SiteData
Banner Icon could not be loaded.

 

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

3280 Russell Road, 2nd Floor Quantico, Va. 22134
Unit News
12MCD Marine awarded NROTC scholarship

By Cpl. Rebecca Eller | 12th Marine Corps District | March 27, 2014

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego --

    Out of 194 who applied, only 30 were selected, one is an active duty Marine with 12th Marine Corps District Headquarters. The U.S. Marine Corps awarded the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship valued at $180,000 to Cpl. Michael Wick, combat correspondent with 12MCD, and a Mundelein, Ill., native, during an award ceremony at 12MCD headquarters, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, March 24.

    The NROTC scholarship is a program to educate and train qualified young men and women as commissioned officers in the Navy or Marine Corps that pays for the full cost of tuition and a stipend of $750 per academic year for textbooks.

    There are many factors taken into consideration to be competitive for the award. Everything from test scores, extracurricular activities, letter of recommendation to a physical fitness test are thoroughly examined by a panel of officers on the selection board.

    Unlike most applicants, Wick had already been out of high school for nearly two years, but it did not hinder his application process when it came to receiving teacher’s recommendations.

    “I had a good reputation when I was in high school, all my teachers liked me,” said Wick. “They all thought highly of me, and because of that they still remembered who I was.”

    When Wick first joined the Marine Corps he didn’t anticipate the direction he is currently headed.

    “I originally thought I’d do four years,” said Wick.

    It was not until about a year and a half into his enlistment that he started thinking about the scholarship when his officer in charge, 1st Lt. Amanda Anderson pushed him toward applying, explained Wick.

    “I think as an officer of Marines, you always want to see your Marines meet their full potential, and succeed in whatever goal it is that they have,” said Anderson. “I gave him a very strong recommendation, and it wasn’t because he was my Marine, it wasn’t just because I wanted him to succeed, but I saw in him those characteristics that we look for in a Marine officer.”

    Every applicant is judged on the same attributes, and Wick was an all-around good candidate, explained Maj. Todd Miller, contact team officer with 12MCD.

    “He was considered on the same level as any other candidate,” said Miller. “He was a cut above the other 164 that weren’t selected.”

    Being an active duty service member is not a requirement to apply nor does it guarantee winning the scholarship. However, Wick believes it helped his chances to win.

    “Being an active duty Marine definitely helped me, because it shows that I am committed to the Marine Corps,” said Wick. “The other high school students you can’t really tell how they are going to be in the Marine Corps based off of their grades, for me they kind of got to know me a little more than the other applicants, and I think that helped me out in the long run.”

    Wick was taken by surprise when the commanding officer for 12th Marine Corps District called a formation to present the award.

    “Up until that point I didn’t know for sure what was going to happen,” said Wick. “When he presented me that big check with a backpack full of Marine attire I was pretty excited that the decision had been made and I won the scholarship.”

    Wick will be attending Marquette University this fall with plans to major in Public Relations.

    “I’m just really excited for these next four years, working hard and studying to pursue a commission,” said Wick. “I’m really excited to see what’s going to come after that, where the Marine Corps will take me and what adventures I will come across.”

    Interested applicants can visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/index.aspx to apply and for the full list of requirements.



No Comments


Add Comment

(required)
  Post Comment
 
Navigation
Unit News Archive
September 2014 (1)
July 2014 (1)
June 2014 (3)
May 2014 (3)
April 2014 (8)
March 2014 (2)
February 2014 (3)
January 2014 (8)
December 2013 (2)
November 2013 (3)
October 2013 (4)
September 2013 (3)
July 2013 (2)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (8)
April 2013 (5)
March 2013 (3)
February 2013 (2)
January 2013 (3)
December 2012 (2)
November 2012 (4)
October 2012 (1)
September 2012 (2)
August 2012 (3)
July 2012 (3)
June 2012 (2)
May 2012 (4)
April 2012 (3)
March 2012 (3)
February 2012 (4)
January 2012 (4)
December 2011 (1)
November 2011 (3)
October 2011 (1)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (5)
July 2011 (7)
June 2011 (13)
May 2011 (6)
April 2011 (4)
March 2011 (7)
February 2011 (4)
January 2011 (7)
December 2010 (5)
November 2010 (2)
October 2010 (6)
September 2010 (1)
August 2010 (1)
July 2010 (2)
March 2010 (1)
January 2010 (1)
September 2009 (1)
June 2009 (2)
March 2009 (2)
February 2009 (1)
November 2008 (1)
September 2008 (1)
March 2008 (6)
February 2008 (11)
January 2008 (16)
December 2007 (6)
November 2007 (64)
October 2007 (20)
September 2007 (24)
August 2007 (21)
July 2007 (11)
June 2007 (4)
May 2007 (12)
March 2007 (8)
February 2007 (1)
January 2007 (2)
December 2006 (3)
October 2006 (3)
September 2006 (5)
August 2006 (5)
July 2006 (3)
June 2006 (3)
May 2006 (10)
April 2006 (5)
March 2006 (7)
February 2006 (16)
January 2006 (7)
December 2005 (17)
November 2005 (8)
October 2005 (11)
September 2005 (14)
August 2005 (10)
July 2005 (6)
June 2005 (9)
May 2005 (19)
April 2005 (12)
March 2005 (3)
February 2005 (1)
January 2005 (2)
December 2004 (1)
November 2004 (3)
October 2004 (9)
September 2004 (14)
August 2004 (7)
July 2004 (10)
June 2004 (15)
May 2004 (19)
April 2004 (15)
March 2004 (12)
February 2004 (21)
January 2004 (25)
December 2003 (12)
November 2003 (9)
October 2003 (1)
September 2003 (23)
August 2003 (12)
July 2003 (16)
June 2003 (19)
May 2003 (10)
April 2003 (15)
February 2003 (19)
January 2003 (13)
December 2002 (8)
November 2002 (15)
October 2002 (6)
September 2002 (9)
August 2002 (24)
July 2002 (14)
June 2002 (7)
May 2002 (8)
April 2002 (2)
March 2002 (1)
February 2002 (1)
January 2002 (1)
December 2001 (7)
November 2001 (9)
August 2001 (1)
July 2001 (2)
June 2001 (1)
May 2001 (4)
April 2001 (6)
March 2001 (5)
February 2001 (4)
January 2001 (1)
December 2000 (1)
November 2000 (2)
September 2000 (1)
August 2000 (1)
June 2000 (2)
March 2000 (1)