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Hope Mills ROTC students among top in nation for scholarships

Students at local high schools and colleges will have a portion of their tuition paid for using Army-affiliated scholarships.

At South View High School in Hope Mills, Cadet Major Trinity Ashworth and Cadet PFC. Bakari Walker, both Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps seniors, recently learned that they were among the nation’s top cadets to earn a four-year ROTC scholarship.

Their instructor, retired Command Sgt. Major Ruby Murray, said that of more than 9,000 applicants, Ashworth’s and Walker were among 10% of selected students nationally.

“They both make me proud,” Murray said. “The scholarship is more than their grades. It’s about service-learning, selfless service, hard work, dedication, integrity, being something bigger than yourself, and teamwork.

Ashworth is South View High School’s junior ROTC battalion commander and helps lead 120 cadets through the program.

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