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Student-Cadets at UA Receive Air Force Reserve Officer Corps Scholarships

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A number of student-cadets at The University of Alabama recently were awarded scholarships from the Air Force Reserve Officer Corps.

The corps’s In-College Scholarship program is designed to help AFROTC meet its goal to provide quality leaders as active duty officers in the U.S. Air Force.

Recipients are selected from a field of nominees representing more than 145 detachments nationwide. Nominations are submitted to the scholarship board by detachment commanders based on qualities such as leadership, grade point average, fitness and high levels of participation in the AFROTC program. Nominees must be full time students with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher, an ACT score of 24/SAT of 1100 or higher, and meet AFROTC enrollment requirements. The board then uses a highly competitive selection process to determine the scholarship recipients.

The following UA students received AFROTC In-College Scholarships:

Brendan Bailey, a sophomore from Columbus, Mississippi, majoring in criminal justice

James McKelvy, a sophomore from Hartselle majoring in aerospace engineering

Benjamin Aronson, a freshman from Birmingham majoring in criminal justice

Zachary Brinsfield, a freshman from Fairfax, Virginia,  majoring in aerospace engineering

James Carpenter, a freshman from Lake Wylie, South Carolina,majoring in aerospace engineering

Michael Crump, a freshman from Lucedale, Mississippi, majoring in mechanical engineering

Ethan Diven, a freshman from Bel Air, Maryland, majoring in aerospace engineering

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

  • CONTACT: Kristi Payne or Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782
  • SOURCE: Lt. Col. Lesia J. Coleman-Linzy, USAF, commander/professor of aerospace studies, AFROTC Detachment 010, 205/348-5900,