    Tuscaloosa student receives Marine Scholarship

    Tuscaloosa Student Recieves Scholarship

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Jon Holmes | Sgt. William Clark, left, a recruiter from Recruiting Substation Tuscaloosa, Ala.,...... read more read more

    TUSCALOOSA, AL, UNITED STATES

    05.14.2014

    Story by Sgt. Jon Holmes 

    6th Marine Corps District

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native was recently awarded a full-tuition scholarship to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, from the United States Marine Corps.

    Gabriel Foster, a Tuscaloosa Christian Academy student from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, accepted the scholarship May 14 in front of an auditorium of students, family members and teachers.

    The future bulldog is now on the road to the university of his dreams, a destination that he admittedly thought was out of reach.

    “I always wanted to go to college,” Foster said. “There was no way I would be able to afford going to The Citadel until I got the scholarship.”

    The competition for selection was very competitive according to Capt. John Bailey, the executive officer of Marine Recruiting Station Montgomery. Foster was one of only eight individuals to be selected from the state of Alabama.

    Within the Marine Corps, nothing is ever given – it is earned, Bailey said. Foster established himself at the top of his class academically, excelled in athletics and in his leadership roles in organizations such as the National Honor Society. Upon graduation from the Citadel, Foster will have a four-year commitment as an officer in the Marines.

    And that is a path that fills his parents with pride.

    “I’m unbelievably proud of him,” said Kent Foster. “He’s put in a lot of work and worked hard for it.”

    His mother echoed those sentiments.

    “I’m happy he has this opportunity,” said Lynne Foster. “It’s what he has always dreamed of and this will help him go to the college he wanted to.”

    The Naval Reserve Officer Training Program was established in 1926 to provide young men with the opportunity to take up a career in the naval profession. The Marine Corps became a part of the NROTC program six years later. Today, the program hopes to develop young men and women for leadership positions in the Navy and Marine Corps. For more information on the program or to apply for a scholarship, visit www.nrotc.navy.mil.

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    Date Taken: 05.14.2014
    Date Posted: 05.20.2014 14:00
    Story ID: 130488
    Location: TUSCALOOSA, AL, US 

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