May 1, 2018

UW-Superior ROTC students receive awards

University of Wisconsin-Superior ROTC student Andrew Button, who is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Aerospace Studies, received the Donald and Dorothy Peterson scholarship and the Richard I. Bong Memorial Scholarship. Presenting the award is Jordan Milan, Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UW-Superior.

University of Wisconsin-Superior ROTC student Andrew Button, who is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Aerospace Studies, received the Donald and Dorothy Peterson scholarship and the Richard I. Bong Memorial Scholarship. Presenting the award is Jordan Milan, Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UW-Superior.

Students Andrew Button and Brady Durnan received awards from Air Force ROTC Detachment 420

The Air Force ROTC Detachment 420 held its spring 2018 Awards Ceremony on April 14 at Northland Country Club in Duluth. University of Wisconsin-Superior ROTC students Andrew Button and Brady Durnan were present to receive their awards.

Button, who is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Aerospace Studies, received the Donald and Dorothy Peterson scholarship and the Richard I. Bong Memorial Scholarship.

“I felt extremely grateful to receive both scholarships,” said Button, from Alice Springs, Australia. “I have received them in the past and they help motivate me to work hard in all aspects of life. I feel very blessed knowing that there are people willing to generously aid students in their studies. I also found out this semester that after I graduate and commission into the Air Force, I will be going to pilot training, which has been my lifelong dream. I don't think I could have done it without the support that these scholarships have given me.”

A Legal Studies major, Durnan received the Donald and Dorothy Peterson scholarship and the General Charles McDonald and Colonel Karl Moravek Scholarship.

University of Wisconsin-Superior ROTC student Brady Durnan

“I was lucky enough last year to receive the Donald and Dorthy Peterson scholarship, but receive that again as well as the General Charles McDonald and Col Karl Moravek scholarship was just a god send,” said Durnan, from Birdsboro, Pa. “I am lucky enough to have a scholarship through ROTC, but I recently lost a great deal of my savings for college, so to receive the scholarships was very heartening. As well it makes me proud of the path I've taken up to this point.”

The Air Force ROTC propels students into a four-year leadership development in preparation for becoming an Air Force officer. Students enroll in courses through the University of Minnesota Duluth, but complete their major and earn their degree from UW-Superior.

Many UW-Superior ROTC graduates have risen to the ranks of colonel and general, and have served in important command roles in the U.S. and around the world.

“I hope stories like mine and that of my wingman, Cadet Andrew Button, will encourage more UW-Superior students to join our little detachment as there's a good chance you'll be rewarded for your efforts, as well as a job right out of college,” said Durnan.

University of Wisconsin-Superior ROTC student Andrew Button, who is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Aerospace Studies, received the Donald and Dorothy Peterson scholarship and the Richard I. Bong Memorial Scholarship. Presenting the award is Jordan Milan, Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UW-Superior.

University of Wisconsin-Superior ROTC student Andrew Button, who is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Aerospace Studies, received the Donald and Dorothy Peterson scholarship and the Richard I. Bong Memorial Scholarship. Presenting the award is Jordan Milan, Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UW-Superior.

Students are able to try out the ROTC program for two years without an obligation to serve in the Air Force after graduation. Scholarships for two to four years are available on a competitive basis and cover tuition, an annual textbook allowance, most lab fees and upon activation, a nontaxable monthly stipend during the academic year.

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