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Guthrie Center Celebrates NJROTC Cadet’s Prestigious National Scholarship Win


In an atmosphere brimming with pride and excitement, the Guthrie Center’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) room played host to a remarkable ceremony this Wednesday morning.

Cadet Neftally Valencia, a distinguished member of the Guthrie Center NJROTC, was officially recognized as the recipient of the prestigious National NJROTC Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year, an accolade that brings with it a staggering $200,000 scholarship award.

Family, friends, teachers, and classmates, alongside members of the United States Navy, came together to celebrate Valencia’s extraordinary achievement.

The room was abuzz with anticipation, transforming into jubilation once the announcement was made, confirming Valencia as the nation’s newest beneficiary of the scholarship.

This award, one of the highest honors within the NJROTC program, covers full tuition and educational fees at any college or university with a Navy ROTC program, along with an allowance for books and a monthly stipend of $250-$400 over four years.

Neftally’s journey to this moment has been marked by dedication and excellence, having participated in the Guthrie Center NJROTC program throughout his four years of high school. Demonstrating both academic prowess and potential for leadership, Valencia has distinguished himself as a standout candidate for the scholarship.

After accepting the scholarship, an elated Valencia shared his ambitions and gratitude. "This scholarship is not just an award, it’s the key to unlocking my future in service and leadership," said Valencia. "I am incredibly thankful for the support of my family, my instructors, and the Navy. I’m eager to take this next step at Prairie View A&M University and eventually serve as a commissioned officer in the Navy."

Cadet Valencia has opted to enroll in Prairie View A&M University , where he will pursue a degree that will serve as the foundation for his service as a Naval Officer. Whether his career takes him to the skies, across the seas, or below the surface in submarines,

Valencia’s path is set for remarkable achievements in naval aviation or surface combat. Post-graduation, he will commit to five years of service in the Navy, underscoring the profound impact of this scholarship on his professional and personal development.


The ceremony concluded with rounds of applause and congratulatory messages, highlighting the community’s pride in Neftally’s success and anticipation for his future accomplishments. The Guthrie Center and its NJROTC program continue to underscore their commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders through excellence in education and service.

As Cadet Neftally Valencia embarks on this new chapter, the path ahead promises not only the advancement of his academic and professional career but also significant contributions to his country and community as a future Naval Officer.

Congratulations, Cadet Valencia, the skies are indeed the limit.

View photos from this event here.