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Army Increases Scholarship Support for Dartmouth's ROTC Cadets

The commanding officer of the U.S. Army's Cadet Command has notified Dartmouth President James Wright that, beginning this month, the Army will increase its support of scholarships for Army ROTC cadets at Dartmouth to cover full tuition and fees.  

The increase in the Army's level of financial aid follows more than a year of effort on the part of the College, led by President Wright and Dean of the College James Larimore. Both worked with Major General Alan Thrasher, formerly the Army's national commander for ROTC programs, and his successor, Major General W. Montague Winfield, to persuade the Army to substantially increase the value of its scholarships to its ROTC cadets at Dartmouth. In a January 3 letter, Winfield notified Wright of the Army's decision to do so. 

"This is of course very welcome news to Dartmouth's Army ROTC cadets and to others in the Dartmouth family," Wright says. "We very much appreciate the attention the Army has given to our case on this matter, and the subsequent increase in Army support for their scholarships to Dartmouth cadets."

The Army's action means that much more of the financial aid for ROTC cadets at Dartmouth will now come from the Army. Dartmouth has previously been one of several Ivy League institutions whose ROTC cadets did not receive full scholarships from the military.  Larimore explained last October, that, "Dartmouth (along with every other Ivy school) awards need-based financial aid to ROTC participants in the same way that it does to all Dartmouth students eligible for aid and meets the full demonstrated needs of students. In addition, ROTC participants may apply for special Army ROTC scholarships. Dartmouth has no control over the award or amount of those scholarships. They are administered by the Army. ROTC participants at some Ivy schools receive larger Army scholarships than those that have been made available to Dartmouth participants. Dartmouth has requested that the Army increase the value of the scholarships awarded to our cadets so that they are on a par with those given to cadets at some of our peer institutions." 

Last June, Wright and Larimore met with Major General Thrasher - who at that time was the Army's national commander for ROTC programs - during Thrasher's visit at commencement time to participate in the Dartmouth ROTC commissioning ceremony. 

While Wright and Larimore were both pleased by the Army's response, they made clear that the College will also continue to oppose the "don't ask, don't tell" position of the U.S. military and the federal government with regard to gays and lesbians who serve the military.

Larimore's July letter to The Dartmouth explains, "In keeping with directives of the Board of Trustees, twin objectives guide the Dartmouth administration in its approach to ROTC on campus: to create the maximum variety of opportunities for our students to serve in positions of leadership and influence, including those in the military, and to speak up against policies that are not in accord with our own policies on equal opportunity, as is decidedly the case with the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy."


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Last Updated: 12/17/08